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July 2014

‘Ruthless’ Is About Men and Ways of Life

Ruthless reveals a message about capitalism that, if ubiquitous, rings true.

‘Ramrod’ Is a Western of Doubles

Andre De Toth's noir-ish western, Ramrod, is notable for its examination of doubles; almost every character has someone else who matches their identity.

‘Operation Petticoat’ Is Too Tightly Buttoned

Operation Petticoat, one of post-war America's more popular war flicks, is an example of the era's basically conservative teases.

The 10 Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

Excellence is where you find it, not where it's forced into some Hollywood genre pigeonhole.

Jumping Off the Bay-Wagon

With his picture postcard imagery and similarly shorthanded scripting, Michael Bay's movies may be nothing more than a colorful crib mobile.

Is ‘Tammy’ a Trick, or Just Terrible?

Like being locked in a narrative limbo with no realistic relief in sight, Tammy tries to get away with being bold and brazen

June 2014

It’s Bay’s Way or the Highway in ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

This is what happens when the idea for a film must pitch itself to its audience over and over again until the audience is convinced.

Train in Vain: ‘Snowpiercer’

This is a terrific, dark dystopian nightmare mixed with flashes of Terry Gilliam-esque absurdity and the filmmaker's own fractured frame of reference.

The Script for George Cukor’s ‘Her Cardboard Lover’ Leaves Much to Be Desired

There's really nothing wrong with the movie except the script, which has lots of firepower for something so tiresome.

Ten Examples of Films That Were Drastically Affected by “Harvey Scissorhands”

Harvey Weinstein is a savvy showbiz staple with a tendency to re-edit film -- drastically. Here are ten cases where he tackled filmmakers head on. Few survived.

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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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