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Calendar, Night&Day Kirk Here

Kirk Here

For children of a certain generation, the Starship Enterprise’s earnest Capt. James T. Kirk was a cardboard cousin of Dudley Do-Right. The latter, a dim-bulb Canadian Mountie created for The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, was a cartoon character, you see,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Oh, Heathcliff!

Oh, Heathcliff!

Some people can’t get enough of old movies. We salute those people! For one thing, old films were shot to be viewed on a big screen, full of screen-edge detail and lush, meaningful textures. Interestingly enough, like the very newest…
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Film, Kenneth Branagh's <i>Sleuth</i> Remake Relies on Caine's Black Comedy

Kenneth Branagh's Sleuth Remake Relies on Caine's Black Comedy

Before he snagged the lead in Joseph L. Mankiewicz' 1972 screen version of Anthony Shaffer's 1970 stage play Sleuth, Laurence Olivier had, with his customary diplomatic finesse, dismissed the source material as "a piece of piss." Two movie adaptations later,…
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Music, Black Hole Son

Black Hole Son

Not since Sir Laurence Olivier slummed his way through Clash of the Titans has such pure talent been so egregiously wasted. We're talking about you, Chris Cornell — smoldering-eyed rock god, owner of the most distinctive and potent alterna-howl of…
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Film, Days of Future Passed

Days of Future Passed

Fortune smiles on groovy egregiousness. In the case of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, the filmmaker's investment in his weird visions is wildly unorthodox, but the payoff is oddly satisfying. The movie features myriad killer robots, raucous underwater…
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