How to Become a Successful Writer – Hollywood Style

I decided I wanted to be a writer in the third grade when I created my first short story, Timmy the Turtle. Honestly, I didn’t believe I had a future, but my English teacher fell in love with it and hung it on the bulletin board. To a young schoolgirl, that was like having a New York Times best seller!

You can learn the craft of writing from reading books by people who are self-publishing gurus, or you can join numerous writers’ support groups, if you are in to that sort of thing […]

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VHS Revival’s Bizarre Movie Posters

Promotional posters are an essential part of any successful movie. Not only do they offer the public its first visual insight into an upcoming picture, they help to promote its genre and theme, as well as the marquee attractions whose job it is to convince eager fans to part with their hard-earned cash.

Posters can make or break a movie. From the crudely drawn, minimalist posters of the late 19th century, the art form would grow in both scope and impact, employing illustrators and artists […]

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Arnie’s Top 10 Movie Puns – Part One

When it comes iconic figures, there are none more recognisable than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Born to stringent communist parents in a small town with a population of just over 2,000, Arnie would burst to fame in bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. With his docile accent, Arnold hardly seemed like a superstar in the making, but next to his musclebound co-stars the cocksure kid from Thal shone brightest […]

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VHS Revival’s Greatest Movie Taglines

Taglines are an essential part of any promotional package.

Along with posters and teaser trailers, their aim is to sell a movie without giving too much away. A great movie tagline says an awful lot using very little. It is clever and memorable, and along with its accompanying image sells a picture to its potential audience by establishing tone and genre, giving you an idea of what you might be able to expect […]

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Sleepwalkers (1992)

Back in the early ’90s the horror genre began to look decidedly second-rate.

Part of this was due to the increasing availability of CGI for low budget movie makers, its bargain basement lows becoming more widespread and accessible. Another, perhaps more telling part, was the plethora of made-for-TV Stephen King adaptions, their overabundance flooding VHS stores at a rate fast approaching that of his fiction […]

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Revisiting . . . Stand By Me (1986)

It is perhaps ironic that one of the most nostalgic movies of the 1980s acquires its sense of sentimentality from an entirely different era. Based on Stephen King’s short story The Body, Stand by Me is an intoxicating ode to the 1950s, with a tragic underbelly that belies the myth of what on the surface might be considered simpler times […]

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