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Tony Dayoub

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    Rehabbing Tonto: THE LONE RANGER as Picaresque Tale

    In steering "The Lone Ranger" away from the point of view of its hero, John Reid (Armie Hammer), to the first-person narrative of his Indian sidekick Tonto (Johnny Depp), the tired pulp story becomes a postmodern picaresque.

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    THE GAME (1997): Fincher Flips MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE on Its Head

    Long unavailable (domestically) in a proper home edition, David Fincher's unsung puzzle thriller "The Game" finally gets its due this week thanks to Criterion's shiny new Blu-ray upgrade of their own 1998 laserdisc release.

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    The Assassination of Sterling Hayden by the Auteur Francis Coppola

    This morning, I was pondering the mini-movie-marathon TCM will be dedicating to one of my favorite actors, Sterling Hayden, on his birthday, March 26th. The tall, Nordic-looking blond was often relegated to heading up B-Westerns and crime stories in the 40s and 50s,  like Arrow in the Dust...

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    TONY DAYOUB: The many faces of George Smiley

    Though Gary Oldman came up empty at the BAFTAs this past weekend, he still stands a chance of being recognized at this year's Academy Awards for his career-best turn as graying spymaster George Smiley in Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This is Oldman's first nomination, an...

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    TONY DAYOUB: TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY is a worthy remake filled with lonely characters

    The tall, athletic man introduced earlier in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as British Intelligence officer Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) walks into a classroom and begins to write his name on the chalkboard. Only he does not write the name we’ve come to know him by. The typically garrulous young males atte...

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    The Chicago Way: Crime Story back on DVD for its 25th Anniversary

    On September 18, 1986, director Michael Mann (Heat) made good on his promising career in TV and film with the debut of his new period cops-and-robbers saga, Crime Story. Not only did Crime Story’s feature-quality production design live up to that of its TV antecedent, Mann’s stylish Miami Vice; Crim...

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