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J.D. Lafrance
Worked at Ridley College
Attended University of Western Ontario
Lives in Canada
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Jacknife
By the mid-1980s, the American
public was finally coming to terms with the effects of their involvement in the Vietnam War . Oliver Stone’s film Platoon (1986)
opened the popular culture floodgates and soon a cottage industry of
war-related material was eve...
By the mid-1980s, the American public was finally coming to terms with the effects of their involvement in the Vietnam War. Oliver Stone's film Platoon (1986) opened the popular culture floodgates and soon a cottage industry of war-related material was everywhere, from Time-Life books to ...
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Clear and Present Danger
No stranger to movie
franchises, it came as no surprise when Harrison Ford replaced Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan in the popular adaptations of Tom Clancy ’s best-selling novels with Patriot Games (1992), the follow-up to The Hunt for Red October (1990). Ford s...
No stranger to movie franchises, it came as no surprise when Harrison Ford replaced Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan in the popular adaptations of Tom Clancy's best-selling novels with Patriot Games (1992), the follow-up to The Hunt for Red October (1990). Ford slipped effortlessly into the role and ...
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Live from Baghdad
For many Generation Xers, one
of the most enduring images from the early 1990s are ones of bombs falling on Baghdad captured via eerie night vision that rendered the experience through an
unsettling monochromatic filter. This footage not only signaled the U...
For many Generation Xers, one of the most enduring images from the early 1990s are ones of bombs falling on Baghdad captured via eerie night vision that rendered the experience through an unsettling monochromatic filter. This footage not only signaled the United States' invasion of Iraq but it ...
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Plain Clothes
Early on in her career, Martha Coolidge was destined to be a subversive alternative to John Hughes’
1980s teen comedies with films like Valley
Girl (1983) and Real Genius (1985) that championed outsider-type protagonists that refused to be part of
the statu...
Early on in her career, Martha Coolidge was destined to be a subversive alternative to John Hughes' 1980s teen comedies with films like Valley Girl (1983) and Real Genius (1985) that championed outsider-type protagonists that refused to be part of the status quo, which most movies of its ilk ...
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The Punisher (1989)
Comic book character the Punisher first appeared in The Amazing
Spider-Man #129 in February 1974. He played an antagonistic role and was a
hit with readers, going on to team up with Spider-Man, Captain America and
others during the 1970s and early 1980s wit...
Comic book character the Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 in February 1974. He played an antagonistic role and was a hit with readers, going on to team up with Spider-Man, Captain America and others during the 1970s and early 1980s with a notable run on Daredevil during ...
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Jack Reacher
There was a certain amount of
trepidation when it was announced that Tom Cruise was cast in the title role of Jack Reacher (2012), an adaptation of
the popular series of crime novels by Lee Child. Fans were upset that the movie
star did not resemble the cha...
There was a certain amount of trepidation when it was announced that Tom Cruise was cast in the title role of Jack Reacher (2012), an adaptation of the popular series of crime novels by Lee Child. Fans were upset that the movie star did not resemble the character in the least despite getting the ...
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Snake Eyes
In the 1990s, filmmaker Brian De Palma struggled between making expensive, high profile failures like The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) and pushing
through personal projects like Raising
Cain (1992) and commercial triumphs like Mission: Impossible (1996). ...
In the 1990s, filmmaker Brian De Palma struggled between making expensive, high profile failures like The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) and pushing through personal projects like Raising Cain (1992) and commercial triumphs like Mission: Impossible (1996). Fresh from the success of the latter ...
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The Jericho Mile
After cutting his teeth on
documentaries in the early 1970s, Michael Mann moved to Hollywood and planned
“to make it big in ninety days,” but found that “for two years I couldn’t get
arrested.” In the process of learning how to write screenplays over two ye...
After cutting his teeth on documentaries in the early 1970s, Michael Mann moved to Hollywood and planned “to make it big in ninety days,” but found that “for two years I couldn't get arrested.” In the process of learning how to write screenplays over two years, he came to the attention of the ...
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Quiz Show
In a 1985 interview Robert Redford said of his film Downhill Racer (1969): “it represented what was happening in this country—the slow realization
that you’ve been given a false legacy growing up as a kid. Namely, it wasn’t
whether you won or lost but how y...
In a 1985 interview Robert Redford said of his film Downhill Racer (1969): “it represented what was happening in this country—the slow realization that you've been given a false legacy growing up as a kid. Namely, it wasn't whether you won or lost but how you played the game.
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test
"If memories could be
canned, would they also have expiry dates? If so, I hope they last for
centuries." - Cop 223 Chungking
Express (1994) is a film obsessed with time. Not only are its characters
consciously aware of and thinking about time passing, but t...
Chungking Express (1994) is a film obsessed with time. Not only are its characters consciously aware of and thinking about time passing, but the film itself plays around with the slowing down and speeding up of time. The camera lingers on close-ups of clocks and the expiration date on cans of ...
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Platoon
Oliver Stone ’s Platoon (1986) was not the first film about
the Vietnam War . It was, however, the first one to be made by a man who had
served as a foot soldier (with the 25th Infantry Division) in the
conflict. Before it was the rah-rah propaganda of The ...
Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986) was not the first film about the Vietnam War. It was, however, the first one to be made by a man who had served as a foot soldier (with the 25th Infantry Division) in the conflict. Before it was the rah-rah propaganda of The Green Berets (1968).
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Blackhat
Michael Mann’s interest in
computer hackers and the socio-political impact of their illegal activities can
be traced as far back as 1995 when he was briefly linked to an adaptation of
William Gibson’s cyberpunk novel Count
Zero , a science fiction tale invo...
Michael Mann's interest in computer hackers and the socio-political impact of their illegal activities can be traced as far back as 1995 when he was briefly linked to an adaptation of William Gibson's cyberpunk novel Count Zero, a science fiction tale involving international espionage via ...
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"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." - Harlan Ellison
Introduction
I'm currently working on a book about the films Michael Mann.
Education
  • University of Western Ontario
    1992 - 1995
  • Brock University
    1997
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  • Ridley College
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