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J.D. Lafrance
Worked at Ridley College
Attended University of Western Ontario
Lives in Canada
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The Outsiders
I was just the right age for S.E. Hinton ’s young adult
novels in the early 1980s. It was at an impressionable age that I read and
re-read The Outsiders , Rumble Fish and Tex (for some reason I never warmed up to That Was Then, This Is Now ). I loved gettin...
I was just the right age for S.E. Hinton’s young adult novels in the early 1980s. It was at an impressionable age that I read and re-read The Outsiders, Rumble Fish and Tex (for some reason I never warmed up to That Was Then,...
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The Spanish Prisoner
“A fellow said, ‘We must never forget that we
are human. And as humans we must dream. And when we dream we dream of money.” This line of dialogue is
spoken early on in The Spanish Prisoner (1998) and establishes one of the most important themes of David Mam...
“A fellow said, ‘We must never forget that we are human. And as humans we must dream. And when we dream we dream of money.” This line of dialogue is spoken early on in The Spanish Prisoner (1998) and establishes one of the...
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The Great Gatsby
Ever since F. Scott Fitzgerald ’s magnum opus The Great Gatsby was published, Hollywood has been fascinated with adapting his novel into a
film. To date, there have been five official versions, from a silent film made
in 1926 to Baz Luhrmann’s postmodern ta...
Ever since F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus The Great Gatsby was published, Hollywood has been fascinated with adapting his novel into a film. To date, there have been five official versions, from a silent film made in 1926 ...
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Modern Romance
“You have to be fearless about it, you can’t go, Oh
gee, am I gonna come off too this or too that? Don’t make the movie then, don’t
do that subject if that’s what you’re afraid of, play a lovable teddy bear.” –
Albert Brooks Albert Brooks has always
been a ...
“You have to be fearless about it, you can't go, Oh gee, am I gonna come off too this or too that? Don't make the movie then, don't do that subject if that's what you're afraid of, play a lovable teddy bear.” – Albert Brooks. Albert Brooks has always been a fearless performer unafraid to play ...
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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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The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep (1946) is often considered one of the quintessential classic film noirs
and with good reason. Adapted from Raymond Chandler ’s novel of the same name by
none other than William Faulkner and Leigh Brackett and directed by Howard Hawks , it star...
The Big Sleep (1946) is often considered one of the quintessential classic film noirs and with good reason. Adapted from Raymond Chandler’s novel of the same name by none other than William Faulkner and Leigh Brackett and dir...
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Being Evel
For many kids growing up in
the 1970s, Evel Knievel was a real-life superhero. He became famous for
performing death-defying stunts that usually involved him jumping over
something (or many things) with a motorcycle. He was the pioneer of what would
later b...
For many kids growing up in the 1970s, Evel Knievel was a real-life superhero. He became famous for performing death-defying stunts that usually involved him jumping over something (or many things) with a motorcycle. He was t...
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Lethal Weapon
Thanks to the success of 48 Hrs. (1982), the Buddy Action Movie
became arguably the most popular genre in the 1980s and it seemed, for a short
time, that studios were handing them out to any dramatic actor-comedian combo
that wanted one. This resulted in th...
Thanks to the success of 48 Hrs. (1982), the Buddy Action Movie became arguably the most popular genre in the 1980s and it seemed, for a short time, that studios were handing them out to any dramatic actor-comedian combo that wanted one. This resulted in the best of times (Beverly Hills Cop) and ...
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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Canadian author Mordecai Richler let his best friend and roommate Ted Kotcheff read the manuscript of
his fourth novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in 1958. At the time, they were sharing a flat in London,
England and the latter proclaimed it to be ...
Canadian author Mordecai Richler let his best friend and roommate Ted Kotcheff read the manuscript of his fourth novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in 1958. At the time, they were sharing a flat in London, England and the latter proclaimed it to be “the best Canadian novel ever written.
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Giant
“It is a saga of America…Though the film chronicles
the rise of a great Texas cattle and oil dynasty and its relationship to the
rest of the community, it could be the story of any section of the United
States, confronted with parallel problems. It is Ameri...
“It is a saga of America…Though the film chronicles the rise of a great Texas cattle and oil dynasty and its relationship to the rest of the community, it could be the story of any section of the United States, confronted with parallel problems. It is Americana.” – George Stevens.
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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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"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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