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A Parallel History of America Through Filmmaker Debra Granik

Sure, Debra Granik helped direct Jennifer Lawrence to her first Oscar nod, but her new motorcycle documentary gives her oeuvre a theme: films about the neglected and disenfranchised in America.

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points, Episode III: Evolution of Light and Dark

"Minch Yoda"? "Darth Wilson"? "Kane Starkiller"? "Cos Dashit"? "Jaster Mereel"? "Gary Vader"? Who are these guys that brought the Star Wars saga we know to life?

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‘Magic Boy’ Is Dotted With Adorable Animals

Magic Boy is Japanese animated cinema in the style of Disney.

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‘High and Low’: This Is Not Your Typical Mindless Rich Guy

Akira Kurosawa makes a daring attempt to tell an epic story of rich businessmen, determined cops, and the low-end criminals and drug addicts struggling to survive.

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‘Pale Flower’: Living for Death

Into this movie's milieu of prison terms, all-night gambling sessions and literal and figurative back-stabbings arrives a dewy young woman named Saeko (pronounced, more or less, 'psycho') who is very young and very tired of life.

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Comparing Akira Kurosawa’s Early and Late Films

There are some striking differences not only between the earlier films of Kurosawa and the later films, but in the very different ways that people have responded to these two different groups of films

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Kurosawa 101: Day Ten, 1991 - 1993

Today we bring to an end our examination of each of the films of Kurosawa directed in his amazing career. After the ambitious epic Ran, Kurosawa embarked a three smaller but more personal films.

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Kurosawa 101: Day Nine, 1975 - 1985

The three films featured today represented the director's ascendance to greater international acclaim, even while he struggled to find financing in Japan, where the movie industry was shriveling. All three of these films were made either in whole or in part by Soviet, American, or French financing.

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Madness and Goodness in ‘Dodeskaden’

Rather than portray Dodeskaden as many have done, as the imperfect film whose failure pushed Kurosawa over the edge to a suicide attempt, one could see it instead as a cri de coeur by Kurosawa for the sort of independent production that he favored, in which the director had his freedom, both to film the way he wanted and also the freedom of the final cut.

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Kurosawa 101: Day Eight, 1963 - 1970

These three films by Kurosawa represent the end of one phase of his career and the beginning of another. High and Low is a police procedural that is regarded as one of his greatest films, while Red Beard represented the end of his so-called "Creative Period".

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Kurosawa 101: Day Seven, 1960 - 1962

Today's Kurosawa 101 reviews cover three of his most popular and accessible films Yojimbo and Sanjuro, as well as arguably his most earnest, The Bad Sleep Well.

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Kurosawa 101: Day Five, ‘Seven Samurai’ (1954)

Today's Kurosawa 101 focuses exclusively on what is generally regarded as not only the greatest Japanese film ever made, but perhaps the greatest in world cinema.

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11 Jan 2010 // 10:00 PM


Life is heartily celebrated in this Japanese film about the commonality of death.

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Verse-Chorus-Verse: An Interview with Lyrics Born

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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26 Mar 2009 // 9:59 PM


The story is deeply affecting and life-affirming, but the plot is only a small part of what makes Ikiru so masterful.

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21 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

High and Low

Criterion supersedes its 2002 edition of Kurosawa's 1963 suspense masterpiece with this two-disc set, replete with feature-length commentary, a making-of documentary, and interviews.

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Post-War Kurosawa: Eclipse Series 7

Many films of this era tap into fear and paranoia but not many address if destruction will come from those who fear it or those who ignore it.

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9 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Drunken Angel

One need not know much about Japanese national cinema or Akira Kurosawa or post-War Japan to enjoy and appreciate a film like Drunken Angel.

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Part 1: Pure Classicism

In its infancy, the cinematic artform went through some formidable technological and stylistic changes. The ten DVDs discussed here highlight the very definition of the Golden Age of filmmaking.

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Time Encapsulating: The Best DVDs of 2006

From solid single issues to amazingly complete film and television compilations, the works highlighted here argue for DVD's continued importance.

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//Mixed media

Stirring Up eSports Drama: The 2015 League of Legends World Championship

// Moving Pixels

"Let’s put the pitchforks down and enjoy the game.

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