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25 Years After: Die Hard, A Degenerative Retrospective

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John McTiernan’s Die Hard opened twenty-five years ago to a mixed reception, receiving both popular praise and critical loathing.

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DVD Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a subtle meditation on art and the price it exacts from those who would seek its peaks, in the fascinating context of the sushi world.

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Prometheus and the Complexities of Interpretivism

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The critical reception for Prometheus has stimulated an interesting and extended discussions regarding the film’s synthesis of religion, science, and society.

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Film Review: Sergei Loznitsa’s My Joy

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This Ukrainian film set in Russia and directed by documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa offers no reason or explanation for why the boring, the tragic, the senseless and the funny happen in our daily lives.

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Film Review: Square Grouper

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Square Grouper is pretty even-handed in its telling of the exploits of a Florida religious group who funded their faith by moving piles and piles of its main sacrament.

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Film Book Review: Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of “Heart of Glass” by Alan Greenberg

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Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of “Heart of Glass” gives a portrait of an artist even more enigmatic and frantically creative than his films make him seem.

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The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers

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The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers makes a mostly successful case for the brothers’ classic films as a treasure trove of teachable moments about the human condition.

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Fassbinder “Wired” into Speculative Fiction

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Beneath all science fiction lies a dilemma, one solved by the best storytellers: whether the speculative devices are more interesting than the characters created to experience them.

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Book Review: Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel

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Dana Fredsti, novelist and former swordswoman in charge of training on Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness, manages to squeeze some fresh juice out of an idea that Buffy did better on the small screen.

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The Freestyle Art of Suzuki – Branded to Kill (1967) and Toyko Drifter (1966)

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Suzuki’s approach adheres to Godard’s dictum that all one needs for a movie is a girl and a gun.

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Listening to The Conversation

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Critics have missed some thematic points that are worth exploring to further illustrate the worthiness of Coppola’s still-undervalued character study.

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Further Thoughts on Howard Hawks’ Scarface (and In Praise of Robin Wood)

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As Wood noted frequently, genre is largely based on ideology; it’s fostered through popular entertainment and in the film, directly stated by the chief.

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Black Death, Lost in its Own Darkness

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As in life, some promises are hard to keep onscreen. This is true in the case of Walter Hill’s cult pic The Warriors.

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead…Until a Second Act Prize

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The food science/health documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead makes the filmmaker-subject motif – in which the man behind the camera spends as much time in front of it – appear to be the norm.

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Film Essay: The Natural Supernaturalism of the 13 Assassins

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At a fundamental level, 13 Assassins dramatically illustrates the deadly nature of conflicting political loyalties.

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