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    METAMERICANA: Why James Franco's MAKING A SCENE Is Worth Your Patience

    James Franco's newest project, the AOL On Originals television series "Making a Scene," deserves credit for using dated but immediately recognizable source material to create cinematic moments entirely of our time.

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    Can We Be FRANK? What Semi-Fictional Band "The Soronprfbs" Means for Music

    In play throughout "Frank" is a question almost always answered in the affirmative in music biopics, and in the negative in mockumentaries: "Is the music any good?" "Frank" not only straddles the biopic and mockumentary genres, but also answers this question only ambiguously: "Maybe." (And adds, imp...

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    METAMERICANA: RICK & MORTY: The Ballad of Abradolf Lincler

    Apart from its resemblance to the "Back to the Future" franchise, "Rick & Morty" seems deliberately calibrated to defy analogy. Is it "Futurama" meets Harmon's earlier hit, "Community"? "Men in Black" meets "Picket Fences"? "The X-Files" meets "Brazil"?

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    Outlaw Country Goes Psychedelic: An Interview with Sturgill Simpson on His Music Videos

    "I believe framing reality is one of the only ways we can ever be sure it actually exists."

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    METAMERICANA: Is James Franco a Creep? Thank God We'll Never Know

    The main reason not to care whether James Franco is or is not a creep is that it's far more interesting not to know than to know.

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    What's Behind the Puzzling Bum Rap TRUE DETECTIVE Has Gotten?

    There's something about the recently concluded first season of the HBO program "True Detective" that's driven certain normally cogent television critics batty. Usually one can follow naysayers' objections to a program's narrative arc or episode-to-episode execution, but in the case of "True Detectiv...

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    METAMERICANA: SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH Is a Fantasy RPG That’s All Too Real

    Playing "South Park: The Stick of Truth" is the equivalent of being a role-playing kid who’s role-playing a role-playing game. But as with so much meta-art, these several levels of remove from the “real” thing feel as or more real than the “originals.”

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    METAMERICANA: Paolo Sorrentino's THE GREAT BEAUTY Is Exactly That

    "The Great Beauty" is not only one of the most visually arresting films in years, but also one of its most eclectic: each scene develops a distinct internal atmosphere through the auteur's selection of color palette, stage direction, and (most notably) musical score.

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    A NEW PRESS PLAY COLUMN: Seth Abramson's "Metamericana"

    Greed, Martin Scorsese suggests in his new film "The Wolf of Wall Street," is now executed in U.S. financial markets on such a colossal and audacious scale that it no longer has the capacity to scandalize us.

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    Shia LaBeouf: Plagiarist or Genius?

    By now, most movie buffs have stumbled across the imbroglio involving Hollywood megastar Shia LaBeouf, whose short film "HowardCantour.com" was allegedly rife with plagiarism of cartoonist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes. Meanwhile, LaBeouf has flooded his Twitter account with apologies—all apparentl...

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