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10 Classic "So-Bad-They're-Good" Films

Success sticks out in memory, but so too do failures, especially the bad ones. Here are ten films that fall so flat on their face that you can't help but hit rewind.

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8 Low-Budget Films That Delivered Big

Money isn't everything, although in filmmaking it counts for a lot. These eight films defied their minuscule budgets.

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Is It Always Better to Think Things Through Twice?

Columnist Stanley Fish's collection of works has readers reconsidering how they form their opinions.

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The Word of the Day Is Legacy, As in Pee-wee Herman's Legacy

In an era of TV antiheroes, of irony, grittiness, postmodern sensibilities galore, a character like Pee-wee Herman, emphasized in Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special, is cutting edge.

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'Coin-Operated Americans' Tells of the Time When Arcades Took the Children of Displaced Workers

America’s youth crowded arcades, deposited quarters, and saw a way out of the modern, productive industrial economy of the post-war US and into the postmodern, postindustrial consumer economy that we inhabit today.

Film

Craven, Freddy, and That Dream in Your Head

Wes Craven let Freddy Krueger into our world. With the director now departed, what remains of his monster in our minds?

Books

Queen Said It Best: We Are the Champions

The Invaders considers the tenuous position of the planet's top dogs.

Film

Eight Films That Didn't Deserve Their Initial Reception

There are films that slipped through the cracks, not finding their stride upon release. Either these films baffled critics, were ignored by audiences, or became subjected to the whims of a cruel market.

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Glenn Greenwald's Latest Has Us Wondering Who Watches the Watchers?

'No Place to Hide' is a portrait of courage, determination, and the lengths people go to stand by their principles.

Film

Paul Verhoeven's Authenticity Came to Light at Chicago's Logan Arcade

Some works by Paul Verhoeven, a director known for satire, were shown in an ironic setting this summer. The result was an earnestness soaked in blood.

Books

Is Growing Up Such a Good Thing?

Adventure Time and Philosophy takes us on a journey to the land of Ooo in search of truth.

Books

Prick Me, Do I Not Bleed?

Are feminists like Leora Tanenbaum oversensitive?

James Orbesen
Books

On Tony Judt's Endless Train

Be suspicious of romantic narratives, Judt reminds us, for they will only derail our understanding, and take us nowhere.

Books

Can Selfishness Be a Virtue?

Through the magical intersection of text and image The Age of Selfishness seeks to clarify the philosophy of Ayn Rand, and how it influenced the Masters of the Universe.

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Diving Deep Into the Other Worlds of Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is famous for his magical worlds rich in issues of identity and psychology. Strecher's book is the road map to understand the twisting, metaphysical 'Over There' of Murakami.

Comics

Once Again, It's Come to This: "Fantastic Four #1"

Fantastic Four #1 seems too beholden to its history to make much of an impact. Part of this stems from the fact, as first issues do, that all characters need to be introduced.

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Dynamic Duo Squared: "Batman-Superman #8"

The latest ongoing team-up book for Batman and Superman, helmed by Greg Pak, continues a tradition of grand storytelling, albeit in a much smaller universe.

James Orbesen
Comics

Bittersweet Symphony: "Daredevil #36"

It’s always bittersweet when an acclaimed run comes to an end. But, instead of a farewell, it’s an "I’ll see you later" because a new issue #1 is imminent.

James Orbesen
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