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The eternal charm of the go-getter: Part one

Known as “the third genius,” Harold Lloyd did not have the same background in vaudeville as Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton; yet, he ended...

Hell is your family

Toni Collette spends nearly the entirety of Hereditary playing an unopposed game of Twister using only her facial features. The film is understandably being...

Twenty feet from stardom, a million miles from sanity

Like most love stories, this one begins at the movies. London, 1971: A young actor goes to see the latest release, A Clockwork Orange,...

When I paint my masterpiece

Reverend Toller (Ethan Hawke, in one of his best performances) is having a crisis of faith. The parish pastor of New York’s 250-year-old First...

The right stuff

On May 14, 2018, Tom Wolfe — one of America’s most exuberant writers — died at the age of 88. Among his litany of...

Beyond notorious

RBG, the latest documentary from Julie Cohen and Betsy West, opens with images of Washington D.C. accompanied by sound bites from conservative talk radio...

How we got here

What good does it, writing about classic films? If it’s covering an undiscovered gem or a movie never properly released, that’s one thing. But to...

It’s a hard world for a little thing

Ah, little lad, you’re staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? 1930s West Virginia: A condemned...

Enjoy the silence

This Friday, Marvel Studios releases Avengers: Infinity Wars, a massive movie that will, reportedly, tie-up 10 years and 18 installments worth of narrative threads...

I am (not) a number

Who is Number One? So asks Number Six, the prisoner, played by actor and show co-creator, Patrick McGoohan. And so asked the hoards of TV...

Wherefore art thou, Magilla Gorilla?

San Andreas and Jurassic Park III were provided abstinence-only education, didn’t use intellectual property protection and had an illegitimate Rampage baby. Oh yeah, while...

A knife in the water and the snakes in the grass

In the history of cinema, there are few feature debuts as mysterious, haunting and assured as Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water. Yes, that...
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