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The Gunman on the Unemployment Line: Masculinity, Professionalism, and Ethical Bankruptcy
Surely even Dirty Harry needs a break from cinematic violence, some time off at Walden Pond. Though I doubt its tranquility would deter him from picking off the sparrows. [28.Aug.14]
'The Wind Will Carry Us' Is a Challenging Climb to the Top of the Hill
Abbas Kiarostami's film subverts viewer expectations of what makes a film satisfying, or even enjoyable. [28.Aug.14]
In 'The Love Punch', Money Does Buy Happiness
The troubling implicit moral at the end of The Love Punch encapsulates the film's insubstantial construction. [28.Aug.14]
I Kept Waiting for Lee Van Cleef to Save 'God's Gun' With His Duel Roles
It's not the worst picture ever made, or even the worst Spaghetti Western, but its many low-points bury its few high-points. [27.Aug.14]
We're in the Movies: Palace of Silents and Itinerant Filmmaking
Flicker Alley's new Blu-ray/DVD combo We're in the Movies: Palace of Silents and Itinerant Filmmaking provides a glimpse into obscure corners of film history. [27.Aug.14]
Reviews
The troubling implicit moral at the end of The Love Punch encapsulates the film's insubstantial construction. [28.Aug.14]
Abbas Kiarostami's film subverts viewer expectations of what makes a film satisfying, or even enjoyable. [27.Aug.14]
The movie wastes its impressive cast, choosing instead to drown itself in sentimentalism. [26.Aug.14]
Infusing Alice Munro's portrait of a lonely woman and her quest for happiness with deadpan comic beats, Kristen Wiig muddies the tone of "Hateship Loveship" and leaves it without a center. [25.Aug.14]
Metal fans will remember this story in the lore of censorship and a dark moment in the history of Judas Priest. But this film is not about the band and is all the better for it. [24.Aug.14]
Possibly the greatest haunted house film of all time is still as impactful as ever, a fact not reflected by this Blu-ray's paltry extras. [24.Aug.14]
DVD Reviews
The troubling implicit moral at the end of The Love Punch encapsulates the film's insubstantial construction. [28.Aug.14]
Abbas Kiarostami's film subverts viewer expectations of what makes a film satisfying, or even enjoyable. [27.Aug.14]
News
By Steven Zeitchik
The last year of Robin Williams’ professional life was a microcosm of his larger career — a mix of independent drama, animated voice work, studio comedy and even a TV sitcom. [15.Aug.14]
Features
By Pamela Monk
Movies create iconic, mythical teacher figures who, in two or so hours, do both more harm and more good than any actual human could achieve in a lifetime. [20.Aug.14]
Like the book that inspired it, Radio Free Albemuth works as a vindicating love letter to spiritual seekers who feel that humanity is capable of more than the Orwellian rat race of the modern era. [19.Aug.14]
Columns
The Cult in Culture
Surely even Dirty Harry needs a break from cinematic violence, some time off at Walden Pond. Though I doubt its tranquility would deter him from picking off the sparrows. [27.Aug.14]
The Next Reel
After the best-selling novel La Planète des Singes and the hit film Planet of the Apes, the series found itself in hairy times. How did the saga regain its glory? [10.Aug.14]
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