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October 2008

Cliches Clog ‘Express’ Story of Success

Sports films can no longer function as mere history or information. Thanks to the mandates of the mainstream, which sees allegories in all manner of


‘Duchess’ is Merely Half-Hearted History

There’s a very good reason why most period pieces don’t work. Aside from the obvious disconnect from modern social constraints and complications, contemporary


DiCaprio Only Reason ‘Lies’ Succeeds

Ridley Scott used to make daring, original movies. No matter the subject matter - outer space alien invasion, magical sword and sorcery adventure, revisionist Roman


Evilspeak (1981)

Poor Clint Howard. It must really be a pain in the package having ultra-high-profile Oscar-winning long-time American sitcom favorite goody-two-shoes talent-hog Ron as a brother.


The Toolbox Murders (1978)

Throughout the years, there have been certain movies where hype has played a more significant role in its popularity and notoriety than the actual film


Phantasm (1979)

It arrived during the final phases of classic ‘70s horror, an era that had seen The Exorcist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Halloween reestablish


Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008)

The theory that sequels should exceed their originals is nothing new to the filmmaking machine. Most big budget blockbusters attempt the “pile on” conceit when


Friday Film Focus - 3 October, 2008

Awards Season keeps chugging away. However, many of the films in focus for 3 October will probably come away empty handed, beginning with: Towelhead [rating: 1] “Indeed,


Serious Flaw Threatens ‘Appaloosa’s’ Excellence

When the Western died, it did so because of two distinct reasons. First, the media had so saturated the audience with as many warmed over


Fable Feels ‘Blind’ to its Own Illogic

Before Star Wars, serious science fiction survived on the allegorical. Take a typical situation, instill it with some sort of out of this world premise,


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Double Take: 'Fantasia' Muses on Music

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"Fantasia stands alone as a virtuoso tribute to the virtuosity of its music.

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