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John Barrowman serenades the Doctor, an Icelandic blockbuster, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ a disaster?, more: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let thias stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
We looove John Barrowman’s awesome new Doctor Who song!

A real blockbuster … in Iceland

Scientist To Hollywood: Stop Making Shit Up

ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an “unmitigated disaster”?

(about the Icelandic film industry)

‘Unbreakable 2’ on the Horizon?

Variety and the Case of the Vanishing Review

Watch This: What if David Lynch Remade Your Favorite Movie?

Could Hollywood Exist with More Honesty?

Cat-and-Mouse for a Trashy Trailer

Church upset Roland Emmerich destroyed Jesus in 2012

Whoa! Why J.D. Salinger HATED Raiders of the Lost Ark

Couple transform their house into a steampunk paradise

Look who’s FlashForward-ing: BSG’s Gaius Baltar!

BBC signals an end to era of expansion

Chris Hedges on ‘The Death and Life of American Journalism’

Admiral Ackbar May Be The New Ole Miss Mascot



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  • Well, it’s no big secret that Holden Caulfield didn’t think too highly of Random Harvest but I didn’t think his creator ever expressed any opinions on movies made during my lifetime. Then again, Salinger wasn’t the first author I’ve read who was less than impressed with ROTLA and I’m not sure why that should be such a big deal. It’s not like the fact that it isn’t universally popular makes an otherwise good movie worthless.

  • Here’s a fun link for you. Snowpocalypse, 1888 style, in the New York Times.

    http://tinyurl.com/ybkg8p8

    Love the John Barromwan song. Better than the original!

  • After all, 2001: A Space Odyssey survived a diss from noted author Harlan Ellison as did Star Wars, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Back to the Future and Robocop. (I’m not too sure Ellison didn’t have a point about those last two but that’s an argument for another day.)

    For that matter, Brazil managed to develop a cult following despite receiving a bad review from Roger Ebert. And, of course, Kubrick’s The Shining got a number of bad reviews upon its release.

    In the end, Time is the only judge of whether or not a movie is worth watching. That and Newsweek

  • Kenny

    Please, please, don’t ruin Unbreakable for me.

  • clay

    It’s early yet, but so far the Alice in Wonderland reviews are mostly positive:

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10009599-alice_in_wonderland/

    Got my IMAX tickets for Friday!

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