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You’re With Me, Leather

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When a man in a Germanic military cap asks a crowd, “Will you stand with me?” that is traditionally an excellent moment to leave that crowd. But this man is addressing Chicago’s International    More
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 AARON MESH

He Says It Sang To Him

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When Gregg Mottola and J.J. Abrams made their respective Spielberg pilgrimages this year with Paul and Super 8 in hand, they bypassed the most indelible quality of the master’s touchstone, Close Enc   More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 AARON MESH

Seattle’s Best

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What John Callahan was to Portland, poet Steven J. Bernstein was to Seattle—a troubled, idiosyncratic icon of the seedier side of the street. Now Bernstein also has his own movie   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 AARON MESH

Eight-Legged Freaks

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For some people, terror is the idea of being buried alive or burnt to a crisp. For me, it’s taking a hot shower and feeling a little tickle on my face. And that tickle turning out to be a big ol   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

Don’t Fuck With My Play

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Yes, as a matter of fact it is true that I wrote my undergraduate thesis on Rushmore, and it is entirely possible that I got an extension on it. And yes, there probably was some irony in writing a q   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 AARON MESH

That Was Me

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If you’re part of that generation of moviegoers who believe Jeff Bridges was born a grizzled coot, hightail it to Thunderbolt and Lightfoot to see the earliest incarnation of Jeff: a happy-go-lucky   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 AARON MESH

The Snozberries Taste Like Death

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Forget Sweeney Todd—the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is the most disturbing film musical ever made. Those dead-eyed Oompa Loompas? Gene Wilder playing Wonka as a psychotic dand   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

The Sausage King Of Chicago

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In a recent article for The Atlantic, writer Alan Siegel told America it needs to “get over” Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. His argument is the film, which turns a quarter-century old this year, is   More
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Goodbye, Newman

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Whatever the mystery menace turns out to be in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, I hope the director took some lessons from producer Steven Spielberg on how to maximize the big reveal. Of all his abilities as   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Have Poncho, Will Murder

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It’s been a big year for spaghetti Westerns—or at least, tributes to them. Gore Verbinski paid homage in his bizarre kiddie flick Rango, Community spoofed them in its season finale, and Danger    More
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER
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