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Fans Killed the Magic of Mystery in Hollywood Films

The Force is no longer mysterious. We've demanded to know everything about Logan’s history at the expense of his mystery. Hollywood complies. The magic is dead.

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Beware the Superhero Fallacy

Heroes in thrillers, war films, sci-fi and horror films have been known to accidentally kill the wrong person. Why doesn't this happen in the superhero genre?

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Spy for Sale: What Does the Future Hold for the James Bond Series and for Bond Himself?

With Sony's 007 contract expired, we take a tongue-in-cheek look at how very differently the Bond films might take shape under different studios.

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Music in Motion: On ‘Jazz as Visual Language’

A "jazz studies" scholar looks at jazz as integral to and informed by film and television depictions of the music and its methods.

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Behind Francis Ford Coppola’s Magic, the Work: ‘The Godfather Notebook’

No one other than Coppola could have directed The Godfather, because the mental effort to work Puzo’s world into film is on the level of science fiction.

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This New Spielberg Biography Falls Short in its Analysis of a Storied Man

Film historian Molly Haskell's Steven Spielberg covers all of Spielberg's life, but its pointed analytic lens is too small to properly put his life's work in perspective.

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The “Good Old Days” of TV Are Happening Right Now

Why American television is better now than it's ever been -- and the unexpected paths by which it got there.

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How ‘Gotham’ Re-Invents Batman’s Sexual Politics

Fox's Gotham finally gives DC an edge over Marvel as it interweaves morality and sexuality into a sophisticated narrative.

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Art Transforms in Brad Bird’s Pop Americana Film, ‘The Iron Giant’

This film takes a revisionist approach to forms of American popular culture and mythology -- the Atomic Age, comic books, sci-fi, mid-century design -- and depicts a fierce battle between orthodoxy and individual vision.

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What Happens When Happy Shows Turn All X-Files on You?

From The Brady Bunch to M*A*S*H, what do we do when our favorite TV shows spawn shockingly dark offspring?

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9 Nov 2016 // 4:00 AM

National Sweeps: The Merger of TV and Presidential Elections

Beyond reality stars and dynasties, TV can influence what we accept in our political leaders.

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What Is ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trying to Accomplish?

Can the rebooted film franchise keep what is special about Star Trek, but boldly go where no director has gone before?

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‘Television: A Biography’ Showcases How TV Is an Insanely Mutative Beast

David Thomson's lucrative and exhaustive biography of television reminds us that the continuously morphing state of TV matches our increasingly digitally-enhanced society.

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Animation: It’s Not Just for Children, Anymore

The inclusive approach in A New History of Animation will have you discovering the work of new animators, and new works by artists already familiar to you.

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6 Oct 2016 // 8:15 AM

Why Isn’t American TV Comedy Funny?

It's as if Americans are afraid to find anything funny about their reality.

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‘In Search of Lost Films’ Leaves One Imagining the Possibilities

Film critic Phil Hall searches out the stories behind the deletion of films that could be as important as those that were saved.

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Domestic Infelicity: ‘Way Out’ Is Lost and Found on YouTube

Roald Dahl's short-lived anthology feels like a merging of Rod Serling's horror and sci-fi with Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with unhappy marriages.

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‘Seinfeldia’: Yada yada yada ...

Seinfeld may have been “a show about nothing”, but Seinfeldia has plenty of fascinating things to say about it.

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If You’re Suspicious of the Pitch, Read ‘Mad Men, Death, and the American Dream’

If Mad Men’s slickness allow us to enjoy the existential emptiness at the heart of American identity without implicating us, Bronfen’s volume works to close that distance.

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‘Action Comics #962’: Deriving Novelty From the Inane

Is it possible to put this genie back in the bottle without destroying the bottle and everything else within a five-mile radius?

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"Full Throttle: Remastered is a game made for people who don't mind pixel hunting -- like we used to play.

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