As super-fans continue to debate the meaning of Star Trek Into Darkness, the recently revealed title for J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek sequel, everyone else should welcome it as the rare movie title not weighed down by distracting punctuation marks. Sure, the lack of a colon after Star Trek raises questions about parts of speech (is trek being used as a verb?), but it also makes this one of the few recent sequels to eschew dots and dashes. Remember, we’re living in a time in which studios release movies called The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One. Naturally, there are exceptions to the anti-punctuation rule, but not many. Herewith, a non-comprehensive breakdown of the good, the bad, and the ugly of movie-title punctuation.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
(500) Days of Summer