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The Purge: Election Year

This pseudo-political horror-thriller is an ugly provocation, one that feels especially crass in light of national tragedies like the recent shooting in Orlando.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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"Pulp Fiction" and the mythology of cool




In honor of the twentieth anniversary of "Pulp Fiction" premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, here's a video essay about Quentin Tarantino's cool characters, and how they mythologize themselves. I cowrote and edited this with my colleague Peter Labuza, a contributor to The Film Stage. The narrator is RogerEbert.com contributor Dave Bunting, Jr


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