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‘Anchorman’s’ Ron Burgundy: The Man, The Myth, the Media

Anchorman 2 is bigger, bolder, brasher and more bizarre than its antecedent, but it also gives a pertinent critique of the medium it has chosen to satirise.

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The PopMatters Summer Film Preview - June 2014

It's June. School's out, the kids are antsy, and Hollywood is serving up the spectacle. We'll get more Transformers, more Tom Cruise, more animated adventure, and a bit too much found footage.

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The Rise Fall and Rise of Marvel Comics on Film Part 1: Origins and Eternities

Marvel Comics rules the box office today (three films based on Marvel Comics occupied the top 10 in May 2014 alone), but getting there was a long, hard, slow road.

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From Love to Decline: Giving Evelyn Waugh a Sixties Spin

The Loved One gives viewers that "sick kick", and Decline and Fall of a Bird Watcher perfectly captures Waugh's tone of cruel, facetious, and lunatic whimsies.

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Bollywood and the Ballot: India’s Shimmery Election

Bollywood stars are essential to the cultural identity of India, but their involvement in the 2014 election have some questioning the wisdom of the "Bollywood-ification" of politics.

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‘Her’ and Masculinity in the Post-Digital Age

The ghost in the machine may have receded into the digital aether, but Theodore’s preconceptions about women have not.

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That Which Crawls Out of Speakers and Inches Along Your Nerves: Notable Film Scores of Early 2014

From Biblical epics to run-of-the-mill rom-coms, Notes on Celluloid takes a look at (and listen to) some of the strongest film music of 2014 thus far.

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The Gritty and the Real: Unpacking the Realism Trope in Superhero Films

The only thing that can be done with film better than comics is spectacle. Thinking otherwise betrays a lack of respect for comics, and a pretentiousness about film.

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The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview - May 2014

It's that time of the year again. Time for the days to get longer and hotter and the moviegoing experience more complicated and chaotic.

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30 Apr 2014 // 2:15 AM

Making the Cut: The 17th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

This year, in addition to film reviews, we're honoring the unsung heroes of documentary filmmaking by exploring and celebrating what it is that editors do.

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Five Ways ‘Animal House’ Changed the World

Wherever the bar was set for '70s college parties, Animal House took that bar, broke it into kindling, and made a bonfire.

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The Little Joys (Not Pleasures) of Scopophobia: On Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXIX

From our fear of the culture industry emerges a new sense of self—a negative self to be sure, created from the fear of being hypnotized by one’s inferiors, yet a self less likely to get lost in the dark.

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Scorsese vs. Scorsese: Tales of Two Dreamers

The Wolf of Wall Street celebrates deception, whereas Hugo upholds the search for truth. Which worldview is Scorsese's?

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‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ Is Truly a Feast for All the Senses

What Blue is the Warmest Color demands of its viewers is to stop looking and start sensing, start engaging with cinema with all five senses.

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“Only God Forgives’” Weird Yet Coherent Oriental Psychedelic Noir

In Bangkok, the convulsions of violence on the street merge with scenes of surreal ritual that is possible in the West only in dreams… or drug reveries… or films.

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Cinephilia Culture and the Fear of Missing Out

There just isn't enough time in the human lifespan to see all the films one 'should'. So why not just declare the death of the cinephile?

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Drastically Divergent: The Sequels That Strayed Far Too Far

Can a barely recognizable sequel save a franchise? Or is it doomed to mark its epitaph?

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The Virtues of Faithlessness: Dario Argento’s Dracula 3-D and the Crutch of Tradition

What can it mean for Dario Argento, auteur extraordinaire, to forsake his unique melding of fearless style and fearless silliness and instead submit to Bram Stoker?

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Dissident Imagination: The Relentless Persecution of Terry Gilliam

The release of The Zero Theorem provides yet another opportunity to appreciate Terry Gilliam's untrammelled genius. Yet some would prefer his towering talents were cut down to size.

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Rich People Have Problems Too: Teenage Angst in ‘Sixteen Candles’

A film like Sixteen Candles suggests that wealthy teenagers are not immune to life’s harsh caprice, and that no amount of affluence can cure high school’s sense of alienation and anxiety

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Guster + Kishi Bashi Perform at Central Park Summerstage (Photos)

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"Guster's Summerstage performance was a showcase of their infectious and poppy music from the last 24 years.

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