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Major Bonding

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These days, James Bond has to have motivation for his violent actions and casual seductions. But nearly a half-century ago, a tux-clad Sean Connery just shot at baddies and face-sucked sexy foreign la ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

I Do Deny Them My Essence

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Peter Sellers may hog all the glory for playing three roles in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, but it’s Sterling Hayden’s Gen. Jack D. Ripper who kee ...   More
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 AARON MESH

Dear Florence

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Initial reviews of Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg (including mine) mostly ignored the fact that the movie opens not with Ben Stiller’s titular master of resentment, but with a 10-minute observa ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 AARON MESH

Fowley Beast

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“Jail-fucking-bait! Jack-fucking-pot!” Kim Fowley’s glee over discovering Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) isn’t justified by The Runaways—the movie is far too tame for som ...   More
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 AARON MESH

Run, Limey, Run

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When the voters in a British Film Institute survey named The 39 Steps the fourth-greatest British film of all time, they surely considered its stylistic importance (it cemented Alfred Hitchcock’ ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE


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For Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese has finally found an actor who commands the screen with as magnetic a presence as his ’70s leads. The problem is that it’s not Leonardo DiCaprio, the m ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 AARON MESH

Mexican Revolution No. 9

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“Maybe there’s only one revolution, since the beginning: the good guys against the bad guys,” philosophizes Burt Lancaster from his butte surveillance in The Professionals. “T ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 AARON MESH

Sam’s Last Stand

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Even the most casual viewer of The Wild Bunch or Straw Dogs has wondered: What exactly had Sam Peckinpah so angry? Mostly it was Major Dundee. The 1965 movie opens with a house imploding in flames; P ...   More
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 AARON MESH

Silly Love Songs

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Now that we live in the era of the karaoke musical—epitomized by Mamma Mia! and Glee, song-and-dance shows where we know all the lyrics before sitting down—it’s time to revisit Acros ...   More
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 AARON MESH

No Country For Good Men

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“Ain’t you gonna scream?” a young Charles Bronson asks as he sexually assaults Sarita Montiel. “I like it better when they scream.” None of the surrounding mercenaries ma ...   More
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 AARON MESH
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