ToC Classic: The Crow (1994), directed by Alex Proyas

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By Jacob Slater

Or, The Goths Turned Me Down Because I Bummed Them Out

I suppose I just can’t help it. Now that Sting has signed on to the WWE, a move that would have blown people’s minds in 1997, and is fulfilling every wrestling fan’s dream by feuding with a bald middle-aged Triple H, I just can’t help but think of The Crow. Indeed, Sting’s shameless rip-off of J.O. Barr’s famous comic book (or rather the film adaptation, which at the time was still relevant) has become The Icon’s most popular and signature gimmick, perhaps even eclipsing that of the original. The power of marketing is a dangerous thing, ladies and gents. How else would an Ant-Man have a chance of making over a million dollars?

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Toc Double Feature: Full Moon Features

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By Jacob Slater

Or, Something to do with Tides and Werewolves

I’d say that a significant amount of time has passed since my last Double Feature article, so how about a new one?

At several points during my musings on film I’ve brought up the idea of the auteur director, the concept of a director as the supreme creative force over a film. While this is true to an extent, and certainly it was auteurs like Spielberg, Lucas, and Coppola that defined American cinema in the 70s, the idea that directors are always the most important voice in the room. Studio execs, producers, the guys with the money basically, have always had a say in what goes on when it comes to films (and everything else, really), for better or for worse.

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