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Great Movies With Terrible Sequels: Sequels so Bad They’re Scary

Sometimes the most successful and acclaimed films are marked and marred by the absolutely worst sequels imaginable.

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Spending Time with ‘Les Blank: Always for Pleasure’

Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.

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The Hays Code Nightmare Has Come True. Ain’t That Grand?

The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.

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Don’t Want to Miss This Thing: An Interview with Aerosmith

Aerosmith has released concert DVDs before, but with Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, they are on the silver screen for one night only. Tom Hamilton tells us about the hits, the fits, and the pursuit of naughty bits.

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Finding Hope in the Horror: An Interview with Director Bernard Rose of ‘sx_tape’

Fresh off of last year's divisive sx_tape and with the classic Candyman to his credit, director Bernard Rose talks horror's past and present, as well as his own forthcoming take on Frankenstein.

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Is All the World Really a Stage in ‘Birdman’?

Is Birdman's metacommentary the theatre within cinema that it appears to be?

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“This Is a Cautionary Tale”: An Interview With Dan Gilroy of ‘Nightcrawler’

PopMatters speaks with Nightcrawler writer/director and Academy Award nominee Dan Gilroy about writing antiheroes, watching local television news, and questioning the pervasiveness of fear mongering media.

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That’s Entertainment? Sold Into Bondage for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Network and cable programming both demonstrate overwhelming irresponsibility and contradiction concerning depictions of sexual violence and abuse.

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In Defense of the Chris Rock Renaissance

Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.

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A Call for the Academy to Reconceptualize the Best Original Score Category

So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night.

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“It’s Morphin’ Time!”: Twenty Years of Power Rangers With No End in Sight

The campy Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: 22 years, 22 seasons and two movies in (and a reboot on the way). Why do we love this show?

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From ‘Cast Away’ to ‘Locke’: The Rise of the One-Man Movie

For every apparent innovation, one-man movies are as conventional as they come.

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Everything Is True: Continuity in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

In the world of comic book continuity, if everything is true, anything can happen.

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ and the Search for Renewed Narrative Conventions

Although the Wachowski siblings' latest film has taken a critical beating, it merits a closer examination for its clever playing with narrative tropes from science fiction and fairy tales.

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Does the Title of the Bollywood Blockbuster, ‘PK’, Actually Stand for Performing Kulturkampf?

In the kulturkampf between India’s intelligentsia decrying the ‘cultural terrorism’ of extremists, a film like PK has me wondering, how long can secular liberals retain the moral high ground?

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Discovering the Essence of Fiction With ‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako

Academy Award for Best Foreign Film nominee director Abderrahmane Sissako discusses working with non-professional actors, difficult technical shots, and the meaning of receiving Mauitania's first-ever Oscar nomination.

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Metaphor in a Time of Ebola

The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media.

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Tom Cruise: Hollywood’s Last Great Movie Star

Tom Cruise is the most consistent movie star Hollywood has, and when he stops making films, his absence will signify the end of an era.

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‘Alpha’ Female: An Interview With Actress Serafita Grigoriadou

A sweeping, mythological epic of dreams and nightmares, Alpha introduces one of Greek cinema's newest and most entrancing actresses.

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The Trials and Tribulations of “Dirty” Harry Callahan

Feeling lucky, punk? The road from obscurity to legend wasn't easy for Clint Eastwood's iconic character Dirty Harry. Think you know the back story? Read on!

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//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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