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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: An Open Letter to Brian De Palma's Transphobic <i>Dressed to Kill</i>

New on Video: An Open Letter to Brian De Palma's Transphobic Dressed to Kill

Okay, Dressed to Kill. Let's talk. On a purely cinematic level, you're pretty brilliant, particularly in the context of director Brian De Palma's career up to that point. It's the second to last film in a string of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Hardcore Hemingway (and Ronald Reagan!) in <i>The Killers</i>

New on Video: Hardcore Hemingway (and Ronald Reagan!) in The Killers

Why can't Hollywood come up with any original ideas, amirite? Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Killers" is a slip of a tale, a mere 10 pages depending on where it's printed (that's what it clocked in at in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tough Guys and Long Legs

Tough Guys and Long Legs

Throughout its first decade, Noir City mixed well-worn classics and long-forgotten obscurities with a bracing chaser of guest appearances by appreciative elder icons. Nothing succeeds like success — a distinctly un-noir sentiment, but festival maestro Eddie Muller is way too…
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Calendar, Night&Day Inside the Frame

Inside the Frame

The movies typically show museums as oases of civilization providing escape from the cacophony and chaos of the outside world. In his one-of-a-kind tour de force, Russian Ark (2002), director Alexander Sokurov brings the world — that is, three centuries…
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Second Time Around

Point Blank With a rugged but never hulking torso, a shock of white hair, and a slablike face marked by a mashed nose and piercing eyes, Lee Marvin was a startling, wired big-screen presence. He tears through John Boorman's audacious…
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