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Do We Dream of Electric Sheep Like Blade Runner's Corporate-produced Replicants?

The isolation of Blade Runner 2049's inhabitants continually reinforces and enlivens their deep need for genuine connection, communal relationships, which the divisive effects of global capitalism actively undermines.

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"My Humor Is Traced with Dark": An Interview with 'Drive’s Albert Brooks

Everyone is talking about Albert Brooks' transformation from funnyman to hitman in Nicolas Winding Refn's excellent Drive. The legendary comic, author and Best Supporting Actor Oscar hopeful recently spoke with PopMatters about being ahead of the curve and more.

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Transformer, Singular: 'Drive' Sings the Body Electric

Va-va-va-vroooom: Cannes Best Director winner Nicolas Winding Refn talks Drive with PopMatters.

Lee Dallas
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'Blue Valentine': You Always Hurt the Ones You Love

Ultimately, Blue Valentine isn’t something you merely watch: it’s something that you feel. Even though it proves to be one hell of a devastating experience, it’s worth the pain.

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Various Artists: Blue Valentine OST

While Grizzly Bear was the perfect choice to score the heartbreaking indie vehicle, listening to their score without the visuals leaves the listener a little wanting.

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Hitting 'The Road' with Director John Hillcoat

Director John Hillcoat talks to PopMatters about the hazards of being intimidated by legends, the funny side of cannibalism and Viggo Mortensen's sweet tooth as his adaptation of the seminal apocalyptic novel The Road hits theaters.

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Summer of Same: July 2009

In a rare attempt at novelty, July jets along with only Harry Potter and the Ice Age crew sampling continuing series spoils. The rest provide unknown pleasures.

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Lars and the Real Girl

This is the reductive conceit of Lars and the Real Girl, Lars' representative incongruity: he's so unlike everyone else that he becomes their cause and sign of sanity.

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Fracture (2007)

Part police procedural, part courtroom hijinks, and part cunning murder plot, Gregory Hoblit's new movie brings the usual canards.

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'Half Nelson' Is Among the Best Films of 2006

Given its subject -- a drug-addicted teacher -- Half Nelson's success is certainly more surprising than that of the warmer, and more star-blessed, Little Miss Sunshine.

Shaun Huston
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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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Half Nelson (2006)

In Half Nelson, Dan's (Ryan Gosling) take on history -- as concept and series of events -- has as much to do with his personal past as any ideological leanings. He sees history in motion, as ongoing questions.

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Stay (2005)

Often evocative, sometimes audacious, and finally undone by an inelegant close, Stay is less interested in story than in impressions.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland meets a teacher who's been tending to young hard cases for too long.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland will come to be instructive and redemptive for others, just as he has tried to find instruction and redemption in others.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Believer (2001)

The film's about the human impetus toward contradiction, about our need to exercise those contradictions, to live them.

Jennifer D. Wesley
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Murder by Numbers (2002)

'Murder by Numbers' isn't about solving the case; it's about solving Cassie (Sandra Bullock).

Cynthia Fuchs
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