Posts Tagged: ‘gremlins’

If you want a film to rake in cash at the box office, here’s a tip: make it PG-13. From 1995 to 2012, PG-13 films made more money than those under any other rating, with PG-13 flicks grossing $42 million on average, compared to $38 million for G, $37 million for PG, and $15 million for R. When the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) unveiled the rating on July 1, 1984, it wasn’t looking to create a Hollywood cash cow; rather, it was seeking to assuage parents complaining that the 1984 blockbuster “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” which features a scene with a man holding a still-beating heart in his bare hands and other visual delights, was too gory for its original PG rating.

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Mogwai and Gremlins might SEEM the most unrealistic little monsters ever to crawl out of the 1980s, but nothing could be further from the truth.

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie dissect Gremlin/mogwai biology and show you how all that melting and metamorphosing matches up with the rest of the animal kingdom.

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If you’re an Eighties baby like me, you already know The Rules. No, I don’t mean those silly rules about dating. I’m talking about the rules for the proper care of a Mogwai. Wait … what?

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