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Back by Unpopular Demand: 6 Pointless Film Sequels

Back by Unpopular Demand: 6 Pointless Film Sequels

Featured Posts, Movies
The word 'sequel' comes to us from the Latin word 'sequi', which translates as 'follow'.  It's also closely related to the Latin word 'sequela', meaning 'a disease or condition which is caused by an earlier disease or problem'.  Given the glut of needless and tiresome sequels produced by Hollywood throughout the years, I think the second translation is the more relevant one. The list of high-profile cinematic sequels that can't hold the jock strap of the beloved originals is fairly long indeed (Godfather III, any of the last three Star Wars entries, The Next Karate Kid, Batman & Robin, and Caddyshack II come to mind immediately), but what about the ones that passed virtually unnoticed like so many silent farts?  Do they not stink just as badly?  Why yes, yes they do.   Hold your
Venture Bros. Wrapup: “The Buddy System” (S03E05)

Venture Bros. Wrapup: “The Buddy System” (S03E05)

TV & Radio
I can't be the only one who made instant comparisons between this week's episode of The Venture Bros. and the classic season 1 entry, "Tag Sale - You're It!"  The obvious link is Doc Hammer, who wrote both episodes.  But more than that, the episodes contain the same ingredients for awesomeness -- clever dialogue, a deceptively simple plot, tons of great cameos, and just enough intrigue to keep the overall story arc moving. As for that deceptively simple plot, it pretty much goes like this -- Dr. Venture, strapped for cash, converts his compound into Rusty's Day Camp for Boy Adventurers.  And unbeknownst to all but Brock, the Monarch seizes the opportunity to do some reconnaissance (do not call it arching!). Working off that framework, "The Buddy System" is a parade of character v