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Adam Forsgren
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Hollywood makes too many remakes, but if they were all as good as Magnificent Seven, I'd complain a lot less. Read on for more Old West goodness...
It’s been said the a great story is one that can be told and retold.Judging by that metric, the story of the new “Magnificent Seven” remake must be one of the all-time great stories because it seems like it gets recycled every few years. From Akira Kurosawa’s magnum opus “Seven Samurai” to the 1960 Western version “Magnificent Seven” starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen to movies that have borrowed heavily from “Mag Seven,” like “A Bug’s Life,”...
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Public places for nerds to hang out are becoming increasingly scarce. Read on to see how to deal with it. 
In the first novel I ever wrote, I set a number of scenes in a store. Said store was packed with anything my nerdy heart could ever desire: comic books, rare imported anime DVDs, heck, for enough money you could even buy the very chainsaw Ashley J. Williams wore on his stump in “Army of Darkness”. It was heaven on earth; “Nerdvana”, if you will. It was a place I wanted to walk into and never leave. I wanted to...
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Some thoughts on the state of film criticism today. Are critics still relevant? Read on to find out!
Professional film critics are having a hard time of it. Their jobs are becoming more and more insecure. Meanwhile, fans seem determined to voice displeasure with critics’ opinions, no matter what they may be. Critics trashed “Batman v Superman” and the fans had a tizzy. Critics praised “Ghostbusters” and the fans had a tizzy. There was no way to win. Worse still, is the fact that in this age of electronic connectivity, critics have angry fanboys ...
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It's a week late, but here's my review of the latest Bourne flick, Jason Bourne.
When “The Bourne Identity” hit cinemas in 2002, it was a bit of a game-changer. It presented a new formula for the perfect spy movie: take the intrigue of a “James Bond” movie, add in a character with a mysterious haunted past and a heaping dollop of grisly, chaotic visual style. Heck, the “Bourne” movies were so successful that even the “James Bond” franchise borrowed elements to improve their movies. But 14 years on, it’s time to let Jason Bour...
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In this week's column, we explore to throwback old-school excellence that is Stranger Things. If you haven't checked it out yet, this is why you should.
Are you a child of the 80’s? Did you grow up with the films like “Goonies”, “Stand By Me” and the 1982 version of “The Thing”? Are you a fan of the storytelling of Stephen King? Do you like your movie music very minimalistic and played on wheezing old synthesizers? If you answered “Yes” to more than one of those questions and you haven’t checked out the new Netflix series “Stranger Things”, then I have one last question for you:...
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Here's this week's column. It's about finding writing inspiration. Give it a looksie, if you want.
As many writers know, sometimes the hardest part of the job is coming up with an idea that you like. That’s why it’s really important to always keep an eye and your mind open, because sometimes inspiration can pop up in the most unexpected places. One of the places I’ve found to be quite fruitful for drawing ideas from is conversations with friends. For example, it was on a late night drive home from a long day of hunting for...
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Ever notice that sharing get more fun as you get older? And sharing the nerdy stuff you love is the best. Read all about it...
It’s kinda funny what you remember from childhood. I remember those hot summer days when running through the sprinklers on your lawn was the second best thing ever. The best thing ever was the sight of Mom walking our way, huge smile on her face, proffering popsicles and towels. The goosebumps rising on my arms were not just the result of being wet and cold, and my mouth watered in sweet, sweet anticipation. Then, tragedy. Mom broke in half the...
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Warning: Do not watch this movie unless you want to feel inspired. And awesome. 
The summer movie season seems to be more saturated with massive blockbusters every year. I spend a couple of weeks of every year catching up with smaller movies I lost amid the din created by the big studio ones. One movie I missed out on this year was “Sing Street,” a wonderful little movie about youth, music and love that has more heart and joy in 10 seconds of its run time than most blockbuster manage to display in two-plus...
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Sorry this is late. It's been a struggle to abide through my depression lately, and writing has been really difficult. But here's this week's column. Read it. Share it. Print it out and use it to light your campfire. And thank you for your patience.
It’s been said that if you want to make a hero great, give him a fabulous adversary. But a great villain is so much more than just an obstacle for the hero to overcome. A great villain is not just a dude (or lady) in black. A great villain can be a charismatic personality that keeps you glued to the screen or turning the pages. A great villain can make the hero even more heroic. I’ve noticed over the years...
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In this week's column, we explore why you should check out the old-school throwback goodness of Stranger Things.
Are you a child of the 80’s? Did you grow up with the films like “Goonies”, “Stand By Me” and the 1982 version of “The Thing”? Are you a fan of the storytelling of Stephen King? Do you like your movie music very minimalistic and played on wheezing old synthesizers? If you answered “Yes” to more than one of those questions and you haven’t checked out the new Netflix series “Stranger Things”, then I have one last question for you:...
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Is Suicide Squad a good movie? Not really. Is it worth your time? Absolutely. Read on to see why...
The recent movies based on DC Comics characters have not been stellar. “Man of Steel” was a mopefest built around a conflicted hero who did more damage than good to his community. “Batman v Superman” was a joyless, pretentious bore. And then along comes “Suicide Squad”, a movie centered on a group of supervillains. Would this be a yet another depressing, underwhelming entry in the DC cinematic oeuvre? Surprisingly, no. “Suicide Squad” might be th...
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The new series of Star Trek movies has swapped out brains for action, and Star Trek: Beyond showcases this fact in new uncertain terms. But is it worth seeing? Read on to find out!
It’s pretty obvious that the recent run of “Star Trek” movies is not your father’s “Star Trek”. The thoughtfulness and philosophy of the older “Trek” incarnations with amped-up action and a starship full of quippy dialogue. The latest helping, “Star Trek: Beyond” is the quintessential contemporary “Trek” film, an action-packed romp that tries to make up for it’s lack of intellectually stimulating content with a lot of gunplay and giant fireballs...
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  • University of Utah
    Film Studies, 1998 - 2001
  • Ricks College
    General Education, 1992 - 1994
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