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Five Film Favorites: Gun Fights

I have not yet worked out the ethical dilemma of how I can find certain forms of violence so mesmerizing and, yes, entertaining in cinema while knowing that those same forms of violence, when they occur in real life, have such devastating … Continue reading

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The Ken Burns Effect

Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld squint, mumble, and take themselves very seriously in the Coen Brothers’ Here’s a question: Do filmmakers have a responsibility to the words that have inspired readers? If you base your movie on a great novel, are you obligated … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Westerns

While we’ve all seen lots of bad Western movies with tired clichés about trail drives, crooked sheriffs and handgun duels wrapped around predictable plots, a good Western, with well drawn characters moving about in a lean story, is hard to … Continue reading

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