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'Five Easy Pieces' Must Be Appreciated on Its Own Cantankerous Terms

As the hippie hangover from the ‘60s begins in earnest, Jack Nicholson's Bobby Dupea has neither tuned in nor entirely dropped out.

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I Do Know Jack. That's the Whole Problem!

In an age when so many of us rip music in order to store it on various mobile devices that can be transported anywhere and everywhere, policing entrenched (sub)cultural boundaries seems a bit controversial, if not entirely outdated.

Joseph Fisher
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'Easy Rider': Dennis Hopper Explains America

Anticipating everything from the Kent State killings to the Branch Davidian siege, Easy Rider distills just how deeply freedom and authority are fundamentally antagonists in America. Sadly, especially in America.

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Easy Rider 40th Anniversary

This 40-year-old classic still has its thrills -- enough to make you wish that you, too, had a bike with a teardrop gas tank emblazoned with the American flag.

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Chinatown (Centennial Collection)

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

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Ironweed

Besting Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Paul Newman, Jason Robards and Sam Shepard, Jack Nicholson gives one of his most complicated, consuming performances.

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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.

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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.

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Gone and Not Forgotten: The PopMatters DVD Wish List

A lot of good movies are still missing from DVD. Here is a list of 25 that PopMatters feels have been unceremoniously left to simply fade away.

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The Bucket List

The Bucket List is the sort of movie you can watch in your sleep.

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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.

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Shallow Graves

Martin Scorsese's hotly tipped Oscar fave, The Departed, plumbs the depths of the psychological and sociological motives of violence, loyalty, and duty.

Michael Patrick Brady
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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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Reds (1981)

Warren Beatty's personal best film stands among the most spectacular films of the '80s and has retained its dignity with age.

Matt Mazur
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The Departed (2006)

The Departed's understanding of identity is deeply rooted in place and culture -- South Boston, Irish Catholicism, masculine rituals.

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The Passenger (1975/2005)

He is introduced as a human being in the process of existing rather than any particular person engaged in any particular struggle.

Mike Ward
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Heartburn (1986)

In Heartburn, we're not privy to any clues that Mark might be the unfaithful party, even though we know it's a plot device coming down the track like a Metroliner.

James Oliphant
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Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Something's Gotta Give is best when it backs off the cute dialogue and the actors create their own moments.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Overstays its welcome, yes, but worse, it pretends like it's news when it isn't.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Psych-Out / The Trip (1967/1968)

In Haight-Ashbury, Jenny's only clue to her lost brother's whereabouts is a postcard that reads, 'God is alive and well in a sugar cube.'"

Erich Kuersten
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Anger Management (2003)

Dave (Adam Sandler) grumbles okay, to everything, his face reorganized into a permanent twist.

Cynthia Fuchs
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About Schmidt (2002)

The expression on Schmidt's face every time he encounters another crisis does not convey anger, but befuddlement.

Shan Fowler
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