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Ah summer camp! Who doesn’t have fond memories of their days at Camp Mosquito, swimming, hiking, canoeing, sitting around the campfire making s’mores and telling ghost stories, desperately hiding your crush on the boy in the next bunk but secretly hoping he feels the same way…
Two new summer series debuted last week, each angling to capture that camp nostalgia and each including gay characters. One of them is really bad and one of them is pretty good. First, the bad.
USA Network’s Summer Camp is a reality series pitting two teams of eight against each other in a “boys vs. girls” competition. Each of the contestants is identified by either a character trait (“The Mean Girl”, “The Class Clown”) or an occupation (“The Soldier”, “The Model”). Gay contestant Kyle Kleiboeker is “The Broadway Performer” so it kind of works as both, I guess?
In an era of endless sequels and reboots, we have become increasingly tolerant of how far movie makers will stretch for an original idea. I suppose it’s up to movie audiences to tell them when they've gone too far. Nazis are invading from space? Ok. It seems more plausible than Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires.
Part of the fun of watching movies is seeing something that could not happen in reality. No matter if it’s due to the laws of physics or to the physical limitations of man, normal life is sometimes just too boring. That’s a major appeal of movies; escapism. Those of us that can’t come up with our own ideas pay to watch someone else’s come to life. Iron Sky is one such attempt to separate you from your money in exchange for preoccupying your mind for a few hours. The only difference »
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I first profiled this sci-fi action/comedy film, and one of its stars, about 2 years ago; it's been a long journey for it, as the filmmakers have been working on it piece by piece, according to however much funding they had for each during each stage of the process. Such is the the way of indie filmmaking. Buzz about the film picked up when it was announced that it would finally make its world debut at the Berlin Film Festival in February of last year (2012), after 5 or more years in production (this is what happens when you're making sci-fi parody without any real steady financial backing). Christopher Kirby, the actor who played Mauser in the last 2 Matrix flicks, The »
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3 items from 2013
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