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November 2015

Double Take: ‘Annie Hall’ (1977)

Is love too weak a word to describe how we feel about Annie Hall? Or is it more like a dead shark? Double Take breaks a few eggs to find out.

A Profile of the Great Profile: ‘The Mad Genius’ and ‘The Great Man Votes’

Two performances from John Barrymore take us from pre-Code camp to prescient political satire.

‘The Safecracker’ Breaks the War Wide Open

A field day, and parachute drop, for Ray Milland.

‘Lost Girl’ and ‘Phantom’ Got Those Silent Upgrade Blu’s

Two silent classics travel from nitrate to VHS to HD Blu-rays, regaining something of their forgotten glory.

‘Pitfall’ and ‘Flaxy Martin’ Have Diametrically Opposed Femmes Fatales

Pitfall presents a clammy credibility and a grasp of grown-up behavior; whereas Flaxy Martin is a plot full of unpleasant people in an unpleasant world of big-city corruption.

Double Take: Sons of the Desert (1933)

Double Take has gotten themselves into another fine mess: If one Steve is going to discuss Laurel and Hardy's Sons of the Desert alone, the other Steve is going to do it with him.

Murder and Marriage in the Hollywood ‘30s

In these three '30s-era films we see the wise-cracking reporter role subverted, the stereotyped melodrama played out, and a sympathetic, Pre-Code eye toward adultery.

Jimi Hendrix’s Spiritual High

As the world went to Hell in 1970, Jimi Hendrix took his listeners to Heaven.

October 2015

Where the Hell Is Joe Strummer’s Car?

One of Joe Strummer's most frustrating moments is dissected for music lovers, one more time, in I Need a Dodge.

12 Criterion Capsules: Good Cinematic Medicine

As Criterion continues to unleash its Blu-rays of eclectic film classics at a mad pace, we continue trying to keep up with so many riches.

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//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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