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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