Glynn MooreNews editor and local columnist for The Augusta Chronicle.

Should you judge a film by its title?

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The Oscars have been handed out, and most of the movies nominated from last year had decent titles. (Not good enough for me to have gone to see them, but that's beside the point.)

The King's Speech was a good movie name with a double entendre referring both to the speeches the king had to make and to his ability to speak in public despite his stuttering. That reminds me of another kingly movie: 1994's The Madness of King George, based on a play called The Madness of George III but not released by that title in our country, supposedly because moviegoers might think they had missed parts I and II.

On the other hand, I didn't care for the name of the 2010 film The Fighter. Didn't we just have The Wrestler a couple of years ago? Toy Story 3 sounds suspiciously like a sequel, and True Grit -- well, I've seen that movie before somewhere. Maybe if they had called it Truer Grit or True Gritter , I would have wanted to know more.

Speaking of sequels, I like that Alien in 1979 was followed by Aliens; that seems to flow. To this day, however -- and I know this is sacrilege to some of you -- I can't tell you the order of the first two Star Wars sequels. Did The Empire Strikes Back come before or after Return of the Jedi?

Sometimes, a word or two enlightens or confuses us. A line of horror movies that began with Final Destination continued with Final Destination 2, then Final Destination 3. Next, however, came The Final Destination. How does adding "the" set it apart from the first film?

Titles should not lie. I saw a film long ago about a volcano. It was called Krakatoa, East of Java. The trouble is, Krakatoa is situated west of Java in Indonesia. You'd think they would check that out before putting it into theaters.

When I was living in the tropics, we would go to the movies a lot for the air conditioning. I remember being drawn into the theater by Cool Breeze. The title was all we knew about it. It was two hours of bloody violence, but it kept us cool.

From the trailers shown during the Super Bowl, it seems we have some odd movies coming out this year. The fifth in the series of The Fast and the Furious movies will be called, of course, Fast Five. The next Transformers movie will have some unwieldy title, and Super 8 appears to be about aliens or something, though you couldn't tell it by the name.

The movie that might get me into the theater this year also was teased during the Super Bowl: It's about cowboys fighting space aliens and is called, natch, Cowboys & Aliens. That title encompasses two of my childhood fantasies: playing cowboys and Indians and battling space creatures.

I just hope it doesn't turn out to be this year's Snakes on a Plane.

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