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J.D. Lafrance
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Attended University of Western Ontario
Lives in Canada
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"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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Strange Days
Mainstream popular culture’s
flirtation with the Cyberpunk genre reached its cinematic zenith in 1995 with Johnny Mnemonic , Judge Dredd , Virtuosity , Hackers , and Strange Days . They all underperformed at the box office for various
reasons and with varyi...
Mainstream popular culture's flirtation with the Cyberpunk genre reached its cinematic zenith in 1995 with Johnny Mnemonic, Judge Dredd, Virtuosity, Hackers, and Strange Days. They all underperformed at the box office for various reasons and with varying degrees of success managed to convey the ...
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True Believer
The
1980s was a great decade for fans of James Woods as it featured some of his
most memorable performances in a diverse collection of films like Videodrome (1983), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Salvador (1986), Best Seller (1987), and Cop (1988). The...
The 1980s was a great decade for fans of James Woods as it featured some of his most memorable performances in a diverse collection of films like Videodrome (1983), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Salvador (1986), Best Seller (1987), and Cop (1988). The actor rounded out the decade with a ...
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48 Hrs.
Director Walter Hill had a
terrific run of films in the late 1970s and into the early 1980s with the likes
of The Driver (1978), The Warriors (1979) and Southern Comfort (1981). He acquired a
reputation for making visceral, no-nonsense action movies populat...
Director Walter Hill had a terrific run of films in the late 1970s and into the early 1980s with the likes of The Driver (1978), The Warriors (1979) and Southern Comfort (1981). He acquired a reputation for making visceral, no-nonsense action movies populated by tough-talking cops and criminals.
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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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Inherent Vice
There are unfilmable novels
and then there is Thomas Pynchon, the premiere post-modern novelist responsible
for legendary tomes like Gravity’s
Rainbow and Mason & Dixon . He
is known for producing dense, complex novels that explore themes such as
racism, ph...
There are unfilmable novels and then there is Thomas Pynchon, the premiere post-modern novelist responsible for legendary tomes like Gravity's Rainbow and Mason & Dixon. He is known for producing dense, complex novels that explore themes such as racism, philosophy, science and technology while ...
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Prolific crime novelist James Ellroy has only
had three of his books adapted into films ( Blood
on the Moon , L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia ) while other
novels continue to languish in development hell. On the surface, this is
baffling as they are ...
Prolific crime novelist James Ellroy has only had three of his books adapted into films (Blood on the Moon, L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia) while other novels continue to languish in development hell. On the surface, this is baffling as they are chock full of memorable characters, ...
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Brothers
So far, most films about the current war in the Middle East
have not fared well at the box office with efforts like Home of the Brave (2006), In
The Valley of Elah (2007) and Stop-Loss (2008) getting limited distribution or underperforming at the box office...
So far, most films about the current war in the Middle East have not fared well at the box office with efforts like Home of the Brave (2006), In The Valley of Elah (2007) and Stop-Loss (2008) getting limited distribution or underperforming at the box office, often garnering little interest with ...
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Film Critic Hall of Fame: J. Hoberman
Midnight Movies by J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum was the first book of film criticism that I
read. They took a look at the rise of cult movies thanks to midnight screenings
all over the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. My parents bought it for me
...
Midnight Movies by J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum was the first book of film criticism that I read. They took a look at the rise of cult movies thanks to midnight screenings all over the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. My parents bought it for me at a bookstore in Toronto because of my ...
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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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