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Film, Burning Japanese

Burning Japanese

It begins with the roar. That unmistakable sound, like an untuned violin bow being scraped against a rusty saw blade. Anyone with any exposure at all to global pop culture knows it; even Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin reused it…
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Film, Saving Private Mad Max

Saving Private Mad Max

Despite what many believe, it doesn't come down to explosions, star power, or millions of greenbacks thrown at the producers. The true indicator of success for a summer movie is The Moment, that one memorable scene that sticks in your…
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The Monster Mash The American remake of the beloved Japanese monster movie has the faux sophistication to tell us that the creature should be called "Gojira." The new film should be called Gojillions -- it's as sure-fire and pro forma…
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My first act of pop-culture protest came at age 4. When my parents took me on a Ferris wheel ride that stopped at two twirls, I yelled out, "What a gyp!" Shamed, the operator gave us another two go-arounds, which…
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