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“Mean, Surly, Nasty, Rude”: Elvis Presley in Film

I recently visited Memphis, Tennessee, home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion. As you might expect, thousands of people come to visit the site each year and Memphis has responded by plastering Elvis on everything you can think of. It’s always the same image of Elvis: poofy pompadour, jumpsuits, and sunglasses. That seems to be the … Continue reading

7 Movies That Should Have Been Based on Toys

As is often the case with traumatic events that occur on a national scale, few of us will forget where we were when the first trailer for the Battleship movie came out. Nobody could have predicted the bewildering blur of images and sounds that devastated our eyes and ears on that tragic day. America wasn’t … Continue reading

Thanks a Lot, James Franco: How Sci-fi Makes Science Look Bad

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, released August 5th, tells the story of Caesar, a super-intelligent chimpanzee made an outcast among both humans and his fellow chimps, which turns him into a primate Che Guevara as he leads an ape army through San Francisco.The cause of his super-intelligence is an experimental Alzheimer’s drug that … Continue reading