Andrew Raker

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In Hollywood, there’s never a wrong time to revisit the premise of a previously existing classic. It’s usually a movie that earned serious bank upon its initial release, though every now and...
While character growth is fundamental to most Hollywood films, the coming-of-age sub-genre employs it as a primary narrative device. Examples date back throughout history and tend to center on young...
Hollywood’s trends and standards change at an impressive rate, and today’s zeitgeist can be tomorrow’s half-forgotten memory. While such turnover seems especially high in this modern age, the...
Hollywood aspires to offer audiences “likable” protagonists, but an iconic movie is often only as good as its primary villain. More than mere obstacles, these essential characters laugh in the...
Hollywood aspires to offer audiences “likable” protagonists, but an iconic movie is often only as good as its primary villain. More than mere obstacles, these essential characters laugh in the...
With its library of over 3,700 films, Netflix is home to a lot of great movies – but also to some truly terrible turkeys. That comes as great news to lovers of bad cinema, for whom camp is a...
They can’t all be winners, as the saying goes, and that’s as true with HBO Max’s film library as it is anywhere else. On the plus side, a number of the streaming platform’s worst movies are...
A tradition unto itself, actor body transformations are also a relatively modern phenomenon. In fact, one might be hard-pressed to find a number of solid examples from before Robert De Niro’s...
The Netflix film library is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get. That’s truer now than ever before, as the streaming giant continues to add new titles from every...
Even cinema’s foremost masterpieces generally represent a compromise between artistic vision and economic demand. In order to please audiences, directors are often asked to change endings or leave...
Between its ever-emerging slate of new content and its vast existing library, HBO Max continues to deliver some of the best in streaming entertainment. The month of April is no exception, and it...
Clint Eastwood has had a long and storied career, spanning almost 65 years. He has directed almost 40 films and had roles – from miniscule, uncredited ones to Oscar-nominated starring turns...
Animated TV shows became popular in the 1950s with “Felix the Cat” and “Crusader Rabbit.” The genre grew through the 1960s with Disney productions and the rise of major animation producer...
It’s hard enough making it big in the music business once, but doing it twice is something of a miracle. Nevertheless, numerous artists who first found stardom as members of groups have gone on to...
As the lackluster box office performance of Steven Spielberg’s new “West Side Story” – released 60 years after the original film version – goes to show, quality entertainment...