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Part Four: December 2009

At last, dessert, with just a few more entrees tossed in to satisfy those coming late to the table. The big guns -- James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Peter Jackson, Terrence Malik -- are still putting the finishing touches on their over the top treats, hoping that viewers will appreciate the care and craftsmanship that went into each one. As usual, it looks like the Hollywood heavyweights are once again saving some of the best for last.

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Part Three: November 2009

Finally, it's time for the main courses, the big dishes that may leave a lasting impact come end of the year entertainment evaluations. Sure, there's some junk food included for the less mature mindset; a second helping of romantic vampire dross and an over the top world ending banquet that may just be more appealing to audiences than some of the high class cooking present.

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Part Two: October 2009

The banquet continues to get bigger during this equally elephantine cinematic salad course. Everything, from another unnecessary helping of serial killer Jigsaw to a pair of takes on two famous literary classics turn up this month. So do the standard spook shows, Romcoms, stunt spectaculars, and other familiar (if often tasty) samples of celluloid cuisine.

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Part One: September

Our spread starts off with a collection of cast-offs, creative risks, and the contractually obligated releases. While there may be a substantial helping of something entertaining during this hefty four-week first course, don't be put off by such a portion size. To paraphrase an old saying, too many mediocre movies can definitely spoil the season-ing.

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Buster Keaton: The Sound of His Obsession

Bill Frisell's ambient, fuzzy, meandering guitar doodles sound like they're trying to approximate the sad stillness blowing through the corridors of Keaton's mind.

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Not to be Silenced: To Kill a Mockingbird

'To Kill a Mockingbird' is more than an enlightening tale of the racial inadequacies in the South during the Depression -- it inspired people to study law.

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The Horror of Science and Magic in Hellboy

While the popular imagination often depicts science and magic as locked in a fundamental opposition, Mike Mignola's Hellboy depicts the true horror that lurks beneath.

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Dear Mr. Denby: In Defense of Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino drives critics nuts because he loves movies. 'New Yorker' critic David Denby drives The Rockist nuts because he hates movies.

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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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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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