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'Monster House' Writer Says He's Sorry Too

30 March 2010 7:45 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

It's an epidemic! Screenwriter J.D. Shapiro recently apologized for his work on Battlefield Earth, which won a Razzie Award as the worst screenplay of the decade. (Read Monika Bartyzel's post here on Cinematical to catch up.) Now it's been revealed that writer Dan Harmon has apologized for his work on Monster House. Wait a minute, though; isn't Monster House a highly acclaimed animated movie? Didn't this very site call it "a fantastically animated flick... one of the best kids' flick to come out of any studio in a long time"? Why would anyone feel a need to apologize for that?

Because a 7\seven-year-old girl started having nightmares after seeing it. As explained by the Arts Beat blog at The New York Times, the girl's mother wrote to Harmon in early 2008 -- she knew him through a friend -- and explained the situation. He wrote back, addressing his thoughtful, kind reply to the girl, »

- Peter Martin

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Favorite 100 Movies of the Decade (#100-76)

9 January 2010 10:47 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We're doing this a little different than we did the male and female performances... but we're still skipping the 2009 films -- we'll get to those starting this weekend (I'm not quite ready to start the awards... sorry!). I'm still turning the 2009 movies around on my tongue and deciding how they taste. Had Avatar for a second time tonight. Verdict: deliciously bold flavors ... with a distinct cheese popcorn aftertaste. I will gladly devour it a third time.

Disclaimer 1: As you would surely know if you've ever made such a list, judging/enjoying an entire decade is a very personal thing and also a hopelessly ephemeral process. The movies would be in a different order if the list were made on another day. And decades take years to settle. I didn't know with 100% certainty when the 1990s ended that The Piano, Heavenly Creatures and Boogie Nights would cement themselves as my »


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