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Wednesday, July 9 2014

‘Ramrod’ Is a Western of Doubles

Andre De Toth's noir-ish western, Ramrod, is notable for its examination of doubles; almost every character has someone else who matches their identity.


Sunday, April 21 2013

Django May Be Unchained, But America Is Never Unshackled from Its Racist Past

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is at its strongest when it problematizes America's racist past.The destruction of Candyland not only vindicates Django’s revenge-fuelled quest, but also implies that slavery itself has been wiped off the face of the earth.


Wednesday, October 19 2011

‘Jackie Brown’: Is a Love Story, a Heist Film, an Offbeat Crime Story Set to a Great Soundtrack

The intriguing combination of Elmore Leonard's voice with Tarantino's unique dialogue leads to his best film.


Thursday, August 11 2011

TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011… Number 3

This year Justified went from being a very good show to being a great one, while two of TV's most promising new series, Terriers and The Chicago Code, were gone too soon.


Tuesday, August 9 2011

Quentin Tarantino’s Cinematic Reality

Quentin Tarantino is reliving his childhood cinema experiences, reinterpreting fractured moments of memory. Going to the movies is about an escape from our world, a mirror world at once familiar yet different.


Tuesday, June 22 2010

The Plots of Streets of Laredo and Dead Man’s Walk Are Prone to Wandering Off Into the Frontier

If you are already a fan of Lonesome Dove, then you will probably enjoy Streets of Laredo and Dead Man’s Walk.


Tuesday, June 15 2010

‘American Bandits’ Ain’t No ‘Treasure of Sierra Madre’

Fred Olen Ray saw The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and was inspired to make his own James-based film. The aforementioned is a great movie, but alas, American Bandits is not.


Tuesday, September 22 2009

The Frontier Doctor’s Fancy ‘Queen of the Cimarron’

Frontier Doctor's church-prescribing gumdrop-toting hero comes face to face with the unthinkable: a tough-talkin' hard-done bad-girl with money on her mind (gulp).


Wednesday, April 29 2009

Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.


Sunday, January 11 2009

Back to Basics - The 30 Best TV Shows of 2008

The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.


Western (Reviews) [16.Dec.08]
Stop-Loss (Reviews) [6.Aug.08]
Stop-Loss (Reviews) [28.Mar.08]
Hitman (Reviews) [18.Mar.08]
Live Free or Die Hard (Reviews) [2.Jan.08]
Hitman (Reviews) [20.Nov.07]
Die Hard Neocon (Features) [2.Jul.07]
Live Free or Die Hard (2007) (Reviews) [27.Jun.07]
Catch and Release (2006) (Reviews) [13.May.07]
Monkey Business (Part 2: June) (Features) [1.May.07]
Catch and Release (2006) (Reviews) [26.Jan.07]
Net-Works: The Best TV of 2006 (Features) [10.Jan.07]
The Shield (Reviews) [24.Jan.06]
The Shield: Season 4 (Reviews) [23.Jan.06]
The Shield (Reviews) [21.Mar.05]
Deadwood (Reviews) [21.Mar.05]
The Shield: Season 3 (Reviews) [24.Feb.05]
Deadwood (Reviews) [12.Apr.04]
The Girl Next Door (2004) (Reviews) [8.Apr.04]
A Man Apart (2002) (Reviews) [3.Apr.03]
Dreamcatcher (2003) (Reviews) [20.Mar.03]
The Shield (Reviews) [7.May.02]
The Shield (Reviews) [7.Jan.02]
Rock Star (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
The Broken Hearts Club (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
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