Cinematic Soulmates: Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars

Remakes (or reimaginings, reboots, etc) seem to be all the rage in Hollywood these days, but this phenomenon has been occurring within the realm of cinema for a long time.  Most of the time, remakes are pointless and don’t bring anything new or interesting to the table, thus alienating fans of the original work while simultaneously failing to bring new […]

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Dr. Geek: Google to Play Hollywood’s Game

Once upon a time, when Web 2.0 was new, there was an online platform that people could use to share videos they made of their cats playing piano, their children reacting to dentists’ drugs, and their renditions of the history of dance.  And that platform was good, as it gave anyone the chance to have their 15 seconds of fame […]

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Great Moments in Cinema: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

In cinema, as in all art, sublime beauty can sometimes be found hidden within the most unlikely of places.  Such is the case with Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).  Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the film is ostensibly little more than a pulpy, fun, and imaginative superhero film, but it nevertheless contains one of the most heartbreaking and breathtakingly […]

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Cinematic Soulmates – The Long Goodbye and The Big Lebowski

Film noir is one of the oldest genres in cinema, and one that sort of epitomizes the films of the 1930s and 1940s.  Indeed, even modern film noirs are often period pieces, since the genre is so closely linked to those two decades, in which many of the genre’s classics first emerged.  As such, the genre often feels quaint, embodying […]

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Does It Hold Up: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Quite often, movies, books, music, television shows, and other pieces of pop culture serve as a reflection of the time when they were made. Sometimes they are very much rooted in that time, and no longer feel relevant in the decades that follow. Occasionally, though, they maintain every ounce of the power they were infused with when they were first […]

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Great Moments in Cinema – An American Werewolf in London

Vampires and zombies may be all the rage these days, but for my money, it’s the werewolf that occupies the top spot in the monster pantheon (okay, maybe second place, right behind Godzilla…but that’s another editorial altogether).  Unfortunately, the number of good werewolf movies can be counted on one hand, and even then you wouldn’t have to use all of […]

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