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Hellboy Versus Hellboy: The Competing Authenticities of Mignola and del Toro

Is avant-garde horror director Guillermo del Toro's vision of Hellboy too compromised to achieve the cultural impact of the original comicbook?

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G.I. Joe’s Future Hangs on the Unbalanced

The fate of 'The Rise of Cobra' (both the toys and the movie) might depend on something completely out of Hasbro’s control: nostalgia.

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Build to Suit: Guillermo del Toro and the Mythology of Hellboy

The mythology of the Hellboy films is, to use del Toro's own apt description, “…a jazz riff on what the comic book is”.

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17 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

Remaking History: An Interview with Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino talks about his decision to rewrite world history with Inglourious Basterds and the critical reaction to his recent films.

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“No Dad, What About You?!”: The John Hughes Generation Conflict

John Hughes went to bat for us teenagers against the evil Baby Boomer adults and the damage their material expectations inflicted on the classic American nuclear family.

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13 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

Oceans of Fear

Brace yourself: this is a fish tale that can silence – like the great white shark itself – all of its competitors.

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‘Funny People’ and the Advent of the Social Network Narrative

If the public prefers disposable, computer generated product about man-babies to dramas about human relationships, then Funny People may be plugged directly in to the zeitgeist.

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12 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

Perfect Moments of Escape

Are the girls of John Hughes' films feminists? Does it matter? For '90s girls like me, Hughes' female leads were less reflections of ourselves than welcome respites from a teen culture much rougher around the edges.

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Blood Work: Park Chan-wook Revamps a Western Myth

Korean director Chan-wook's killer new action-dramadey borrows heavily from Emile Zola's Therese Raquin, successfully setting it apart from the current proliferation of watered-down vampire stories.

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30 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Part 5: Under the Radar

Indie darlings on shoestring budgets, foreign art house staples, and sometimes straight to DVD (but always straight from the heart), this list includes men who might be considered prolific stars, by some standards, whose work unfortunately fell by the wayside.

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29 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

International d’Horreur

The country that is producing high quality fear flicks these days is not in North America nor anywhere in Asia, but in Western Europe.

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29 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Part 4: From Page to Screen

This grouping of performers comes from plays, adaptations of novels, or even screenplays created by some of the greatest authors or playwrights of their times.

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We All End Up in Diapers: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Comparing the book to the film, it’s as if Fitzgerald laid just the foundation, and from that Roth built a multi-storied house.

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Part 3: The Classics You Should Have Seen By Now

The title of this section is pretty much self-explanatory. Attention! Film nerds! If you haven’t seen all of these, you will be made fun of in Film Studies classes.

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27 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Part 2: The Dark Side

These are the men who confronted, made, or actually were monsters in one way or another. Some are villains, others were just born bad, some still are just misunderstood or a little disturbed, but each actor listed here intrepidly confronts some form of evil.

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26 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Part 1: Life Support

These are the supporting turns that are ineradicable. Without these scene-stealers holding it all together on the sidelines, the leads of their respective films would be totally lost.

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You are Living in the Golden Years of Cinema

Excellent movies are so thick on the ground that we're tripping on them – but never have so many delivered so much to such an ungrateful lot.

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Let the Kayfabe be Unbroken: My Breakfast with Blassie

This movie provokes a guilty-pleasure curiosity, followed by a yearning to somehow feel above the ridiculous performance you’re witnessing.

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The Phantom Speaks! An Interview with Cult Movie Critic Joe Kane

Joe Kane writes about the fun stuff on the fringes -- low budget horror movies and action movies, exploitation movies, cult movies, B movies.

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“The World Will Know”: Shohreh for Soraya

Iranian expatriate and acclaimed actress Shohreh Aghdashloo talks to PopMatters about The Stoning of Soraya M., the role of women in Iran and ongoing importance of her political activism, especially in the wake of recent events.

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