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The Brad Pitt-Andrew Dominik Double Feature Picture Show

It seems Andrew Dominik’s two Brad Pitt films, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly, are destined to be no more than footnotes in American film culture.  It’s a bummer.  Jesse James made … Continue reading

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Missing the Ball

Baseball fans have always loved to imagine the great “what-ifs” of the sport. What if Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio had been traded? What if Buckner hadn’t let that ball go through his legs? What if the Red Sox signed … Continue reading

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Anticipation, Disappointment, and the Coen Brothers

As I sit and anticipate the release of True Grit (2010), I am reminded of my friends, who, over a decade ago, anticipated the release of the first episode of Star Wars. When Star Wars: Episode I (1999) was released, … Continue reading

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Violent Style without Ethical Substance: “Inglourious Basterds” and the Italian Western

In F.T. Rea’s post of favorite Westerns, Rea cleverly and accurately assigned each film with a word: High Noon is about honor. Lonely Are the Brave is about freedom. Stagecoach is about survival. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is about … Continue reading

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