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Lost, indie music and Final Destination inspired Dan Chaon's latest novel, Await Your Reply -- all deal with issues of self-invention and how we conceptualize the self, he tells PopMatters.

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Mad Men: Season 2

Our characters are noticing subtle changes in the air, but they don’t quite realize that the social conventions they’ve staked their lives on will be shattered by decade’s end.

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Batman 20th Anniversary Edition

This is the template for the modern summer blockbuster which makes it, for better or worse, the most-influential film of the last 25 years.

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A Glimpse of a Fast-changing China

‘Factory Girls’ and ‘The People's Republic of Capitalism’ give us a snapshot of the dramatic changes China is undergoing.

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Remembering the Orphan: Final Fantasy VIII

Warts and all, the ambitious push to expand video game storytelling found in Final Fantasy VIII deserves a closer look at this too-often neglected franchise entry.

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The Last Emperor

Maybe it takes a humanist like Bertolucci to see an emperor as an everyman, but anyone who has ever felt humbled by the heartlessness of fate can understand Pu Yi’s plight.

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The X-Files Revelations

Ten years later, Mulder and Scully return to the big screen to face their greatest mystery yet: whether or not they're still relevant in a world that's changed since they've been away.

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Lost in Beijing

This film knows that you can't buy happiness, but since real happiness is such a rarity, people will never stop trying.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Burton indulges in meticulously designed, deliberately artificial sets, cinematography that makes the world monochromatic, protagonists with pale skin and sunken eyes – but it's that passion coursing beneath the surface that makes this film feel more alive than anything he's done in years.

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1968 with Tom Brokaw

This documentary is filled with revealing moments, both big and small, that show just how much – and how little – things have changed.

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier

I hope that Moore decides to put the world of League aside and returns to telling stories about people.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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Rescue Dawn

Werner Herzog has made a career out of profiling men with impossible dreams who end up fighting against nature and society to make them a reality.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba)

I Am Cuba is a showcase for some of the most astonishingly complex long takes ever devised. Even today, its virtuosic camerawork is breathtaking.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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Interview

Pierre and Katya are too strange and too duplicitous for their conversation to have any deeper level than simply skewering the vapidity of most celebrity journalism.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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Shanghai Kiss

I really wanted to love Shanghai Kiss and recommend it as a breakthrough for Asian-American cinema, but it's merely an uneven, occasionally soulful film handicapped by some one-dimensional characters and over-familiar plot elements.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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Heroes: Season One

Do we really need yet another story about people discovering supernatural abilities and learning to do good – or evil – with them? The answer: if it’s this good, why not?

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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The Drifters: Greatest Hits Live

The Drifters drift through time and incarnation; there may be plug-in replacements over the years, but they can never replace the originals.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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The Spanish-American War: First Intervention

Privately, Roosevelt felt that the thrill of warfare was good for building a young man’s character, and he didn’t want to miss the opportunity for his generation to channel its patriotism into the glorious cause of battle.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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My Neighbor Totoro (2007)

Cinematic flights of imagination don’t come more satisfying than this.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1-4

Buffy has returned in the form of a monthly comic book series, and the most important thing to note is that Whedon's imagination no longer has a dollar value attached to it.

Jack Patrick Rodgers

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