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Cassettes were a marked improvement from 8-tracks.

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Hey, man! I liked Venom! It was as much of a popcorn-eating time waster as I wanted it to be.

And, I'll steer clear of Madame Web. Thanks for the heads-up.

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If Zwick had never made another film after "Legends of the Fall," his legacy as a master of the medium would rest intact; even the first few haunting notes of the soundtrack still bring me to tears. Thanks for this thoughtful piece.

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One reason it might be difficult for a White director to make Glory today is that a White guy made Glory in 1989. (Good movie.) Would it be so terrible for a Black director to get a crack at it now? As to movies where the White protagonist is the focus of a story that could just as easily foreground a Black character - White Savior stories - well, you can't say we haven't had a whole lot of them. But you can say that there have been markedly fewer where Black characters lead the story.

It's too bad for Zwick that he wasn't born back when people didn't care about Black representation in movies, other than making sure Blacks didn't have jobs behind or in front of the camera, except occasionally as sassy or subservient servants. Even so, he had a pretty good career. If his future prospects are limited - and I hope they aren't - that's determined much more by the studios' views of economics than by a bunch of Black directors helming Black-focused films. And maybe, Hollywood will still have stories by White folks, aimed at White audiences, made by White folks. Audiences will benefit if Zwick directs one of them.

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Two Things:

Last night I just finished “The Path to Paradise” last night and plan on starting “Hits, Flops, and Other Illusions” next.

When you said Fall Guy I just assumed you meant that in the same way people said Barbie and Mario were original last year. Speaks well of you to correct it though.

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