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Film, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist": Which came First, the Terrorist or the Profiling?

"The Reluctant Fundamentalist": Which came First, the Terrorist or the Profiling?

Films that have dealt with the events of 9/11 tend to focus on the bravery of the people who were there, while a far less popular topic is the wave of xenophobia that swept through the nation, the profiling and…
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Film, Thou Shalt Not Be Too Funny

Thou Shalt Not Be Too Funny

It's impossible to write about David Wain's The Ten without first making passing reference to Krzysztof Kieslowski's Dekalog and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. The former, originally made for Polish TV 20 years ago and first shown in the…
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Film, Deep-Sixed

Deep-Sixed

There was a time when people moaned whenever Hollywood would remake — and thus suck the life out of — a classic movie. These days, Hollywood just sucks the life out of movies that weren't that great in the first…
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Film, Something Missing

Something Missing

In 2001, Jonathan Safran Foer made an astounding literary debut. "A Very Rigid Search," published by the New Yorker, was his hilarious, heartbreaking account of an attempt by a young American man (named, cheekily, Jonathan Safran Foer) to find a…
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