IM Cinema: Fist of Legend

IM Cinema:  <i>Fist of Legend</i>

21

May

2015

On occasion, this site will present, for old media-impaired readers, an instant messaging transcript of a film newly arrived to Netflix.  Today, we feature Fist of Legend, the 1994 Jet Li re-imagining of Bruce Lee's classic Fist of Fury.***Chen Zhen:  boy it sure is nice to take a break from being the g ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Mad Max – Fury Road

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Mad Max – Fury Road</i>

20

May

2015

When you have dedicated your life to becoming a professional, it isn't that hard to pick up an old skill, no matter how long it's been since you exercised it.  Much has been made of George Miller's advancing age (he's almost twice as old as a typical action film director, and probably four times as a typical action film vi ...
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Reading is Fundamentally Depressing

Reading is Fundamentally Depressing

19

May

2015

Hello!  Thank you for ordering the Harshstone Press 2015 catalog.The world of children's book publishing is a highly competitive arena, and with smart, literate parents demanding quality kid-lit at a higher rate than ever before, it's not easy to stand out.  Here at Harshstone, we let our work speak for itself; rather tha ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: Spackly-Smelling Women Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  Spackly-Smelling Women Edition

15

May

2015

Have you ever noticed that comic stores are awful?  No?  Well, then you've never been in one, you lying shit.  Recently my experiences in these places that happiness goes to die, stink, and be wrapped in a mylar bag have been particularly dreadful, but I soldier on for you, the reader.  No matter how socially afflicted ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Paris, Texas

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Paris, Texas</i>

14

May

2015

It took Nixon to go to China, and it took a German to make the ultimate American road picture.Wim Wenders' career has had plenty of highs and lows, but his obsession with, and near mastery of, the road movie is impossible to dispute.  Many of his greatest movies, including his legendary trilogy of the mid-70s of Alice in ...
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Forever Blowing Ballgames: Eight Men Out

Forever Blowing Ballgames:  <i>Eight Men Out</i>

12

May

2015

When you ask people what they think was the greatest baseball movie ever made, you usually get one of three answers:  the charming, effusive Kevin Costner vehicle Bull Durham; the treacly, sentimental Kevin Costner vehicle Field of Dreams; or the moronic but enjoyable Major League, which at least has the advantage of no ...
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Hell Is For Children

Hell Is For Children

11

May

2015

FROM:  Flavros, Great Duke of HellTO:  Mammon, Prince of HellRE:  Children's WingHey, Manny --Sorry to interrupt you on your vacation.  I hear Florida is really nice this time of year; here's hoping you get a chance to stop in on Merihem at Wet 'n' Wild.  I don't want to take any time out of your and Debbie's schedule, ...
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Capitalism Divides, Mayday Unites

Capitalism Divides, Mayday Unites

1

May

2015

Every week brings a new division.As I write my annual May Day sermon, division is everywhere I look.  Following the death of another black man at the hands of the police, a number of Baltimore police officers have been indicted for his murder, causing division between those who think justice is never dispensed to the dispe ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: Brains in Alabama Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  Brains in Alabama Edition

30

Apr

2015

It seems like forever since I've done Four Colors to Infinity, the inexplicable semi-weekly feature where I spend a bunch of money on randomly selected comic books and read them even though I hate them. Maybe this is because I've been busy hanging out with actual people in the real world who don't care about sneak previews ...
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Weed People Problems

Weed People Problems

29

Apr

2015

As I write this, I am sitting in an apartment in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  Six months ago, I was writing from an apartment in the University District of Seattle, Washington.  There are many things that make the two places distinct, but today I am thinking about how, in my previous home, I could ...
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A Man Without Hope

A Man Without Hope

26

Apr

2015

Netflix's newest original series, Daredevil, is also the latest attempt by Marvel Comics' multimedia engine to dominate the world of serialized television the way it has dominated the world of blockbuster movies.  It is also the most recent attempt to bring the story of Matt Murdock, the blind attorney who defends the und ...
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A Hundred Years: “Rick and Morty”

A Hundred Years:  “Rick and Morty”

25

Apr

2015

Perhaps it is best, given his reputation as a rather difficult person to work with, that Dan Harmon confine himself to a medium in which the cast need not be in his presence, and the majority of the crew be separated from him by an entire ocean.  With the debut of the Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty, he may have ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

24

Apr

2015

A problem I've always had with Iranian cinema, from Abbas Kiarostami to Asghar Farhadi, is that its films tend to be...how can I put this?  They're a bit deliberate.   A bit studied.  A bit slowly paced.  A bit...boring.This may seem like blasphemy, especially coming from someone who values Italian neo-realism, Jeanne ...
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Stock in Trade

Stock in Trade

23

Apr

2015

From ZedCo, makers of such fine online entertainment products as Rotisserie League War Crimes Tribunal™ and FoodWasters Extravaganza™, comes the kind of experience that can not only transform the way we play games online, but the way we live.  StockBlock™ is the new gaming system that allows everyone to take part in ...
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No Colors, Deep Shadows

No Colors, Deep Shadows

22

Apr

2015

In terms of my own cinematic preferences (which, after all, are the only ones that really matter, right?), no genres, styles, or movements have made more of an impact on me than American film noir and Italian neo-realism.I am hardly unique in this regard.  These two particular filmic interpretations of the stresses, the te ...
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