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People say that Hollywood has lost all of its creativity in recent decades. I tend to not agree with that if only because people tend to overrate the level of creativity Hollywood actually used to display. But there’s one place where a lack of creativity on Hollywood’s part is truly evident, and that’s in the modern Hollywood movie poster art and lobby card art.

 

I’m going to put on my grumpy old man hat today. I am not going to do the “It was always better back in my day!” routine along with donning that hat though, but only because many of the posters I’m going to use here today are from films that predate my coming kicking and screaming into this world. Plus, the decline in overall poster and lobby card quality started when I was younger, so a lot of the bad is in fact from back in my day.

Have you seen the social media posts poking fun at the Kong: Skull Island posters that look for all the world like rip-offs of the Apocalypse Now movie posters? To a degree it’s funny seeing someone in the promotional department commission posters and lobby cards that so closely (pardon the expression) ape the look of the classic posters, but at least the end result was posters that stand out. They pop when you see them, and they have a fantastic artistic style that makes them stand out like few other posters, lobby cards, and ad images for movies do these days. This is kind of a problem.

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2016 in a Nutshell

Posted: December 26, 2016 in Life, News, Uncategorized

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I’ve been a wrestling fan for years now. Moreover, I’ve been a fan of pro-wrestling for years now. That may look like I said the same thing twice, but it’s not quite the same thing. Like many, I’ve been a wrestling fan in that I enjoy just sitting down and watching and enjoying what I’m seeing on the TV screen or in whatever venue I was in for a live show. But, additionally, I’ve been a fan of wrestling. I’m one of those people who love the art of it, the technique of portraying the unreal as real in live entertainment and not breaking the “reality” of it. I love the history of it all, and I love seeing how wrestling has influenced pop culture in different eras and vice-versa. I also love the variety of it all. I’m a wrestling fan, and I’m a fan of pro-wrestling.

This can be a good thing and a bad thing when it comes to what’s happening in the pro-wrestling world. See, I’m in my mid-forties. I’ve seen some of the biggest “Golden Eras” of wrestling over the last 50 years. The big problem with this is that every time we seem to see these “Golden Eras” we see the world of pro-wrestling simultaneously become lesser for it.

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Support what you love. Promote what you love. Those seem like pretty basic concepts. They also seem like easy things to do. But if you spend any time at all on social media you’ll see that a lot of people use their time “socializing” by doing things other than this. As a matter of fact, a lot of people- and I am guilty of this myself from time to time when it comes to the realm of politics –seem to spend as much time or more essentially promoting the examples of what they don’t like than they do promoting things they like. That really is something a lot of people should work on changing.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune (4)How big of an impact can a film that was never made have? How about changing the look of American film sci-fi? Come learn about how that happened, and about a vision for an unmade film that has kept people talking about it for over forty years now.

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There’s been a lot of talk about LGBT people and public restrooms lately. Everyone from conservative pundits to Ted Cruz are out there fear mongering their little hearts out about it. We have to, they say, pass laws that are hugely discriminatory and often reaching far beyond simple restrooms or else “those people” will get into the public restrooms with you and *gasp* your kids! Let’s talk two key facts of reality here before we carry on with the hyping of the fear train.

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Black Friday

It’s that time of year again. We’ve already seen the stores pack up their Halloween products a week before Halloween in order to make room for their Christmas merchandise, some of the terrestrial and satellite radio stations are already switching over to all Christmas music formats weeks in advance of Thanksgiving, and store managers everywhere are plotting their survival plan for Black Friday with the kind of detail that one would expect to see in a major military offensive. Black Friday is coming, and, even worse, the false Black Friday news media narrative is being dusted off and readied in news rooms everywhere.

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