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March 2015

The 10 Best Films of Sir Alan Parker

With film fans around the world still reeling from the auteur's recent announcement, here are ten reasons to mourn the retirement of one of England's most interesting directors.


‘Twice a Judas’ Is Saved by Klaus Kinski’s Brilliant Acting

Just as some sports fans enjoy the mental face-off that is every at-bat in baseball more than the constant scoring and dunking on a basketball court, many will find the slow pace of this spaghetti western inviting.


‘Vice and Virtue’ Is Resoundingly Allegorical and Artificial

Roger Vadim's 1963 film is an almost abstract, self-parodic vision of decadence.


Terry-Thomas Fills in the Gaps (of Comedy)

The famously gap-toothed comedian Terry-Thomas features in two new so-so Warner Archive restorations.


Double Take: The Player (1992)

Double Take would like to pitch The Player in 25 words or less, but it took us a little longer to break this one down. So hear us out -- and don't give us water in a red wine glass.


Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’ Is the Last Great Western

This is not just a great Peckinpah film, but perhaps Hollywood’s last great classic Western, a film of tremendous self-reflection and deep sadness.


The 10 Best Modern YA Film Adaptations

Not all YA adaptations are created equally. In fact, there are many terrible examples of the genre. On the other hand, here are a few that are pretty great.


‘For a Few Dollars More’ Is a Rare Sequel That Is Superior to the Classic It Follows

The archetype of the spaghetti western finds its truest expression in this essential film from Sergio Leone.


10 Culturally Iconic Moments in the Career of Albert Maysles (1926 - 2015)

Though he never received the appreciation of his peers, documentarian Albert Maysles' mark on the genre remains indelible, and important. Here are 10 reasons why.


Double Take: Laura (1944)

Love is stronger than life. It reaches beyond the dark shadow of death. Otto Preminger's 1944 noir classic tests how far love goes, and Double Take breaks it down.


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