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    Remembering Elmore Leonard: ‘Stick’ is fine pop entertainment

    Stick Written by Elmore Leonard and Joseph Stinson Directed by Burt Reynolds USA, 1985 Part of the reason that Elmore Leonard’s novels got turned into movies so often is that it was so easy to write the screenplays. Entire scenes full of Leonard’s trademark crackling dialogue would go, verbatim, into films like Get Shorty and Out of Sight. […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘Life of Crime’ a fine addition to canon of Elmore Leonard adaptations

    With the timing of a well-orchestrated heist, the latest screen adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel closes this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Given his recent passing and the well-deserved plaudits from various luminaries of pen and screen, his rap sheet has been celebrated over the past few weeks. Based on Leonard’s novel The Switch, writer and director Daniel Schechter has managed to embezzle a fine addition to the long list of lean Leonard works. Although it doesn’t quite hit the jackpot, it does manage to purloin some fine criminal characters and a gutsy group of belly laughs to boot. More

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    Elmore Leonard Month: Out of Sight is sleek, sexy fun

    For a period of years after the release of Pulp Fiction, mainstream Hollywood developed an obsession with structure, toying with time and pacing in ways that were often interesting and occasionally grating. The late 1990s also saw the release of a variety of pretty excellent Elmore Leonard adaptations, including Barry Sonnenfeld’s Get Shorty and Quentin […] More

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    Greatest TV Pilots: Justified’s “Fire in the Hole” explores the man within the iconography

    From its opening pan down to its final moment, the pilot of Justified, “Fire in the Hole”, is focused on one thing- introducing audiences to its lead, US Marshal Raylan Givens, played by the wonderfully iconic Timothy Olyphant. He enters in grand fashion, shot from behind in a suit and white hat, striding forward determinedly to parley with a baddie and run him out of town. It’s a scene lifted directly from any number of Westerns, with slight tweaks that let the audience know Raylan isn’t in his proper place. The bright sun, latin music, and white surroundings of the Miami poolside table where we first meet Raylan are visually striking, and upon first viewing he looks at ease in this setting. More

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    ‘Pain & Gain’ a first for director Michael Bay: mostly gain, little pain

    If cinema has anything to say about it, the modern American dream is best typified by a grandiose level of entitlement in those who covet it most of all. Just a month ago, we saw Spring Breakers, a nightmarish, neon piece of grotesquerie, compelling experimental art about nubile young women trying to attain their hedonistic Western utopia by stealing from and killing people who dared get in their way, consequences be damned. More

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    ‘Jackie Brown’: The joy of great character development

    There is a lot to be said about writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s success as a filmmaker. His films have all been met with some degree of critical appreciation and have all made some decent money at the box office. What’s more, and this might be his true legacy, his projects have sparked the imaginations of fellow […] More

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    The Televerse #33- Justified Season 3 with Alyssa Rosenberg

    It’s an eventful week of TV this episode; we have the season finale of Justified, the series finale of Eastbound & Down, the season two premiere of Eagleheart, and three pilots: Don’t Trust the B—-in Apt. 23, NYC 22, and the highly acclaimed and anticipated Girls. After looking through the week, Simon and Kate spend some time spotlighting […] More

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    The Televerse #33- Justified Season 3 with Alyssa Rosenberg

    It’s an eventful week of TV this episode; we have the season finale of Justified, the series finale of Eastbound & Down, the season two premiere of Eagleheart, and three pilots: Don’t Trust the B—-in Apt. 23, NYC 22, and the highly acclaimed and anticipated Girls. After looking through the week, Simon and Kate spend some time spotlighting […] More