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  1. Money, Madness, and Munchausen  • 
    The 20th anniversary edition of "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" delivers everything you expect in a Terry Gilliam film: visual surrealism, distrust of authority, antipathy to soulless reason, and a skewed sense of humor, plus an inside look at the Hollywood squabbling behind the movie.
  2. No Country for the Coen Brothers  • 
    An ordinary guy finds a suitcase full of thousand dollar bills. There’s no one around. Instead of going to the cops, the guy figures it’s his lucky day and takes the money. Which works just dandy until the big bad motherfuckers who own the suitcase decide to come looking for it. You’ve seen that film […]
  3. “Full Metal Jacket”: The Jungian Thing  • 
    Nobody seems to be paying attention to the fact that 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." Which is a shame, because "Full Metal Jacket" is one of the most meticulously crafted films of the past 20 years. I think it's damn near perfect.
  4. The Bourne Paranoia  • 
    Here are a few things that every American knows. The world is a vile and dangerous place. America is blindly and irrationally hated by just about everybody outside of our borders. If we left our security up to the peaceniks, bureaucrats, and Boy Scouts we elect to national office, the United States would be a […]
  5. The End of Hollywood  • 
    In fact, in case you've missed this decade altogether, it's no secret that the entire Hollywood movie industry is dying. Why? Here are my reasons, and some of my prescriptions for Hollywood finding new relevance.
  6. Barry Levinson’s Diner  • 
    Five guys hang around in a diner in Baltimore in 1959. One of them’s about to get married. All of them are restless, unsure which paths they’re going to take through life. They relive old times, smoke too much, and get into mischief as the new year approaches. Doesn’t sound like much of a premise, […]
  7. A Change of Hobbit  • 
    Last week, fan site TheOneRing.net posted a letter from film director Peter Jackson stating that he’d been dumped by New Line Cinema. The studio, he claimed, was now seeking another director to film the cinematic adaptation of The Hobbit and an “unnamed prequel” to The Lord of the Rings. To say the LOTR fan community […]
  8. Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige”  • 
    If Christopher Nolan continues to mine the vein of tortured protagonists with such rich results as he does in "The Prestige," he just might become our foremost cinematic chronicler of obsession. But then again... wasn't everyone saying something very similar about M. Night Shyamalan?
  9. Random Things Not Worth a Full Blog Post  • 
    Where have I been the past few weeks and why haven’t I been blogging? Take your pick: Freeboating at a fancy-schmancy LexisNexis conference in Boston with my wife Diligently avoiding sharp objects in an attempt to avoid despair at the still-unfinished state of MultiReal, the sequel to Infoquake Falling increasingly behind on a number of […]
  10. “Alien”: In Space, No One Can Hear You Screw Your Employees  • 
    Riley Scott's "Alien," while a great space/horror movie, is really a film about the exploitation of blue-collar workers.

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