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Scott Mendelson
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The basics - 31 years old, married with two kids, currently residing in Woodland Hills, CA. Aside from my day job (kind of a secret, but it’s independent contracting), I dabble in voice over and occasionally play around on the Improv scene.

I am simply a longtime film critic and pundit of sorts, especially in the realm of box office punditry. I also syndicate myself at The Huffington Post and Open Salon. Aside from the usual film gossip (not the US Weekly or Nikki Finke variety), I’ll be dealing with box office analysis and comparison and criticism of film criticism and journalism (watching the watchmen, as it were). I will dabble in politics here and there, but I'm sure there are many people on this site who can do that better than I.

For an archive of all of my work, go to Mendelson’s Memos ( That site also contains pretty much every film review I have ever written, yes even some of the garbage I wrote when I was sixteen.

I will update as often as my schedule allows. Yes, I'm on Facebook/MySpace/Twitter, so feel free to find me there. All comments are appreciated, just be civil and try to keep a level discourse, as I will make every effort to do the same. Thank you.

Scott Mendelson

Entries by Scott Mendelson

Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

(4) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 11:02 AM

G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013 100 minutes rated PG-13

It's no secret that I'm a fan of G.I. Joe: The Rise...

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On the 'Morality' of Cinematic Action-Movie Massacres

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:40 PM

There is a moment at around the 20-minute mark of Olympus Has Fallen (review) where a giant airplane piloted by evil North Koreans shoots...
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Review: Olympus Has Fallen

(10) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 120 minutes Rated R

If taken at face value, Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen is pretty much morally indefensible. Written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, the film...

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Why Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters May Represent the Future of Big-scale Studio Movies

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 3:44 PM

I wrote several weeks ago about how something released this year or perhaps last year might be a signal for the future of the...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Veronica Mars Film

(6) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 11:12 AM

30,000 people donated an average of $64 during a several hour period last week, and thus we will be getting a Veronica Mars movie sometime next summer.  Creator...
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On the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq Invasion, Why Do We Praise the Converted Over the Initially Right?

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 10:23 AM

I think it's terrific that Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has come out in support of gay marriage.  I think it's notable that he came to...

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Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 2:32 PM

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone


100 minutes

Rated PG-13

Among its many other faults, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone makes a solid case for the old 'television is better than the movies' argument....

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The Good News/Bad News About Oz: The Great and Powerful's Complicated Gender Issues

(26) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Full-on spoiler warning...

Unfortunately pretty much everything I feared about Oz: The Great and Powerful, right from the second trailer, turned out to be...

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Weekend Box Office: Oz: The Great and Powerful Summons $80 Million, With All Signs Pointing Towards a Leggy Run

(12) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 1:02 PM

I've said this before, but one of the problems with modern box office analysis is that it treats studio tracking numbers, which are supposed...
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Review: Dead Man Down

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 10:06 AM

Dead Man Down 2013 110 minutes rated R

Up until the very end of the picture, Dead Man Down is a mostly serviceable crime drama.  It has fine work from Colin Farrell...

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Movie Stars Aren't an Endangered Species, They Are More Vital Than Ever in the $200 Million Fantasy Tentpole Era

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 6:08 PM

For more like this, go to Mendelson's Memos...

There are $200 million fantasy spectaculars opening within two weeks of each other at the moment.  If...

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Weekend Box Office Part I: Fee Fi Fo Flop: Jack the Giant Slayer Bombs Harder Than John Carter

(57) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Pretty much everything I said last March about John Carter applies to Jack the Giant Slayer.  There are a few differences.  Jack and the...
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Review: Stoker

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 11:13 AM

2013 100 minutes rated R

Park Chan-Wook's Stoker is a delicious hybrid of its influences, which mix into an engaging fable of its own.  Written by Wentworth...

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Funny or Not, The Onion's Quvenzhané Wallis Tweet Was Effective Satire That Reflected Back at Us

(115) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 1:57 PM

That so many were so outraged this morning is precisely the point. Satire at its best highlights the lesser parts of society, using amplification to reflect it back at us and make us take notice of our own behavior. Those decrying The Onion, a satirical newspaper, for running an offensive...

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Because It Best Represents the Best Film Trends of 2012: The Oscar Case for Argo

(8) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 1:01 PM

Argo (review) is not my favorite film of the year.  It didn't even make my best-of-2012 list.  It had to settle for the runners-up section along with...
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Review: Snitch Is a Potent Political Diatribe Disguised as a Solid B-movie Action Drama

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 11:57 AM

2013 115 minutes rated PG-13

Writer/director Ric Roman Waugh and writer Justin Haythe's Snitch (trailer) operates on two levels.  On one hand, it's a pulpy and...

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Review: A Good Day to Die Hard Dies Badly...

(104) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 7:38 AM

A Good Day to Die Hard
2013 97 minutes Rated R

By Scott Mendelson 

For a retrospective of the entire series, go HERE.

As my father...

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Review: Beautiful Creatures (2013) Is Almost Fantastic

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Beautiful Creatures
2013 129 minutes Rated PG-13

So much of Beautiful Creatures (trailer/banner) is so unexpectedly terrific that it's almost a tragedy when...

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On the Coming Blockbuster Tent-pole Gender Divide...

(9) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 8:43 AM

Comic Books for Boys, Young-adult Literature for Girls: On the Coming Blockbuster Tent-pole Gender Divide...

If you've been paying attention to the various trailers being unleashed in the wake of Breaking...
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What Will the Next Wave of Blockbusters Bring? What 2013 Release Will Be the Next Star Wars/Batman/Harry Potter?

(12) Comments | Posted February 9, 2013 | 9:38 AM

This is something I've touched on here and there, but here we are in 2013.  I've been waiting with baited breath for awhile to see what the 2013 movie release schedule bring.  Will the pattern I've long...

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