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J.D. Lafrance
"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." - Harlan Ellison
"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." - Harlan Ellison
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Moonlight Mile
Brad Silberling got his start directing television shows like Doogie Howser, M.D. and NYPD
Blue before making the jump to feature movies with studio fare like Casper (1995) and City of Angels (1998). It wasn’t until Moonlight Mile (2002), however, that he f...

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The Bonfire of the Vanities
“And I think if you look at the movie now, and
you don’t know anything about the book, and you get it out of the time that it
was released, I think you can see it in a whole different way.” –
Brian De Palma, Empire magazine, December 2008 Has enough time pa...

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Kiss Me Deadly
the classy film noirs of the 1940s, Robert Aldrich ’s adaptation of Mickey Spillane ’s hardboiled crime novel Kiss Me Deadly (1955) pushed the boundaries of the genre as far as it could back
then. It was as tough and uncompromising as its protagonist ...

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The Age of Adaline
Magic realism is
characterized by fantastical elements incorporated into an otherwise realistic
world. Depicting it in films is a tricky thing. These films often require you
to take a leap of faith and trust that the filmmaker knows what they’re doing.

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O.C. and Stiggs
The 1980s was not an easy decade for Robert Altman . After enjoying a fantastic run of films in the 1970s that
included the likes of McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), The Long Goodbye (1973), California Split (1974), and Nashville (1975), he effectively burned...

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
It finally happened. The Star Wars franchise released its first
ever, non-chapter offshoot movie, the first in a planned anthology series. In
this day and age, where all the studios in Hollywood now follow Marvel’s lead
by trying to build their own lucrativ...

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Once Upon a Time in the West
After making The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966), Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone decided to stop making westerns and began work on what would become Once Upon a Time in America (1984), a
period gangster epic. Paramount Pictures, however, approached him wi...

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Everybody Wants Some!!
Anticipation was high among
fans of filmmaker Richard Linklater when it was announced that his follow-up to Boyhood (2014) would be Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) and it was
being touted as a spiritual sequel of sorts to his beloved cult film Dazed and Confu...

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first glance, Edward Snowden ’s life would make for an excellent political
thriller. Here is someone who enlisted in the United States Army Reserve to
fight in the Iraq War because he wanted to make a difference. When that didn’t
pan out, he got a job in...

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The Thomas Crown Affair
On paper, The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) must’ve
looked like a sure-fire hit. Its stars – Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway – were
coming off highly regarded films – The
Sand Pebbles (1966) and Bonnie and
Clyde (1967) respectively. Behind the camera, director ...
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