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Dangerous cinema: When bad films turn good

Some good parts of bad films just want to be in a better movie.

Even when a film is an overall failure, it can still have things in it that work on their own.

The first example is the birth of the SandMan in Spider-Man 3 (2007).

Spider-Man 3 as a film is a mess, with it being a clear example of too many things being packed into one film, instead of being spread out into multiple films. With three main villains, who range from OK to cartoonish, the film is all over the place.

Highline poetry contest seeks entries

Deadline for Highline’s 10th annual Poetry Contest is Feb. 11.

Cash prizes will be awarded, including $200 for the first-place winner, $150 going to second, and $100 dollars going to third place.

An additional $75 will go to seven honorable mentions/runner ups.

‘Die Hard’ is the ultimate Christmas movie; its first sequel, not so much

This week we’re going over probably the best Christmas film of them all, Die Hard and its first sequel Die Hard 2.

The first film, Die Hard (1988), was directed by John McTiernan, and based on the Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever.

This was a sequel to his previous book, The Detective. It also got adapted into a film by the same name, The Detective, in 1968 and starred Frank Sintara, but that film has nothing to do with the film Die Hard.

Artist works in many media

A huge paper cutting art by Barbara Earl Thomas, an American visual artist based in Seattle. Thomas’s artwork is not only paper cutting. Her work has a wide range such as writing, glass, egg tempera, painting, and sculpture. The purpose of her artwork is to tell the story of her experience and observations of the world affected by politics. The Exhibition “Barbara Earl Thomas, the Geography of Innocence,” will run until Jan. 2, 2022 at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave., Seattle. Tickets for students are $15.99. The museum is open on Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Not every Christmas classic has to be black and white or involve Bruce Willis

There are many classic films everyone thinks of, classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and Die Hard. Throughout the years however, new Christmas classics to watch with the whole family continue to show up under the tree.

The first film to go over is The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992), an adaptation of the Charles Dickens story of the same name. And is the directorial debut by Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson (creator of The Muppets).

These three movies were so good they couldn’t be contained on the big screen

Many films have left their mark in the pop culture landscape, but very few have done so well to have a TV show continue their stories.

The first example, is a blockbuster of a film called Stargate (1994), directed by Roland Emmerich, most well known for directing Independence Day (1996) and the infamous American adaptation of Godzilla, Godzilla (1998).

Highline professor climbs higher along with her literary heroine

A Highline professor has just published her third novel in a series that she said tries to address the issues of young women breaking into roles that men have traditionally held.

Jamie McGillen, who teaches in the English Department, has just released In the Heart of Paradise, the third book in the Rainier Series, which follows the adventures of 19-year-old Anna Gallagher, a young woman with mountaineering dreams but who faces the pressures to marry well and soon.

The series is set in the late 1800s after the Great Seattle Fire.

‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’ is a tasty Thanksgiving treat

Plane, Trains, & Automobiles (1987) is well known for being “the only good Thanksgiving movie.” But that statement is selling the movie short. It’s not just, “the only good Thanksgiving movie” but also a good comedy with a lot of heart in it.

The film was written and directed by John Hughes also (known for writing the first two Home Alone movies, and writing and directing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, and Weird Science.)

No Name trilogy invented the spaghetti western

The Man with No Name trilogy is famous for popularizing spaghetti western films, but some aspects of the films have aged poorly.

The Man with No Name trilogy is a set of westerns directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood as a bounty hunter who’s name is never given (though he is given a nickname in each film).

Each film is very loosely connected, the only constant being the main character, the reusing of several actors in different roles, the same director, and all having excellent music by Ennio Morricone.

VelociPastor is just as ridiculous as the title suggests.

VelociPastor (2018) is a clear cut example of a B-Movie.

The film follows a pastor named Doug Jones (Greg Cohan), who has the ability to turn into a dinosaur. He gained this ability after taking a trip to China, during which he stumbled upon a dying woman, who was being chased by ninjas. She gives him a mysterious artifact that he accidentally bleeds on while fleeing from the ninjas.