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The Wizard Review


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I know a whole lot of people with vivid memories of The Wizard. It came out in 1989, during the heyday of the original eight-bit Nintendo videogame system, and, like a lot of Nintendo commercials, you can imagine that it was pretty convincing to the target audience. The movie is supposedly about Jimmy (Luke Edwards), a kid who has a specialized mental illness that makes him really good at videogames, and his older brother Corey (Fred Savage), who hauls Jimmy across the country to compete in a videogame championship. As is often the case in shlocky family films, this dangerous and senseless runaway jaunt somehow brings a broken family together.

But even the cheap melodrama can't match the movie's primary concern, which is advertising Nintendo and Nintendo accessories, especially the then-brand-new Super Mario Brothers 3. At the time, a ticket to The Wizard came with a miniature issue of Nintendo Power magazine; it should've come with a subscription. Come to think of it, the DVD should at least be packaged with some back issues, for proper ambience.

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Newsies Review


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"Headlines don't sell papes. Newsies sell papes."

Well, now telemarketers sell papes, and I sure as hell wouldn't want to see a movie about that. Especially if they were singing all the time. But back in 1899, when Joseph Pulitzer (played by Robert Duvall) and William Randolph Hearst raised newspaper prices, that meant the newsies had to pay more for their copies, and they couldn't pass that along to the consumer. So the newsies organized a union and went on strike. And the strike failed.

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