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Brian Helgeland

Features

Wednesday, September 25 2013

Hollywood, History, and the Art of the Big Anachronism

Turkey legs may take the place of hot dogs, but even in the Middle Ages—at least the version of it in films such as A Knight’s Tale—fans still do The Wave.


Reviews

Wednesday, July 17 2013

The Myth of Ice Water in Jackie Robinson’s Veins

Chadwick Boseman’s turn as Robinson in 42 is especially noteworthy; suffused with a gutsy yet light sense of humor, he brings a real grace to a role that’s more complicated than many will give it credit for.


Sunday, April 14 2013

My Father and Jackie Robinson: '42'

The story of my father and Jackie Robinson suffused my childhood, and my admiration for both of these artists, both men representing history in their own ways, seems always to be part of my emotional and moral fabric.


Friday, April 12 2013

'42': The Mythology of Jackie Robinson, Done Right

42, like Lincoln, reminds us that one person, at a pivotal moment, can overcome popular prejudices and help change rules and expectations.


Wednesday, September 29 2010

Salvation Is For Sale In 'The Order'

The Order has a veiled reference to The Exorcist and its demon Pazuzu. It’s illustrative to compare these two films, for they’re both concerned with the same themes—occult knowledge and the nature of evil.


Wednesday, September 10 2003

The Order (2003)

'We're the Catholic Pete, Linc, and Julie.'"


Blogs

Friday, April 12 2013

'42': Is It Too Simplistic?

The new Jackie Robinson bio-pic 42 is taking some heat in critical circles for portraying racism too simplistically. Have writers embraced over-criticism of the movie when they should be paying attention to its positive potential?


Friday, April 12 2013

The Bummer of '42'

Race is always handled awkwardly and obviously in film. The latest on the legacy of Jackie Robinson is no exception.


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