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    Arresting Development: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies

    Throughout the vast history of cinema the profession of law enforcement has been portrayed heavily and made its mark on the big screen in both dramatic and comical fodder. Whether it be straight up cops and robbers or crooked officers on the take in gangster flicks or ant-hero gun-slinging loners trying to buck the system […] More

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    ‘The Counselor’ a Cormac McCarthy tale of venality and death through and through, save one bit of miscasting

    In his later years, the novelist Cormac McCarthy has circled like a vulture around the theme of death, specifically its inevitable grip on humanity. No Country for Old Men and The Road presented very different worlds, both filled with men trying desperately to withstand the inexorable hand of the reaper, and eventually realizing that there wasn’t much left but to give into what comes for us all. Such an existential fear is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the foundation of McCarthy’s newest foray, his screenplay for the crime thriller The Counselor. Its director is the prolific Ridley Scott, and its cast is impressively stacked, but this is a McCarthy story through and through, which is mostly heartening news. More

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    Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 2000s

    Villains are an essential part of genre cinema.  Though scores of filmmakers have attempted to create truly great villains throughout the history of film, only a few have succeeded in achieving this difficult goal. This article will take a look at the great film villains of the 2000’s. The criteria for this article is the […] 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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    This is a Mean Old World: Westerns in Contemporary Settings

    In the traditional western, the hero saves the town, kills the villain, and all is right. But more often than not the genre depicts America’s ugliness – it’s injustices and cruelty. America, despite it’s great qualities and liberties, was built on violence and injustice. Many filmmakers have opted to show this historical accuracy instead of […] More

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    More Images from the ‘Quentin vs. Coen’ Art Show

    We recently posted an article (along with some images) about the upcoming Quentin vs. Coen – art show by Spoke Art. The show is you guessed it, a tribute to the films of Tarantino and the Brothers”, a followup to last year’s highly successful Bad Dads – a tribute to Wes Anderson. Ken Harman (founder […] More

  • The Best Films of the Decade: 2000 – 2009 Part 11 (Revised)

    10- Donnie Darko (2001) Directed by Richard Kelly Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror / Mystery Although Donnie Darko was removed from the big screen after a few weeks, it never disappeared. Thrown away by its distributor it ended up finding its audience on home video and at midnight screenings. Recurrent chats on the Internet indicated a […] More

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    The 100 Best Films of the Decade: 2000 – 2009 (Part 10)

    10- Donnie Darko (2001) Directed by Richard Kelly Although Donnie Darko was removed from the big screen after a few weeks, it never disappeared. Thrown away by its distributor it ended up finding its audience on home video and at midnight screenings. Recurrent chats on the Internet indicated a rapidly growing fan base for the […] More