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70s Rewind: CONRACK, Jon Voight as a Real-Life White Savior

Jon Voight stars as the titular character, a young white teacher who comes to an island off the coast of South Carolina in March 1969. He's been hired to fill in for a teacher on a health leave, only to...

Friday One Sheet: The Legacy of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Stanley Kubrick's timeless masterpiece of science fiction and supreme audio-visual storytelling, 2001: A Space Odyssey, turns 50 this month. Thus, I would like to take today's column as a gallery, to outlay about a dozen posters, from official studio released...

Screen Anarchists On READY PLAYER ONE

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is the legendary director's highest-grossing film in over a decade, and audience reception worldwide is pretty kind towards it. Many critics like the film as well, and some herald it as a return to...

70s Rewind: FAT CITY, Broads, Booze and Boxing, Bleakly

To be honest, I didn't feel that good before I finally started watching John Huston's adaptation of Leonard Gardner's novel the other night, but afterward, it was only the sheer exhaustion of a long day's work that allowed me to...

Notes on Streaming: WILD WILD COUNTRY Digs Deep Into Fear and Religion

Where were you in 1981? In June of that year, I attended a lonely Saturday morning screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Unable to convince any of my friends to accompany me to a movie widely perceived as a...

70s Rewind: THE DROWNING POOL, Paul Newman Makes Me Sweat

A sequel that arrived nine years after the original, The Drowning Pool follows Los Angeles private detective Lew Harper on a case that made me sweat from Louisiana languor. Paul Newman is sterling in the lead role, stepping easily back...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Quentin Tarantino Film?

Today is Quentin Tarantino's birthday, and the writer / director / actor turns 55 already. Over the years, he has been portrayed in the media as a visionary filmmaker, a rebel, a thief, a genius, a liar, a copy-machine, responsible,...

70s Rewind: SCORPIO, Cynical Spies Like Us

Cynical times prompt cynical films. The early 1970s were a cynical time for many people. The bloom and possibilities of the 1960s were rapidly fading. In 1972, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon easily won re-election, even as the Watergate investigation...

Have Your Say: The Great Big Oscar Robbery!

Last Sunday saw Hollywood's annual back-patting exercise, the granting of the Academy Awards, being held for the 90th time. And while many people were happy enough with the nominees in each category, or were ecstatic about the winners, there are...

70s Rewind: DEATH WISH, Howling Outrage That Became a Franchise

In late December 1984, Bernhard Goetz shot four alleged muggers on a subway train in New York City. The shooter became known as the "Subway Vigilante" and the case was widely covered in the press, with some connecting it to...

Have Your Say: About Representation In Hollywood Films...

Last weekend, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther slashed box office records left and right around the world, answering the question of whether or not we are tired of superhero films with a resounding "NO". It's a huge financial and critical success,...

70s Rewind: BITE THE BULLET, Gene Hackman As a True Western Hero

Gene Hackman is a treasure of American cinema. His role in Bite the Bullet is a good example of a less-heralded performance that nonetheless sheds light on his brilliance. Born in 1930, Hackman served in the U.S. Marines shortly after...

Notes on Streaming: THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, When Netflix Goes Nutty

Netflix's deal to purchase worldwide streaming rights to the next Cloverfield from Paramount Pictures -- which would mean the film would not have a theatrical release, as planned -- has been brewing at least since last month's Sundance Film Festival,...

10+ Years Later: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS Still Makes the Cut

So, I was right about this one. It was a chilly day in late 1990, and my younger brother and I got into a disagreement. We could only see one movie. I was a high school geek far before being...

70s Rewind: THE HOSPITAL, Passion, Pain and Dark Comedy

What a dream team! An Academy Award-winning star, an Academy Award-winning writer, the director of an uber-popular romance, and a Bond Girl, all in one movie! Recently released by Twilight Time on a lovely new Blu-ray, The Hospital now plays...

Rey Before Rey: Padmé Is the Protagonist of THE PHANTOM MENACE

Among many things, one area where The Phantom Menace falls behind the other Star Wars films is its lack of a clear hero's journey, driving the narrative as Luke's drives Star Wars and Rey's drives The Force Awakens. Fans like...

Have Your Say: Actors As Game Characters

Last night, Variety posted the news that actor John Cena is currently being negotiated with for playing the lead character in Paramounts planned Duke Nukem film. John Cena as Duke? That seems... well, that's actually seems like a remarkably good...

10+ Years Later: THE PRESTIGE, Christopher Nolan's Most Knotty Work

"In my travels, I have seen the future... And it is a strange future indeed. The world, ladies and gentleman, is on the brink of new, terrifying possibilities." This is how Robert Angier, introduces his magic act, 'The Real Transported...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite John Carpenter Film?

Many salutations and congratulations to director and composer John Carpenter, who turns seventy years old this very day! While it's been a while since one of his films has turned into a classic, his resumee boasts a fair few already,...

Friday One Sheet: THE COMMUTER (and Perspective Text)

Ever since the Saul Bass designed opening titles of North by Northwest, key art designers have used perspective text to imply 'on the run.' This minimalist (one of very many great Bass inflectected designs from LA Studios) key art, quite...