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Sunday, October 12 2008

Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 1

Day One - A trip back to the classic days of studio system Hollywood, complete with great musicals, amazing adventure yarns, and a couple of post-modern freak outs, just to keep things controversial and lively.


Thursday, February 21 2008

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Jake

Chinatown remains a stalwart of '70s cinema. The uninspired follow-up 16 years later reminds one that, sometimes, a masterpiece needs to simply be left alone.


Tuesday, June 19 2007

Part 3: The Stellar '70s

When it comes to post-modern moviemaking, everyone stereotypes the Me Decade as the genre's defining moment. In this case -- as illustrated by the 10 films that represent it -- the categorization is more than accurate.


Reviews

Thursday, April 5 2012

'Chinatown' Begins as an Archetypal Private Detective Story; It Ends as a Definitive One

Along with Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, Chinatown was part of a mini-reinvention of the private eye subgenre, filtering '40s film-noir classicism through the cynicism and complexity of '70s auteur cinema.


Tuesday, November 17 2009

Chinatown (Centennial Collection)

Despite bringing film noir into the daylight and into color, this is among the darkest of Southern California tales.


Blogs

Monday, September 27 2010

'Chinatown' Via Rodgers and Hammerstein

Are filmic depictions of characters spontaneously bursting into song really any less perverse than those of characters whose heads spontaneously explode?


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