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Scott Pilgrim vs. the Status Quo

Hmmmm. How to describe Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? The usual genre descriptions don’t seem to do this one justice. I guess you could call it “boy meets girl” or maybe yet another semi-homoerotic Michael Cera “coming of age teen comedy,” but that barely scratches the surface of this utterly unique, high concept, video gamer’s delight, romantic teen comedy … Continue reading


Why James Dean Matters

He only starred in three films. Three. East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and Giant (1956). So how did James Dean become such a transformative legend? An icon for the ages? An actor readily lumped in with the standard-bearers, Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift? From three performances! One outstanding film, one influential but … Continue reading

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Toy Story 3 Has a Friend In Me

‘Woody’ and ‘Buzz’ are back and they’re exactly as we left them. John Lasseter and Pixar Animation Studios brought us the original Toy Story in 1995. It seems like only yesterday that we met Tom Hanks’ ‘Woody’ and Tim Allen’s ‘Buzz Lightyear.’ Although, to be honest, those were simpler times. The internet was not omnipresent, cellphones were not yet … Continue reading

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Tarantino’s Romance Better than his Pulp

I’m in the extreme minority here by declaring that I prefer Jackie Brown to Pulp Fiction. For all of Tarantino’s amazingly unique dialogue, riddled with amusing and surprising pop culture references, lines that double back on each other, alternately setting unnerving tension amidst whimsical banter, I find that Tarantino the hopeless romantic is Tarantino at … Continue reading