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J.D. Lafrance
Worked at Ridley College
Attended University of Western Ontario
Lives in Canada
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Nighthawks
In many
respects, Nighthawks (1981) is an
inferior variation on The French
Connection (1971) with two New York City cops tracking down a criminal
mastermind in the mean streets only replacing international drug smuggling with
international terrorism. In fac...
In many respects, Nighthawks (1981) is an inferior variation on The French Connection (1971) with two New York City cops tracking down a criminal mastermind in the mean streets only replacing international drug smuggling with international terrorism. In fact, Nighthawks was originally intended ...
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Dredd
The character of Judge Dredd first appeared in the March 1977 issue of British science fiction-themed comic
book 2000 AD and was created by
writer John Wagner, artist Carlos Ezquerra and editor Pat Mills. Set in the
dystopian futureworld of Mega-City One, D...
The character of Judge Dredd first appeared in the March 1977 issue of British science fiction-themed comic book 2000 AD and was created by writer John Wagner, artist Carlos Ezquerra and editor Pat Mills. Set in the dystopian futureworld of Mega-City One, Dredd is a Dirty Harry-esque law ...
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Fallen Angels
Wong Kar-Wai ’s Fallen Angels (1995) isn’t as beloved as
some of his other films, most notably Chungking
Express (1994), because the characters that populate it aren’t as
inherently likeable. They are more standoff-ish or too cool or just plain odd
to invit...
Wong Kar-Wai's Fallen Angels (1995) isn't as beloved as some of his other films, most notably Chungking Express (1994), because the characters that populate it aren't as inherently likeable. They are more standoff-ish or too cool or just plain odd to invite audience identification like the ones ...
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In 1999, the highly
anticipated Star Wars Episode I: The
Phantom Menace was released and soon followed by subsequent installments, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). Returning to the director’s chair for the...
In 1999, the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released and soon followed by subsequent installments, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). Returning to the director's chair for the first time since Star Wars Episode IV: ...
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24 Hour Party People
by Lady Fitzsimmons and J.D. Lafrance “I’ll just say one thing: Icarus. If you know
what I mean, great. If you don’t…you should probably read more.” Cue the music. This is our introduction to Tony Wilson –
scarecrow, cowardly lion and tin man all – is both ...
This is our introduction to Tony Wilson – scarecrow, cowardly lion and tin man all – is both heart-full and heartless, dependent upon whether on-camera or off – in public or in private as he stumbles onto the scene. The man of mystery that was Tony “Barabbas” Wilson, via Manchester, ...
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Manhattan
After the phenomenal success
of Annie Hall (1977), Woody Allen confounded the expectations of his critics and fans with Interiors (1978), which saw him doing his best Ingmar Bergman
impression. It was his first dramatic film and while critical reaction was
...
After the phenomenal success of Annie Hall (1977), Woody Allen confounded the expectations of his critics and fans with Interiors (1978), which saw him doing his best Ingmar Bergman impression. It was his first dramatic film and while critical reaction was mostly positive, it hardly set the box ...
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The Wild Bunch
“We gotta start thinking beyond our guns. Those
days are closing fast.” – Pike Bishop No one made films like Sam Peckinpah . Tough, uncompromising, violent, nihilistic. He was a filmmaker
unafraid to explore the darker aspects of human nature and often with...
No one made films like Sam Peckinpah. Tough, uncompromising, violent, nihilistic. He was a filmmaker unafraid to explore the darker aspects of human nature and often with a romantic streak. The Wild Bunch (1969) is all this and more – a no holds-barred western about a group of men being pushed ...
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Punch-Drunk Love
Burnt
out from making the personal, sprawling epic that was Magnolia (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson decided to make an Adam Sandler romantic comedy as his next project. He was a big fan of the popular
comedian and wrote a film specifically for him. On the sur...
Burnt out from making the personal, sprawling epic that was Magnolia (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson decided to make an Adam Sandler romantic comedy as his next project. He was a big fan of the popular comedian and wrote a film specifically for him. On the surface, the character Sandler plays in ...
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Inside Llewyn Davis
“I’m not the one you want, babe I’m not the one you need You say you’re lookin’ for someone Never weak but always strong To protect you an’ defend you Whether you are right or wrong But it ain’t me, babe No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe It ain’t me you’re look...
The film opens with Llewyn's moving cover of “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” in a small nightclub in the Village. Isaac is actually playing and singing live, delivering a soulful rendition of this song. It sets a definite tone and mood, complete with the stylized cinematography that resembles a slightly ...
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King Kong
Considered
to be one of the greatest movie monsters of all time, King Kong has enjoyed
many cinematic incarnations, most recently Peter Jackson’s lavish love letter to the 1933 classic. There is something inherently and powerfully mythic about
Kong that ins...
Considered to be one of the greatest movie monsters of all time, King Kong has enjoyed many cinematic incarnations, most recently Peter Jackson's lavish love letter to the 1933 classic. There is something inherently and powerfully mythic about Kong that inspires filmmakers to revisit the monster ...
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American Gangster
For a film that was a
critical and commercial success, I’m surprised that American Gangster (2007) isn’t talked about more or revered by film
buffs as much as it should. The general consensus seems to be that it’s a good
film but not a great one. Ridley’s S...
For a film that was a critical and commercial success, I'm surprised that American Gangster (2007) isn't talked about more or revered by film buffs as much as it should. The general consensus seems to be that it's a good film but not a great one. Ridley's Scott's film is an epic depiction of the ...
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Tomorrowland
In this cynical and jaded
world in which we live in idealism and optimism are often mistakenly equated
with naiveté or stupidity. This may explain why Tomorrowland (2015) tanked so spectacularly at the box office and
was roasted over the coals by critics. B...
In this cynical and jaded world in which we live in idealism and optimism are often mistakenly equated with naiveté or stupidity. This may explain why Tomorrowland (2015) tanked so spectacularly at the box office and was roasted over the coals by critics. Based on the Walt Disney theme land of ...
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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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