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December 2014

‘The Desert Song’ Is Pretty and Dull

This trip through the sands of Technicolor is more pretty than it is anything else.


Life Is in 3D Under ‘The Bubble’

Gonzo yet muffled, Under the Bubble is more interesting for its breakthrough in 3D filmmaking than its dramatic bona fides.


Ten Cases of Sacked Directors

With Paramount announcing Roberto Orci's replacement as director of the upcoming Star Trek 3, we look back at ten other times when studios and suits played musical chairs with their filmmakers.


‘Wicked, Wicked’ Is More Bad Than Evil

Wicked, Wicked is a legendarily obscure title that is liable to remain obscure.


‘Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid’ Was Supposed to Make Italy’s Greatest Boxer a Movie Star

Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid is proof that the athlete-to-actor transition is no natural one, but it's worth seeing if your expectations aren't too high going into it.


‘Boy Meets Girl’ Is Brought Home by (Lloyd) Bacon

The sharp direction of Lloyd Baker, along with the ace acting of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien, makes this rat-a-tat '30s comedy a gem.


The 10 Best Films That Combine Live Action With Animation

Disney may have "invented" it, but here are ten examples where live action footage blended with animation to become a cinematic statement all its own.


The Songs of ‘They Shall Have Music’ Save the Sappy Melodrama

Sure, this is a melodramatic, but don't be ashamed of that swelling in your heart... the music really is that beautiful.


November 2014

The Five Most Important Films of Mike Nichols’ Career

He was more than just a filmmaker. With his passing at age 83, Mike Nichols leaves behind a legacy filled with awards and attitudes which influenced every medium he was involved in.


‘The Fighting Fist of Shanghai Joe’ Is One of the More Action-Packed and Violent Spaghetti Westerns

The stylized violence of kung fu and the lawless conflicts of the spaghetti western genre coalesce in this action-packed 1973 hybrid.


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'Doctor Who': Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

// Channel Surfing

"The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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