Mervyn Leroy
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//Features

"Come Again, Little Girl": 32 Films That Begin With Someone Leaving a Mental Institution (1904-2012)
17 Mar 2016 // 9:30 PM

These 32 films make the case for the recently-escaped-or-released-mental-patient narrative as its own subgenre, replete with a language of recurring themes, plot devices, and character archetypes.

//Columns

The Guys Who Bond in the Sky: 'Toward the Unknown'
3 Aug 2011 // 5:00 PM

All this aircraft is blatantly fetishized, with Bond at one point giving his plane an impulsive and passionate smack of the lips.

//Reviews

All the Lonely Women in 'Home Before Dark' and 'The Night Digger'
27 Feb 2011 // 3:59 PM

It's a woman's film in which the problem is the marriage, a state that other films end on happily as the fulfillment of all a heroine's narrative promises.

//Blogs

'Phantom of Paris' and 'Gentleman's Fate' Tie Up John Gilbert's Career
29 Feb 2016 // 9:20 PM

Disguises, dual identities, and reversals of fortune haunt John Gilbert, matinee idol.

'Broadminded' and 'Elmer the Great' Are the Depression Era's Cinematic Escapism
15 Oct 2014 // 10:00 AM

That Joe E. Brown, he's got a mouth on him.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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