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Fandom, Nostalgia, and the Power of ‘Gilmore Girls’

Thousands of Gilmore Girls fans visited pop-up Luke's Diner coffee shops across the US on "Gilmore Day", indicating the strength of the fandom's passion and support.

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Russ Meyer, the Auteur of Superfluity

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls shows Meyer editing his films in the manner of a coked-up, horny 17-year-old with ADD and a perverse obsession with Sergei Eisenstein.

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A 50th Anniversary Reflection on the Greatness of Lenny Bruce

Chief among Bruce’s peeves is hypocrisy of any stripe, and chief among his virtues is his constant willingness to cop to his own sordid contradictions.

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6 Oct 2016 // 8:30 AM

Was ‘On the Town’ the First Film Musical Shot On Location?

On the Town: seminal in its use of on-location photography? Yes. The best remembered film musical for this reason? Yes. The first Hollywood musical to shoot this way?

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‘iZombie’ Season Two Continues to Be the Spark of Life in the Zombie Genre

TV's most lively zombie returns on DVD, and she, and the rest of the cast, are as fun and wild as ever.

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What Are You Laughing At?

LGBT+ comedians are enjoying enough success to offset the barrage of gay jokes that seek to demean. They have Paul Lynde and Jack "Moms" Mabley to thank.

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‘Shameless’ Season Six Brilliantly Chronicles TV’s ‘Least Likely To Succeed’ Family

Complete with abrasive “previously-on” intros, new behind-the-scenes featurettes, and deleted scenes, the Gallaghers are back with a vengeance.

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Is a Frustratingly Accurate Exploration of Selfishness

Mike Birbiglia's second feature maintains audience engagement despite its frequently unlikable characters

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You Can Almost Feel the Desperation of Everyone Involved With ‘Masterminds’

Jared Hess’s snoozefest is a comedic black hole from which laughter cannot escape.

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28 Sep 2016 // 8:00 AM

Atlanta: Season 1, Episode 4 - “The Streisand Effect”

Less action, but more character building informs Atlanta's latest episode.

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Play Out the Play: Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight

Bursting with vertiginous momentum, Chimes at Midnight presents a wonderfully sociable anti-sociality.

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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Season 2, Episode 14 - “Bruce Springsteen”

Springsteen's interview with Colbert emphasizes the politics of space and reveals how we should truly judge his forthcoming memoir.

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Bloody Revenge Never Looked This Good: ‘The Dressmaker’ Sways and Slays

Kate Winslet paints the town red in this scrambled but wildly entertaining outback folktale.

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Criterion Draws Fresh Restorations From Welles With ‘Chimes at Midnight’ and ‘The Immortal Story’

In his late period, Orson Welles was just getting started.

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Film Forum Marx Brothers Festival: Unassuaged Desire

The Marx Brothers are polymorphously perverse: they find pleasure everywhere.

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Make It Quick: The Art of the One-liner

Some may dismiss the one-liner as an easy gag, but a good one requires real skill. Luckily, there are comedians out there who have mastered the art.

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20 Sep 2016 // 9:00 AM

Atlanta: Season 1, Episode 3 - “Go For Broke”

Only three episodes in, and yet Atlanta offers a lived-in feeling and plenty of surreal humor.

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All a Put-On, Man: Six Weird Things About ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’

This story's milieu is a special mythical corner of The Establishment, and yet it's weird as hell.

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To Explore Strange New Worlds: ‘Star Trek’ and Its Pornographic Parodies

Pornographic productions created with mindful attention to the source material and fandom may well be considered as transformative works of fan art.

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Jerry Lewis Shines, but the Bloom Is Off ‘Max Rose’

Jerry Lewis slips easily into this curmudgeonly role; he understands bitter sarcasm and stifling silence like he understands a good pratfall.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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