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J.D. Lafrance
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Attended University of Western Ontario
Lives in Canada
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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
With his low-budget revenge
movie, Mad Max (1979), Australian
filmmaker George Miller created one of the most kinetic action spectacles by
choreographing car chases in a way that was unique. They were depicted
viscerally, putting you right in the action. Th...
With his low-budget revenge movie, Mad Max (1979), Australian filmmaker George Miller created one of the most kinetic action spectacles by choreographing car chases in a way that was unique. They were depicted viscerally, putting you right in the action. The film was a massive success, ...
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The Nice Guys
In retrospect, releasing an
R-rated buddy action movie at the beginning of the summer blockbuster season – amidst
comic book superhero movies and children’s animated films – was probably not a
good idea. The Nice Guys (2016), Shane Black ’s throwback to a b...
In retrospect, releasing an R-rated buddy action movie at the beginning of the summer blockbuster season – amidst comic book superhero movies and children's animated films – was probably not a good idea. The Nice Guys (2016), Shane Black's throwback to a bygone era, has performed unremarkably.
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Less Than Zero
In 1985, Bret Easton Ellis ’
debut novel Less Than Zero was
published when he was only 20 and still in college. Its debauched tale of bored
and hedonistic Los Angeles rich kids became a hit with the novel selling
millions of copies. The Village Voice includ...
In 1985, Bret Easton Ellis' debut novel Less Than Zero was published when he was only 20 and still in college. Its debauched tale of bored and hedonistic Los Angeles rich kids became a hit with the novel selling millions of copies. The Village Voice included him as part of a new generation of ...
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Captain America: Civil War
It has been said that 2016
marks the deconstruction phase of the comic book superhero genre what with Deadpool turning it on its ear with a
healthy dose of postmodern irreverence. It also saw two movies that addressed
the very heroic nature of these larger ...
It has been said that 2016 marks the deconstruction phase of the comic book superhero genre what with Deadpool turning it on its ear with a healthy dose of postmodern irreverence. It also saw two movies that addressed the very heroic nature of these larger than life characters, first with Batman ...
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The Shadow
With the massive commercial
success of Tim Burton’s Batman (1989)
every studio in Hollywood wanted to replicate it and this kickstarted a feeding
frenzy for a pulp story/comic book property that would connect with the
mainstream movie-going public. The resu...
With the massive commercial success of Tim Burton's Batman (1989) every studio in Hollywood wanted to replicate it and this kickstarted a feeding frenzy for a pulp story/comic book property that would connect with the mainstream movie-going public. The result was a string of lavish adaptations ...
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Forty Guns
Hell and High Water (1954) was one of 20 th Century Fox’s earliest experiments
with CinemaScope, widescreen movies that was Hollywood’s attempt in the 1950s to
lure people away from their television sets and back into the theaters by
giving them something t...
Hell and High Water (1954) was one of 20th Century Fox's earliest experiments with CinemaScope, widescreen movies that was Hollywood's attempt in the 1950s to lure people away from their television sets and back into the theaters by giving them something they couldn't get staying home.
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The Day After Tomorrow
BLOGGER'S NOTE: This post is part of the Nature's Fury blogathon over at the Cinematic Catharsis blog. I’m
a sucker for disaster movies . The appeal of them is that they make me wonder,
how would I handle such a dire situation? What would I do? Then, I get ...
I'm a sucker for disaster movies. The appeal of them is that they make me wonder, how would I handle such a dire situation? What would I do? Then, I get to play armchair quarterback and criticize all the mistakes the characters make in the movie. If I had to narrow it down, my favorite disaster ...
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Bull Durham
BLOGGER'S NOTE: This post is part of the Athletes in Film blogathon over at Wide Screen World and Once Upon a Screen. How does a film helmed by a
first-time director with a leading lady the studio didn’t want, about a
washed-up baseball player in the twilig...
How does a film helmed by a first-time director with a leading lady the studio didn't want, about a washed-up baseball player in the twilight of his career become not only one of the greatest sports films ever made but also one of the best romantic comedies for adults?
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Le Divorce
For my money, Le Divorce (2003) is one of the better
Woody Allen films not made by Allen. It is in fact made by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory – the powerhouse filmmaking duo behind such hits like A Room with A View (1985), Howards End (1992), and The Rema...
For my money, Le Divorce (2003) is one of the better Woody Allen films not made by Allen. It is in fact made by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory – the powerhouse filmmaking duo behind such hits like A Room with A View (1985), Howards End (1992), and The Remains of the Day (1993).
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The Conversation
With the assassinations of
important political figures during the 1960s like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X
and John and Robert Kennedy, Americans had become very cynical about their
government in the 1970s. This distrust manifested itself in many forms with...
With the assassinations of important political figures during the 1960s like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and John and Robert Kennedy, Americans had become very cynical about their government in the 1970s. This distrust manifested itself in many forms with the Watergate scandal only reinforcing ...
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Man on Fire
When I first watched Tony Scott ’s Man on Fire (2004) shortly after it was released on home video, I
dismissed it as an empty exercise in trying to recreate the 1980s action movie
that the director himself helped popularize with the likes of Top Gun (1986) ...
When I first watched Tony Scott's Man on Fire (2004) shortly after it was released on home video, I dismissed it as an empty exercise in trying to recreate the 1980s action movie that the director himself helped popularize with the likes of Top Gun (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987).
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For Your Eyes Only
Roger Moore is my least
favorite James Bond and I had the misfortune of growing up during his run in
the 1980s. I saw both Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985) in
theaters and caught up with Moonraker (1979) on home video. I found Moore’s Bond too s...
Roger Moore is my least favorite James Bond and I had the misfortune of growing up during his run in the 1980s. I saw both Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985) in theaters and caught up with Moonraker (1979) on home video. I found Moore's Bond too silly with too many jokes peppered ...
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"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." - Harlan Ellison
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I'm currently working on a book about the films Michael Mann.
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  • University of Western Ontario
    1992 - 1995
  • Brock University
    1997
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