The Truman Show Revisited

In 1994, Jim Carrey broke big, starring in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber, three box office toppers that catapulted the rubbery-faced comedian to global superstardom. There’s an entire generation of kids that went around quoting those movies, repeating Ace’s catchphrase of “Alrighty then!” while affecting the same overly confident voice that Carrey had first workshopped as a different character in sketches on the TV show In Living Color.

One thing Carrey wasn’t was a critical darling. It may have taken his Batman Forever co-star, Tommy Lee Jones, to come right out and say it, but it was implied often enough in reviews that not everyone could “sanction” Carrey’s “buffoonery.” This would change somewhat in 1998 when the actor reinvented his slapstick schtick with a film that Popular Mechanics later ranked as one of the 10 most prophetic sci-fi movies ever. Released on June 5, 1998, The Truman Show famously presaged the reality TV boom and saw Carrey passing through the door to more seriocomic fare like Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

20 years later, The Truman Show remains Carrey’s best film. But what makes this movie timeless is the level on which it functions as a beautiful, satirical allegory.

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The Best Movies Leaving Netflix in October 2016

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While next month will see a number of great movies arriving on Netflix (in the United States), it will also see more than a few must-see films vanish. Here are the movies leaving Netflix in October 2016 that you need to catch before they’re gone. Read More »

Movies Being Adapted Into TV Shows

TV companies are going crazy trying to mine film libraries for the next big television series, because why come up with an original untested idea without an established brand name title, right? I almost included the movie to television series trend in my 9 Current Movie and Television Trends I Hate article last month, but I decided it was too soon to make that judgement.

While I’m already tired of seeing the announcements, I really loved Fargo (and I really mean LOVED — it’s my favorite television series of the year), I’m still enjoying Friday Night Lights/Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims‘ About a Boy, and I know many people who really dig Hannibal, Bates Motel, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. So it’s hard for me to condemn it at this point.  And yes there are also GothamConstantine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I consider those shows comic book adaptations.

You might be shocked to learn that there are currently over 30 television shows in development right now based on big screen movies. Which are good ideas? Which sound horrible? After the jump, I attempt to rank all of the movies being adapted into TV shows, by concept from worst to most promising ideas.

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Paramount Developing ‘Truman Show’ TV Series

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When The Truman Show was released in 1998 it was hardly the first time we’d seen the concept, in which a man discovers that his entire life is a television show designed to entertain the masses. Similar concepts had been explored in various sci-fi stories, but Peter Weir’s film starring Jim Carrey added a particular spin that made The Truman Show feel whole and very much its own thing. (The location, a Florida town called Seaside, helped. And Seaside still looks like that.)

Now there might be a Truman Show TV series, as Paramount seeks to exploit properties in new media. Read More »

VOTD: The Movie Alphabet


YouTube user TheToaster2006 has created a supercut of film characters reciting the alphabet, one movie for each letter of the alphabet. Hit the jump to watch the video now.
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What do our movies say about us and the world that we live in?

As 2009 has come to an end and 2010 is already upon us, a myriad of “Best of the decade” lists have been unleashed, many of them in the realm of film. Whether or not I agree with their choices, I find many of them to be fascinating reads. It’s always interesting to reflect upon the vastness of the body of work we’ve witnessed over the past decade. But comparing the films of this decade to the films of other decades may offer even more insight into how our sensibilities are changing.

I was home for the holidays, playing cards with my brother, and listening to my iPod music playing on the shuffle setting, when I heard a track come on from the soundtrack of The Truman Show, entitled “Raising the Sail.” Hit the jump to hear the track, and for some more thoughts on how movies have changed over the past few decades.

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