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Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
Location
Woodland Hills, California, United States
Birthday
April 02
Bio
A ten-year Salon reader, Mendelson also has a film and politics blog/column at Mendelon's Memos: located at: http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com/. He is also a free lance voice over artist and occasionally contributes film reviews for www.ValleySceneMagazine.com.

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JUNE 21, 2012 2:14PM

Open Salon review: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild
2012
90 minutes
rated PG-13
Opening June 27th in select theaters.

By Scott Mendelson

Beasts of the Southern Wild is among the most transporting films you're likely to see. Director and co-writer Benh Zeitlin, using Lucy Alibar's play… Read full post »
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JUNE 7, 2012 12:32PM

Open Salon review: Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus
2012
124 minutes
rated R

by Scott Mendelson

Come what may, Prometheus is a mid-level version of what it is.  By that, I mean it is, in the end, a somewhat generic Alien/The Thing-type horror film.  It is mostly… Read full post »
Ten years ago, Spider-Man shocked the industry by grossing more than $100 million in a single weekend.  Five years ago, Spider-Man 3 broke the $150 million weekend barrier.  This weekend, The Avengers has blown through the $200 million barrier, delivering a record opening weekend… Read full post »
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MARCH 7, 2012 1:59PM

Rush Limbaugh's ad desertion feels good, but should it?

About a week after Rush Limbaugh's (insert negative adjective HERE) comments about Sandra Fluke, a law student who testified before Congress regarding the ongoing 'debate' about contraception, the longtime right-wing talk-radio host has lost 30 sponsors from his show as a result
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JULY 20, 2011 10:17AM

Open Salon review: Captain America (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger
2011
124 minutes
rated PG-13

by Scott Mendelson

Joe Johnston's Captain America is a gloriously old-fashioned bit of shoe-leather adventure.  While there are plenty of elaborate special effects, the emphasis remains on character and narrative. &nbs… Read full post »
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JUNE 28, 2011 1:50PM

Open Salon review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3D)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
2011
154 minutes
rated PG-13

by Scott Mendelson

On a relative scale, the third time is the charm for the Michael Bay robot-smashing series.  This second sequel  basically gives us the apocalyptic Transformers epic we've been waiting for since… Read full post »
X-Men: First Class
2011
132 minutes
rated PG-13

by Scott Mendelson

I have no idea how 20th Century Fox plans to fit X-Men: First Class into the mythology of the previous X-Men pictures.  It theoretically works as a prequel to the first three films, even as… Read full post »
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APRIL 18, 2011 10:47AM

Open Salon Review: Scream 4 (2011)

Scream 4
2011
110 minutes
rated R

by Scott Mendelson

It is rare that a film spends such a large chunk of its running time basically admonishing its own existence.  Yet Wes Craven's return to the world of Scream is not only a relatively unnecessary franchise revival,… Read full post »
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APRIL 4, 2011 6:24PM

Why the studios' Video On Demand scheme is doomed.

I know when I saw that fantastic Green Lantern footage on Saturday, my first thought was "Wow, I can't wait to watch that in my home just sixty days after theatrical opening day for just $30!".  Fox, Warner Bros, Sony, and Universal announced last week that they will begin offering… Read full post »
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MARCH 11, 2011 9:52AM

Open Salon Review: Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

Battle: Los Angeles
2011
116 minutes
rated PG-13

by Scott Mendelson

Rare is the movie that loses points for being too realistic.  But Jonathan Liebesman's alien invasion picture feels less like an epic and more like a genuinely plausible war picture.  This is not a bad thing,… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 17, 2011 9:57AM

Justin Bieber's attempt at nuance in a soundbite era...

This is the first, and hopefully last article I'll be writing about Mr. Bieber that doesn't involve his present and future film projects. I have nothing against the kid, but I have no more business discussing Bieber's worth as a musician than I do discussing LeBron James's first year on… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 3, 2011 12:37AM

Wonder Woman comes to TV, where female superheroes thrive.

I have written a couple times about the David E. Kelly Wonder Woman reboot that is apparently scheduled for this fall on NBC.  The show will allegedly involve a somewhat 'realistic' take on the Amazon warrior, with Diana being a CEO by day and a vigilante at night.  The pilot… Read full post »
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JANUARY 25, 2011 10:38AM

Mostly Good News: Thoughts on the Oscar nominations.

Is Chris Nolan the new Steven Spielberg?  Inception received eight nominations, including Best Picture, but Nolan failed to receive a directing nod this morning.  That is arguably the biggest surprise in the otherwise predictable batch of Oscar nominations today.  Even as someo
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JANUARY 24, 2011 10:26AM

Open Salon Box Office Review (01/23/11)

As the lone new wide-release of the weekend, the Ivan Reitman romantic-comedy, No Strings Attached, debuted with $20.3 million.  The $25 million picture was a solid win for both Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.  Portman probably deserves credit, as this was the first mainstream p… Read full post »
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JANUARY 12, 2011 2:58AM

Open Salon Review: The Green Hornet (2011)

The Green Hornet
2011
119 minutes
Rated PG-13
by Scott Mendelson

There is a refreshing quaintness to Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet.  In an age where every comic book adaptation and/or superhero adventure story sets out to be the biggest, most explosive, most fx-filled, most fantastic
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DECEMBER 2, 2010 10:01AM

Open Salon Review: Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan
2010
110 minutes
Rated R
Opens December 3rd in select theaters
By Scott Mendelson

Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is a dazzling and often intoxicating horror story.  No, it's not a body count slasher picture or a supernatural spook story, but it is every bit as unnerving
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NOVEMBER 24, 2010 9:43AM

Open Salon Review: The Nutcracker 3D (2010)

The Nutcracker 3D
2010
105 minutes
rated PG
Opens Wednesday, November 24th in select theaters.
 
by Scott Mendelson
 
The Nutcracker 3D is one of the strangest cocktails I've seen in a long time.  It's technically a kids adventure story, yet it eventually becomes, of all thing
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OCTOBER 29, 2010 11:42AM

Open Salon review: Saw VII 3D (2010)

Saw VII
2010
91 minutes
rated R
by Scott Mendelson

Saw VII is an unnecessary epilogue to a series that already had a pretty satisfying finale.  Saw VI succeeded in returning Tobin Bell to the center stage, while devising a compelling story that brought the story full
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OCTOBER 13, 2010 11:49PM

Open Salon review: Red (2010)

Red
2010
111 minutes
rated PG-13
by Scott Mendelson
There is something to be said for the simple pleasures of watching seasoned performers give weight and potency to relatively shallow material.  Red is, on its own merits, a sloppy and thin piece of genre film-making, often lacking basi
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OCTOBER 8, 2010 12:57PM

Open Salon Review: My Soul To Take (2010)

My Soul To Take
2010
107 minutes
rated R

by Scott Mendelson

I often discuss the weird parallel nature of certain filmmakers.  By that I mean that certain would-be auteurs are wildly inconsistent in their output.  Could the same M. Night Shyamalan would wrote and directed The Sixth Sense a… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 4, 2010 11:05AM

Open Salon weekend box office in review (10/04/10)

It was good news for one major release and bad news for pretty much everything else. The much hyped and critically-acclaimed 'founding of Facebook' drama The Social Network debuted in number one this weekend with a strong $23 million three-day take. Predictions were all over the map for this o… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 12:01AM

Open Salon review: Let Me In (2010)

Let Me In
2010
115 minutes
rated R
Opens nationwide from Overture on October 1st.

by Scott Mendelson

Let Me In is a fine motion picture, a moody and character-driven horror film that shows a patience and intelligence rare in the genre.  It is visually gorgeous, subtly
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 1:03PM

Katy Perry bumped off Sesame Street for being attractive.

She's not exposing any actual flesh, other than a bit of leg.  None of her lyrics are profane.  There is not a hint of sexuality or any lust in Elmo's eyes.  She's singing a song about opposites (hot/cold, up/down, etc).  Yet, for the apparent crime of, well, being genetic… Read full post »

Brent Lang of The Wrap just doesn't get it.  Plain and simple.  In his provocatively-titled piece 'Zac Efron and the Incredible Shrinking Teen Idol Stars', Land submits that the newest generation of young stars (Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson, Miley Cyrus, etc) have disappointed at the… Read full post »

Playing like an old-fashioned general-audiences blockbuster, Chris Nolan's Inception opened at the higher end of expectations with $60.4 million over the weekend. That's a 2.79x weekend multiplier, which means that front-loading was moderate but not severe (the film actually rose a token amou/…

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