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Thursday, August 23 2012

Putting the Bite Back into Snow White with ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

After some bland remakes of this classic fairytale, it's nice to see the poison put back into Snow White's apple.


Wednesday, August 15 2012

Fit and Film Ready: Craig Budgen Shapes Up the Movie Industry

How do mild mannered actors turn into Supermen? Celebrity personal trainer Craig Budgen knows their secret.


Tuesday, August 14 2012

Movie Toilets: Women and the Politics of Defilement

The toilet, and its spirit ally, potty humor, has come to be associated with a kind of strength—both at the box office and in terms of a cultural defiance.


Wednesday, August 8 2012

The Three Stooges’ Chaotic Neutrality in ‘I Can Hardly Wait’

I Can Hardly Wait stretches the Three Stooges' "chaotic neutral" alignment into an uncomfortable fever dream of pointless violence with an undertone of sadistic cruelty. A failed Stoogesperiment in literary naturalism? or just a bad day?


Wednesday, August 1 2012

‘American Pop’... Matters: Ron Thompson, the Illustrated Man Unsung

More than just a rock performance piece, American Pop is an engrossing drama with a pathos that burns through the animation cells in certain scenes even to this day.


Sunday, July 29 2012

Attack of the 50-Foot Women! From Nancy Archer to Rep. Lisa Brown

How a classic B-movie poster speaks to the contemporary "War on Women".


Thursday, July 26 2012

Tears in Rain: ‘Blade Runner’ and Philip K. Dick’s Legacy in Film

Thirty years after the release of Blade Runner, with a remake of Total Recall on the horizon, the work of Philip K. Dick continues to find its way into our cinemas and minds. How did the visions of a paranoid loner become the most relevant science fiction of our time?


Wednesday, July 25 2012

In Film (and All Art) Bold is Beautiful; Boring Isn’t

I can't be a movie theatre zombie. I can't just sit there and accept average. I want a film to swell up some sort of feelings, make me question what I’ve seen, think about things on a larger scale or go for a far flung freaking mind trip.


Tuesday, July 24 2012

An Open Letter to Tom Cruise: How to Make a Movie Rock

Dear Tom Cruise: We know you are hurting from the failure of Rock of Ages. However, if you learn the lessons from the best rock-themed movies, you can still make a rock film for the ages.


Monday, July 23 2012

In Defense Of… Film Critics Who Didn’t Like ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Love it or hate it, The Dark Knight Rises isn't worth the type of outlandish responses received in light of the movie's initial reviews.


Thursday, July 19 2012

In Defense Of… Woody Allen’s Recent Work

Before you jump to conclusions about Woody Allen's latest, To Rome with Love, take a second to consider exactly what it is you are criticizing. Is it the man or is it the man's reputation?


Thursday, July 12 2012

Spoiler Alert! The End of Film Endings

The ambiguous ending in a movie doesn’t feel like 'art'. It feels like a copy. And it resembles the tendency of the franchise ending, with intent to leave it open for a sequel.


Tuesday, July 10 2012

Lost In Translation, or, Why ‘The Hangover’ Can’t Just Be ‘The Hangover’

Thanks to translation, the cult '60s British show The Avengers is known to French viewers as Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir, literally "bowler hat and leather boots", a title which could be misconstrued for a show about bondage tips and foot fetish.


Monday, July 9 2012

Stone Me, What a Life: Tony Hancock’s Lasting Impact on Comedy

Tony Hancock played an Every Man with the lovable charm and the infuriating selfishness of a know-nothing know-it-all. Like his character, most of us want what we don't have and the rest of the world, we believe, is responsible for our dissatisfaction.


Sunday, July 8 2012

Londoners and Time Travelers and Banshees, Oh My! Writing Modern ‘Folklore’

Ever wonder what kind of pickup line a banshee would use with a troll? Why aliens settled in London? How a time traveler’s riddle might save the planet? Scriptwriter Justin Calen Chenn does—and he shares the answers in his latest film, Folklore.


Sunday, July 1 2012

Ruining Their Reputations: Pre-Code Movies Have a Naughty Reputation That’s Not Always Deserved

Not every pre-Code film is a Scarface or Baby Face; some are only mediocre faces.


Monday, June 25 2012

What It Means to Be Human: ‘Never Let Me Go’’

The film, Never Let Me Go, follows the book relatively well, although it eliminates some of the story, and isn't able to mirror the novel's careful and timed revelations about the mystery of Hailsham's students.


Monday, June 18 2012

The Mammy Image: What’s Christie Love Got to Do With It?

Depictions of black women in popular culture have long surpassed the 'mammy' archetype. Let's talk about Teresa Graves in Get Christie Love (1974), for starters.


Thursday, June 14 2012

The Zombification Family Tree: Legacy of the Living Dead

Deemed a "culturally significant" (if "sadistic" and "culturally irresponsible") film, how did 'Night of the Living Dead' redefine an entire genre and spawn more unofficial sequels (over 30) than 'James Bond' did official ones (22)?


Thursday, May 31 2012

No Contract for Old Men: 5 ‘Old Folks’ in Pop Culture That Are 5Xs Tougher Than You

It'd be a shame if the endless emphasis on youth results in a lack of "grown-up" concerns in pop culture. Here are five examples of the old kicking ass and refusing to give way to the young in mainstream pop culture.


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