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    The Definitive Movies of 1995

    20. Dead Man Walking Directed by: Tim Robbins Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and […] More

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    The Definitive Movies of 1995

    The 1990’s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the NC-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the […] More

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    American Horror Story, Ep. 4.02: “Massacres and Matinees” proves the fun of camp

    Despite the somewhat stately pace of the season premiere “Monsters Among Us,” the sheer inanity of the action happening onscreen created an off-the-wall vibe. Whether it was the special talents afforded by Jimmy’s syndactyly, Ethel’s beard and bizarre accent, or Elsa singing a song that wasn’t released until 20 years after the show’s setting, Murphy and Falchuk made it clear that, in true “freak show” fashion, spectacle would be given precedent over logic. In this week’s episode, “Massacres and Matinees,” the bonkers factor is raised a notch, as is the fun. More

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    American Horror Story, Ep.3.04: “Fearful Pranks Ensue” doesn’t quite deliver the Halloween goods

    If there’s one week in which a series entitled American Horror Story simply has to deliver the goods, it’s the one containing All Hallow’s Eve. In that respect, “Fearful Pranks Ensue” falls a little short, particularly if one expected it to step up the freakiness and/or gore quotient. Actually, as it turns out, it belongs to a entirely different sort of tradition: the time-honored transitional episode. Only in its closing moments does it threaten to take its genre elements to the next level of nutty. More

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    ‘Olympus has fallen’, the newest action feature from director Antoine Fuqua, gets its first trailer

    Director Antoine Fuqua has made a career out of making compelling action dramas, his most prominent movie to date, 2001’s Training Day, garnering a slew of Oscar nominations and a win for leading man Denzel Washington. With his last feature coming in 2009, many were curious as to what Fuqua would tackle next, a question […] More

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    Sound On Sight Radio #151 – Kathryn Bigelow

    Hailed as one of the preeminent stylists of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, Kathryn Bigelow was often too easily pigeonholed as a female director with a flair for traditionally masculine movies. After making an unusual entrance to cinema by way of the art world, Bigelow put her distinctive stamp on standard genre films like the Western-twinged vampire […] More