Far Flungers

Far Flungers

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the superhero genre!

Back then, I could watch Max Fleischer's Superman cartoons forever and never get bored. Today, the case is almost the same. Oh, those films have some of the finest animation I've ever seen--even by today's standards, the animation is phenomenal,…

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Inceptions Made of Sand

With the exception of "The Matrix" and the odd documentary, movies tend to pay only lip service an architect's job. "Sleepless in Seattle's" Sam Baldwin is an architect, but he might as well be a meat-packer. The movie is a…

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The President's analyst goes crazy

While it is one or two steps behind "Dr. Strangelove," "The President's Analyst" (1967) is a very good black comedy sniggering at Cold War paranoid. Maybe it's not as ruthless as that great comedy, but the movie romps cheerfully on…

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Greed is maybe good up to a point

Sequels to Hollywood hit films usually take a couple of years to arrive, maybe up to three or five or even ten, but twenty-three? Why would Oliver Stone wait this long to bring us a follow-up to his 1987 "Wall…

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When the Great Gray Cloud comes to call

Yesterday it was cold and rainy and glum. I searched for background movies to put on while I wrote, but my usual George Cukor go-tos weren't doing the trick. I branched out. Shane, Forbidden Games, Love & Anarchy, Mogambo, and…

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"Those lucky bastards!"

I told Roger it would take me 48 hours to review "Sin Nombre" and yet hours turned to days and days to months, and I still had not reviewed it. Scratch that. I did write four reviews, but not a…

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Understanding the Dung Fly

Sang-hoon is a terrifying piece of work. He is someone you never want to mess up with. He is callous, narrow-minded, vulgar and, above all very volatile. Whenever his hair-trigger fury erupts, there's more than hell to pay -- and…

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The many kinds of blindness

After exploring the mother-daughter relationship and social issues in "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire," I decided to visit the father-son relationship and comparable issues in "The Color of Paradise." Majid Majidi's work is one my favorite movies.…

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Doo Wop, cool and raw masculinity

There exist in this sometimes sad world, moments that remind you that you are alive. You know these moments well. Blood rushes from your toes to your cheeks. Or from your cheeks to your toes. Either way you are made…

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We don't want to remember the sadness

• Grace Wang in Toronto, whose four-part video interview with Chung is below her essay. Lucky life isn't one long string of horrorsand there are moments of peace, and pleasure, as I lie in between the blows. - Lucky Life…