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What made George Lucas such a cinematic visionary is also what’s making him less effective as a civic figure.

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From Curiosity to Denial: The Case of ‘An Open Secret’

The failure of An Open Secret to connect with a wide audience speaks to the persistence of denial when the perpetrators of child abuse populate the entertainment industry.

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Year of the Dragon’s biggest flaw is in being a perfect reflection of its filmmaker, and in that, it deserves to be seen as a messy, massive, achievement.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘90s - Part 5 (20 - 1)

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1 Aug 2016 // 8:46 AM

Lookin’ at the Upside: An Interview with Allen Stone

"I don't look like your typical soul singer, I don't look like Justin Timberlake, I don't wear a suit and tie ... I'm from Packwood, eastern Washington state."

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Looking for an Outlet: An Interview with Sonny Smith

Sonny Smith -- the bandleader and chief songwriter of the genre-morphing Sonny & The Sunsets -- sees modern existence as a swirl of ephemeral stimuli and microscopic mood swings.

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Miles Davis’s Corporeal Score to Louis Malle’s ‘Elevator to the Gallows’

Davis's score doesn't articulate a narrative in this film; it provides a haunting, corporeal presence that refuses to assimilate to our efforts to find meaning.

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‘Doctor Who’ and the Constraints of the American Cultural Cold War

Decolonization, shifting demographics and the rise of the US needed to be understood and processed through the British popular imagination. The Doctor landed his TARDIS just in time to help.

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What Defines an “Old School” JRPG?

There’s a common assumption that a story starring kids is also for kids, and that a kid’s story is inherently less complex, less nuanced, and simply lesser in quality.

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Les Durs and the Anatomy of the (French) Tough Guy: Gabin, Ventura, and Belmondo

At Les Durs (The Tough Guys) Film Fest, the tough guy is a bulwark against decay; he's the guarantor of value -- even if that value is compromised by the world around him.

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Are The Rolling Stones More Than Just a Rock Band?

Rich Cohen, who covered the band for Rolling Stone in 1994, documents the Stones' historical and cultural importance in a new biography.

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The ‘Chainmail Bikini’ Success Story: Challenging Sexism in Gaming and Comics

A growing array of writers are challenging previously dominant tropes of misogyny, sexuality, and whiteness; 40 of them can be found here.

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The Summer of De Palma: Looking Back at a Master Filmmaker’s Career

Following the release of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's document on the eponymous director, the legacy of Brian de Palma's extensive and controversial filmography is given renewed attention.

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26 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Is There More Hoodoo Than Blues to C.W. Stoneking?

An interview with Australia's Americana chameleon C.W. Stoneking as he embarks on a North American tour.

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Philosophers at Table declares Cartesian dichotomies the ruin of food, with delicious results.

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After Images: Poland's 41st Gdynia Film Festival

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"From painters to interrogators, some of the finest films at Gdynia Film Festival 2016 dramatized real-life figures from the country’s past.

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