John Sturges
Reviews // 12 Articles
Blogs // 2 Articles

'1776' Is Both a Window Into the Past and a Mirror to the Present
2 Jun 2015 // 8:10 PM

The American Revolution gets told in musical form in 1776, which reminds us that the past is not quite so different from the present as we like to pretend.

Women Run the Street Showdowns in 'Woman They Almost Lynched'
2 Mar 2015 // 8:10 PM

This woman-centric western isn't a lost masterpiece, but rather an entertaining and sometimes fascinating pleasantry.


'The King's Thief'/ 'The Scarlet Coat'
19 Oct 2012 // 7:00 AM

Adventures on the randomness of treason.

"We Always Lose": 'The Magnificent Seven' (Blu-ray)
21 Aug 2011 // 10:50 PM

As one of the last great American oaters ever, The Magnificent Seven more than lives up to its name. It's a great piece of filmmaking folklore and that rarest of rarities -- a seemingly unnecessary adaptation that actually works, and works well.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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