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The Accidental Turitz: It’s a Bummer There Aren’t Enough Movies This Summer Due to Hollywood’s Lack of Counterprogramming

May 25, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: It’s a Bummer There Aren’t Enough Movies This Summer Due to Hollywood’s Lack of Counterprogramming

I’m seeing Top Gun: Maverick for a second and third time over the next few days because I loved the movie so much the first time, and while I’m excited to see it again (and again), I’m just as excited to go back to the theater at all, given how few opportunities there seem to... »

The Accidental Turitz: When It Comes to Peak TV, Too Much of a Good Thing Is Never Bad, Until It Is

May 18, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: When It Comes to Peak TV, Too Much of a Good Thing Is Never Bad, Until It Is

I spend a lot of time in front of screens these days, and not just the one on which I write this weekly column. There is the external monitor hooked to the laptop, my phone, my TV, my iPad, and the movie theaters where I catch as many flicks as possible, perhaps to make up... »

The Accidental Turitz: Marvel Has Developed a Bit of a Story Problem Due to Demands of Disney+

May 11, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Marvel Has Developed a Bit of a Story Problem Due to Demands of Disney+

Just a heads up, I’m going to be talking about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and I’m going to be getting into spoiler territory, so if you haven’t seen it and want to avoid finding out anything you don’t want to know ahead of time, come back to read this after you’ve... »

The Accidental Turitz: Forget Family, Fast X Director Swap Is About Big Money and Bigger Egos

May 4, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Forget Family, <i>Fast X</i> Director Swap Is About Big Money and Bigger Egos

By now you’ve heard the news that Justin Lin has departed from the latest entry in the Fast & Furious franchise, which I believe is known as Fast X, because of course it is. The man who almost singlehandedly resurrected the franchise and has directed five of the first nine movies in the so-called... »

The Accidental Turitz: In Need of an Identity, Netflix’s Collapse Has Been a Long Time Coming

April 29, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: In Need of an Identity, Netflix’s Collapse Has Been a Long Time Coming

If you’ve been paying any attention whatsoever to this space over the last year or so, you will recall that there have been a few mentions of Netflix and the inevitability of its decline. From the start, I never believed that its business model was sustainable, simply because it called for an ever-increasing number... »

The Accidental Turitz: Want to Watch Sports on TV? Get Ready to Subscribe to a Streamer Instead

April 20, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Want to Watch Sports on TV? Get Ready to Subscribe to a Streamer Instead

Apple has been making a lot of noise lately about spending a lot of money to fill out its programming slate for Apple TV+ and since the company is still not buying Netflix or any other studio — something I still believe is only a matter of time — that means it’s going after... »

The Accidental Turitz: The Mid-Budget Movie Died Long Before Netflix (or Ambulance) Showed Up

April 13, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: The Mid-Budget Movie Died Long Before Netflix (or <i>Ambulance</i>) Showed Up

I don’t normally refer to the work of other journalists as “inane,” but I’m not sure how else to describe a piece I read this week in Variety, which basically blamed Netflix for the death of both the mid-budget movie and the original action picture. The fact that someone decided that it was Netflix’s... »

The Accidental Turitz: Why Hollywood’s Biggest Problem — Lazy Tentpoles — Is At Least Partially Your Fault

April 6, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Why Hollywood’s Biggest Problem — Lazy Tentpoles — Is At Least Partially Your Fault

You may recall that just a few weeks ago, I wrote roughly 1600 words extolling the virtues of The Batman. Well, on Monday, I sat through another comic book movie, this one being Morbius. Rest assured, this week’s column will not be extolling anything about that film. Watching Morbius actually made me angry. It’s not... »

The Accidental Turitz: Thoughts on The Slap Felt ‘Round the World and Hollywood’s Lack of Class

March 30, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Thoughts on The Slap Felt ‘Round the World and Hollywood’s Lack of Class

Let’s start with the fact that it was a crap joke. We all know that by now, and even Chris Rock has admitted it was a misfire that was ill-considered and in bad taste. Whether Rock knew about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia or not, at its core, the simple truth was that the joke... »

The Accidental Turitz: With a Streamer Poised to Win Best Picture, the Oscars Are at a Tipping Point

March 23, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: With a Streamer Poised to Win Best Picture, the Oscars Are at a Tipping Point

It took the Emmy Awards a long time to recognize cable television, and even though cable TV was really just starting in 1978, it was still enough for people to get together and create the Cable Ace Awards to recognize excellence in non-broadcast content. Throughout the 1980s, winning a Cable Ace Award was a... »