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    Kiss Me Deadly

    Talk about the tension between a director and his material—which was one of the critical cornerstones of the French New Wave’s reassessment of American movies—-and they were the first to point out this frisson in the work of iconoclastic director-producer Robert Aldrich; perhaps most noticeably in his aggressive independent film, the dark and dangerous 1955 thriller, KISS ME DEADLY (available on DVD). Aldrich hated detective-fiction writer Mickey Spillane’s novels so much that he took one of the author’s most popular and typical Mike Hammer private-eye stories and transformed it into not only the best picture ever made from Spillane (which is...

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    How Do You Like That? Terrence Malick Gave Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Notes On 'Good Will Hunting'

    Plus Barry Pepper Talks The Untitled Malick DramaThe renaissance of Ben Affleck continues apace. After some impressive supporting roles in the likes of "Hollywoodland" and "Extract" and a burgeoning directorial career, the actor -- whose career was not so long ago in severe trouble -- booked a role...

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    TV Review, Downton Abbey: Such Elegant Social Upheaval

    In 1912, the aristocrats and servants at Downton Abbey live in a world where bad news comes by telegram – like the one informing Lord Grantham that his cousin and heir has been lost with the Titanic. By the end of this sumptuous, endlessly entertaining miniseries, it is 1914, a new-fangled telephone...

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    Academy Narrows Visual Effects Race To Seven

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 83rd Academy Awards. Oddly, the race will be narrowed down to five for the actual nominations (a new rule, as it's normally just three), leaving just two film...

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  • Spout
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    Entering Cinephilia Through the Cerebral Gate

    In one of the entries in Slate's 'The Movie Club,' a year-end exchange of films between writers Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, Stephanie Zacharek, Matt Zoller Seitz and former Spout editor Karina Longworth, Seitz argues that "emotion is the gateway drug to all cinephilia." And once again, due to my heartle...

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    Kevin Macdonald's Crowdsourced YouTube Doc 'Life In A Day' To Stream For Free On Jan. 27

    With his big budget medieval pic "The Eagle" set to debut next month, it's easy to forget that director Kevin Macdonald got his start in documentary film, with the excellent "Kindertransport," "One Day In September" and "Touching the Void" under his belt. Earlier this summer it was revealed he was teaming with Ridley Scott's Scott Free production company on a rather ambitious project, "Life In A Day." The idea was simple if somewhat of a logistical challenge: On July 24th YouTube users uploaded footage from around with the idea of telling future generations of what life was like on the planet on that single day. Against All Odds Productions j...

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    Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant Re-Writing 'The Wee McGinty'; Garant To Direct, Lennon To Star

    "'The Bourne Identity' but with a leprechaun." So goes the logline for "The Wee McGinty," a script from Mark Gibson and Phil Halprin. Summit Entertainment saw enough in the script to make the purchase, but apparently they've decided it just doesn't suck enough to get made, and so Thomas Lennon and R...

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    Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix

    In their excellent year-ahead discussion on KCRW's The Business, host Kim Masters and guests John Horn (the LAT) and Michael Schneider (Variety) agreed that 2011 marks a watershed year in the transition from traditional to digital viewing choices. They think the shift will come faster for movies tha...

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    Robert Pattinson Takes Over For Colin Farrell In David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

    We have to admit, our first words upon hearing this were: "What the shit?" Haters gonna hate, but like it or not, Robert Pattinson is in a position to get things green lit, as he is taking over for Colin Farrell in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

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    My Favorite Films Of 2010: Drew Taylor

    2010 was a year which initially seemed quite bleak and like all things over-emphasized for dramatic effect, picked up drastically before everything was said and done. Thematically, the most arresting films investigated the line between imagination and reality, from Leonardo DiCaprio battling his very literal demons in a pair of dreamworld thrillers ("Inception," which charted here, and Martin Scorsese's gorgeous trifle "Shutter Island," which did not) to Natalie Portman's Grand Guignol psychological breakdown in "Black Swan," to Woody's self-delusion in "Toy Story 3" and Scott Pilgrim's videogame-enhanced brawling in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the Wo...

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