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Pop Rocks: So Far, Universal's 100th Anniversary Is...a Bit Underwhelming

Universal Pictures (a Comcast company!) turned 100 years old on April 30. Overall, it's been a decent century, from their classic horror films of the '30s and '40s through postwar abundance to the subsequent focus on television production. Sure, Universal's released its share of dogs (how many freaking Francis the Talking Mule movies were there?), but also a fair number of classics like Dracula, The Wolf Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, American Graffiti, High Plains Drifter, Jaws, E.T., Schindler's List...not too shabby for a hundred years.

To commemorate this milestone, the studio has been leading off its 2012 releases with an updated version of its classic globe logo (seen above). And maybe it's just me, but a fair number of this year's movies may not have made the likes of Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg's waistcoats swell with pride.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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