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Holy Hell! Léon: The Professional Turns 20

Holy Hell! Léon: The Professional Turns 20

Pat Padua October 1, 2014 0

I first saw Luc Besson’s English-language debut in its American release as The Professional. It was playing at a second-run theater not long after my mother died, during a time when any movie I

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What to Watch: Week of September 29th

What to Watch: Week of September 29th

Spectrum Culture Staff September 28, 2014 0

Monday: Unwed Mother What: Posters cried out, “20,000 anguished girls wrote its blistering story!” But you’ve probably never heard of it. Country girl Norma (Betty Miller) moves to the big city and gets in

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Oeuvre: Welles: Touch of Evil

Oeuvre: Welles: Touch of Evil

Pat Padua September 25, 2014 0

“Mike, do you realize, this is the very first time we’ve been together in my country?” “Do you realize I haven’t kissed you in over an hour?” This seemingly trivial exchange cues an explosion

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From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Suburban Commando

From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Suburban Commando

Jake Cole September 23, 2014 0

We measure historical eras by technology—bronze, nuclear, digital—but if I had to define the epoch in which I grew up, it would be the Hollywood Hogan Era. I wasn’t really a wrestling fan as

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What to Watch: Week of September 22nd

What to Watch: Week of September 22nd

Spectrum Culture Staff September 21, 2014 0

Monday: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying What: Former Walt Disney animator David Swift wrote and directed this 1967 screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, starring Robert Morse as J. Pierpont

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Oeuvre: Welles: Mr. Arkadin

Oeuvre: Welles: Mr. Arkadin

Jesse Cataldo September 18, 2014 0

A serial dissembler and renowned bullshit artist, Orson Welles remains an expansively ambiguous figure, his gift for self promotion tending to shift focus depending on whichever fiction – cinematic or otherwise – he was

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Holy Hell! Stargate Turns 20

Holy Hell! Stargate Turns 20

Katherine Springer September 17, 2014 0

Few ideas are original, especially when it comes to Hollywood action blockbusters. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the birth of the Stargate franchise, which all began with the Roland Emmerich film, written

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Revisit: The Freshman

Revisit: The Freshman

David Harris September 15, 2014 0

We all want to be liked. Charm may come naturally for some, but others are so hopelessly awkward that they are willing to do anything just to be liked. Nearly 90 years after its

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What to Watch: Week of September 15th

What to Watch: Week of September 15th

Spectrum Culture Staff September 14, 2014 0

Welcome to our new feature, What to Watch. Each week we will recommend five or more films based on a single theme. We hope you discover some great films this way. We also encourage

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Oeuvre: Welles: Othello

Oeuvre: Welles: Othello

Pat Padua September 11, 2014 0

Director Werner Herzog recently told a Brooklyn audience that “facts do not constitute the truth.” His statement suggests a healthy skepticism of mass media, but what of its corollary: does fiction ever show us

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