Films featuring
Thomas Haden Church

Spider-Man 3

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While I would never knowingly recommend either of the two Joel Schumacher Batman movies to you, gentle readers, I think either of these two brain-dead cinematic exercises would be instructive to those responsible for Spider-Man 3. It could have helped them avoid that dread affliction known as elephantiasis of your villain roster. It’s what happens when you have three (or more) antagonists for your comic book hero to fight, fatally diluting the threat that any one of them poses. A quick review of Superman Returns might have also warned them of the dangers of dwelling too much on your hero’s girl troubles. Yes, Peter Parker’s relationship with Mary Jane is major part of the Spider-Man mythos, but there is such a thing as balance and this movie does not achieve it.

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Sideways

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It’s a rare film that actually has a measurable impact on a completely unrelated industry. And for it to be such a sweet, low-key comedy like Sideways is, I think, almost unheard of. But after this film was a hit with audiences, sales of Pinot Noir skyrocketed while those of Merlot dipped slightly.

I sincerely doubt that the filmmakers went into this project aiming to reshape the wine industry. They were just trying to make a quiet, very human story about two friends on a road trip to celebrate an impending marriage and, in that effort, they very much succeeded.

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