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Is Clint Eastwood's 'The 15.17 to Paris' a Rare Experimental Hollywood Film?

Despite its conservative attitudes, The 15.17 to Paris is as radical in its way as Eastwood's more progressive films.

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'For a Few Dollars More' Is a Rare Sequel That Is Superior to the Classic It Follows

The archetype of the spaghetti western finds its truest expression in this essential film from Sergio Leone.

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2014: A Most Mediocre Year

The odds of discovering gems like Boyhood felt thinner in 2014 than they have for quite some time.

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Clint Eastwood's Legacy of Hunters: 'American Sniper'

In American Sniper, military sharpshooter Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) comes to see that delineations among wolves, dogs, and sheep are rarely obvious.

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In 'Magic in the Moonlight', Ideas Trump Characters

The fundamentalist atheism and myopic intellectualism of Woody Allen's latest depiction of an older man/younger woman dynamic makes it a pale imitation of his best work.

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Jersey Oys: Hollywood's On-Going Problem with Musical Biopics

By shuffling the songs off to the side, Clint Eastwood does the Four Seasons and Jersey Boys a grand disservice.

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To Live Is to Die: Clint Eastwood's Dangerous Oeuvre

These 20 films are a journey through the social and political conditions of America and a broader history of human violence that crowns no winners and knows no end.

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Secrets and Lies: 'J. Edgar' Explores the Duality of Hoover and the FBI

Revealing the nature of secrets, the power they—and those who keep them—generate, and the tragedy of good intentions gone horribly awry, whether in public or private, makes J. Edgar a powerful film.

Sports

Super Bowl XLVI: Battle of the Commercials

Which Superbowl commercials did we love? What was just a waste of our time?

Sports

Super Bowl XLVI: Did This Year’s Show Live Up to the Hype?

Arguably the biggest sporting event of the year (sorry, Olympics!), the Super Bowl telecast is usually the highest-rated program of the year. Did this year’s show live up to the hype?

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'All Star Western' Is at Home, Back East

In a longstanding tradition of using company-wide shakeups to offer a new and engaging visions of Jonah Hex, All Star Western offers perhaps the sincerest reboot of the entire New 52 run.

Television

Marcia Gay Harden on Dreams, Nightmares, and Why There's No One at the Movies

Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden talks about being a godmother for a cruise ship, the supposed decline of movie theater attendance, and what it's like to work with "sexy" Clint Eastwood.

Chris Chafin
Film

Clint Eastwood: American Icon Collection

Again in the Eastwood oeuvre, a man who thinks he's in control, and especially around women, finds out he's not quite.

Film

Dirty Harry: Nothing Wrong with Shooting the Right People

The year Dirty Harry was released (1971) saw several demonstrations of angry cops questioning why criminals had very solid constitutional protections that often interfered with law enforcement work.

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Changeling

There’s a touch of Arthur Miller in the way the audiences emotions are played in this story of challenging authority.

Stephen Snart
Music

Culture: Culture and the Deejays at Joe Gibbs 1977-1979

A collection of rare 12" disco singles which extend, and in some cases enhance, the early catalogue of the brilliant Culture with guest DJ slots.

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Gran Torino

As Gran Torino breaks down the iconic Eastwood Movie, it recalls The Searchers, another timely evocation of collective wrongheadedness and terrible legacies.

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Changeling

A movie made with awards season in mind, Changeling offers extravagant affects and overwritten speeches.

Film

Identities in Flux

Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is performance art as civilization-annihilating Godzilla, whereas Eastwood's Changeling is a film that wins the stranger than fiction category, hands-down.

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20 Questions: George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos takes a little time from his prolific career to contemplate with PopMatters the temptation to try out a silencer and laser sight.

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Digital Dynamite: The 30 Best DVDs of 2007

It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.

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The Spaghetti West

It's time the Spaghetti Western receive its rightful recognition because its serves as a vital body of work to explore the intricate workings of transnational cinema and the multifarious results from infusing commercial cinema with Left politics.

Chris Robé
Film

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Poetic and pained, Letters from Iwo Jima is a war movie about loss and, almost worse, the anticipation of loss.

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Inside The Actors Studio - Icons

Tuning in to see stars at their most bat-shit loony is one of the most pure forms of contemporary American entertainment, so there is a grain of merit to be found in each episode.

Matt Mazur
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Directed by John Ford

Ford's brusque manner is well known, inspiring equal parts fear, respect, and awe among the many interviewees assembled for this look-back at his career and reputation.

Film

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

War, the film argues, depends on lies, on myths and beliefs that could never be sustained were the experience represented or remembered explicitly.

Film

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

With the peculiarly titled Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood elicits yet another remarkable performance from a young actor.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Mystic River (2003)

While the film doesn't elucidate Jimmy's own violent past, it is clear that he hasn't had misgivings until now.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Blood Work (2002)

PULL.

Cynthia Fuchs

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