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    ‘Midnight Run’ at 30: In Praise of the ‘Casablanca’ of Buddy Comedies

    ‘Midnight Run’ at 30: In Praise of the ‘Casablanca’ of Buddy Comedies

    How the combo of Robert De Niro going comedic and Charles Grodin getting neurotic turned an action-comedy into an endlessly rewatchable classic. “Jack, you’re a grown man. You have control…

    L.A. Breakdown, a Hitman In Crisis: Michael Mann’s ‘Collateral’

    L.A. Breakdown, a Hitman In Crisis: Michael Mann’s ‘Collateral’

    When people think of Tom Cruise, what do they see? That shit eating grin, the Scientology, star power? I prefer to think of Cruise as a character actor trapped in…

    The Continuing Influence of Akira Kurosawa on World Cinema

    The Continuing Influence of Akira Kurosawa on World Cinema

    One day in the middle of September 1951, Akira Kurosawa went fishing. He needed to. The film he had just finished, The Idiot had been released by the studio Shôchiku…

    ‘The Seventh Seal’: An Enthralling Philosophical Work of Art

    ‘The Seventh Seal’: An Enthralling Philosophical Work of Art

    Ingmar Bergman decided to make something completely different upon witnessing the success of his comedy Smiles of a Summer Night in Cannes, where the film had won the jury’s special…

    Stanley Kubrick interview with Playboy magazine, 1968

    Stanley Kubrick interview with Playboy magazine, 1968

    Playboy: Much of the controversy surrounding 2001 deals with the meaning of the metaphysical symbols that abound in the film—the polished black monoliths, the orbital conjunction of Earth, Moon and…

    ‘Fight Club’: David Fincher’s stylish exploration of modern-day man’s estrangement and disillusionment

    ‘Fight Club’: David Fincher’s stylish exploration of modern-day man’s estrangement and disillusionment

    Standing proudly among the ranks of those films whose post-theater, DVD legacy far outshone and outlived the results and recognition they got while on display in cinemas across the United…

    “The Exorcist” — How our scariest movie got made

    “The Exorcist” —  How our scariest movie got made

    Released the day after Christmas, 1973, “The Exorcist” was an immediate sensation. In its first few weeks in theaters, stories abounded of viewers fainting, becoming nauseous or leaving the theater…

    Alan Parker’s ‘Angel Heart’ Is Astonishing as Hell

    Alan Parker’s ‘Angel Heart’ Is Astonishing as Hell

    English film director Alan Parker was first introduced to William Hjortsberg’s novel ‘Falling Angel’ almost immediately after its publication in 1978, but it took another seven or eight years for him to…

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