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The Stepfather (1987)

Unlike Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees, the monstrous title character of The Stepfather is both plausible and a rich metaphor.

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Homeboy

Johnny never gets a direct answer as to whether he could have been good or not, but the film gives the viewer enough images, not words, to decide for himself.

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Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy

In terms of story, these films comprise a trilogy. However, in tone, theme, and character development, they couldn’t be more different.

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Claude Lévi-Strauss in His Own Words

Although worthwhile to have his interviews compiled and contextualized as they are here, one might as well just read Lévi-Strauss

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Deep Purple: History, Hits and Highlights 1968-1976

A 20-minute live version of “Mandrake Root” would be enough to convince me to sniff glue, put a safety pin through my cheek, and forget how to play guitar, too.

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Galaxy Quest: Deluxe Edition

I watched Star Trek in a theater and Galaxy Quest at home on TV -- Galaxy Quest was more fun.

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Squidbillies: Vol. 2

Anyone willing to sit through the sight of a few tumors and genetically modified chickens will find this worthwhile.

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Barney Miller: The Complete Third Season

Though it relies on racial, sexual, and gender divides to create humor, the show’s creators make an earnest attempt to grapple with some prejudices.

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The Great Depression

The Great Depression saw a parade of oddballs, outlaws, Hollywood starlets and messianic politicians tap-dancing through Oklahoma dust clouds and Harlem riots, lifting a nation out of its collective despair.

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The Stewardesses 3D: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

For those who enjoy movies for their sheer improbability, this is a goldmine of work poorly done but richly rewarded.

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Abel Gance's J'Accuse

Those fortunate enough to witness Abel Gance's J'accuse! will know beyond a doubt silent film’s power to terrify.

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Yesterday's Dreams: Motown in the 1980s

The music of Motown's third decade does not quite deserve the close attention that the label's first two decades warrant, but even a cursory look at the label in these years reveals that things weren't all bad.

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Will Shakespeare

Much of Will Shakespeare’s story overlaps with that of Ray Charles or Johnny Cash, if we are to believe our biopics.

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The Shuttered Room / It!

Fans of B-horror movies might pick this up, hoping to find a lost gem.

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Mr. Bean: The Ultimate Collection

Through this character Atkinson simultaneously looks back to the silent film era for inspiration and provides inspiration to a new generation of comedians.

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