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A Book Trailer That’s Also A Video

Chapter 5 of The Curse of Frankenstein: A Dissection spins off into its own video essay, just in time for Halloween. There’s something here for horror film fans as well as lovers of fine art — keeping in mind that … Continue reading

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The Monster In The Painting

There’s a moment in Terence Fisher’s The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) that seizes the eye. The film holds many small wonders of composition, but this one hides just beyond the shoulder of the actor holding the frame, and it suggests … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Christopher Drake

xx Somebody’s gotta keep these projects classy. DC Universe, the animated arm of the DC Comics empire, has carved out a niche by mining and exploiting classic comics storylines for direct-to-video product. How they manage that material is up for … Continue reading

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The Only Way The End Of SKYFALL Makes Any Sense (spoilers)

Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) represents a new element in the rebooted universe where Daniel Craig holds the James Bond role. Previously, this Bond has answered truculently to the stentorian MI6 director addressed only by the letter M (Dame Judi Dench). … Continue reading

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Loving The Vampire: Tony Scott And The Arc Toward ‘Twilight’

Pendulum swings in culture are slow and ponderous; they only seem to come all at once because you’re not paying attention. Tony Scott, the famed filmmaker who took his own life this week, represents a point on the arc which … Continue reading

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Batman: The Character Of A City

Anton Furst chose to die by architecture. It’s darkly fitting, because the production designer of Tim Burton’s Batman films had hinted to us that architecture could kill — specifically, that a city could be a mad thing, hostile to the … Continue reading

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Things I Liked And Disliked About THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Spoilers. LIKED: Andrew Garfield Blinky, twitchy, mumbly, maybe a dash too much of each, sure — but his Peter Parker is a smart, bruised kid who’s jittery with the fear that he’ll lose even more than he already has.

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