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Space Travel, Alien Invasions, and Atomic Monsters: The Best 1950s Science Fiction Films

There are no movies more fun to watch than 1950s science fiction. The first of these films went from the sublime to the ridiculous, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) to Cat Women of the Moon (1953). But they all had so...

 
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Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933

Pre-Code Hollywood 2: Music, Comedy, Action and Adventure

Pre-Code Hollywood studios spent millions transitioning their medium to sound and other new technologies that brought about major advances in photography, lighting, and set design. But there were still five million unemployed p...

 
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Madam Satan
Madam Satan
Madam Satan

Pre-Code Hollywood: Gangsters, Monsters, and Dames

I must have been about 12 years old when I first saw Tarzan and His Mate. I loved the Tarzan movies. Tarzan was the undisputed King of the Jungle and was the greatest, Cheetah was man’s best friend, Boy was annoying, and Jane w...

 
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Anna Karina on set with Jean-Luc Godard
Anna Karina on set with Jean-Luc Godard
Anna Karina on set with Jean-Luc Godard

The Muse in Film

Since D.W. Griffith discovered stage actress Lillian Gish and immortalized her in dozens of silent movies, film directors, like other artists before them, have looked for inspiration in the muse. There is no more magical relati...

 
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The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter

Once is Enough: Ten Movies I Do Not Need to See Again

At a gathering of friends a few years ago, our host was proudly showing off his new big screen TV with surround sound. Nobody was paying much attention during the Road Runner cartoons and even less during the Charlie Chaplain m...

 
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Lady in the Lake
Lady in the Lake
Lady in the Lake

Ten Alternative Christmas Movies

If you’re getting your holiday movie lineup together you’re probably selecting from the canon of mandatory yuletide films. Sure they’re good, but when Die Hard is America’s number one Christmas movie, well, we have ...

 
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Body Heat
Body Heat
Body Heat

The 15 Best Neo-Noir Films

Since its beginning with The Maltese Falcon in 1941, the genre of film noir has been the quintessential American film style. It is recognizable around the world and features actors that went on to be stars and a wave of directo...

 
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Ethan Hawke in "Gattaca."  © 1997 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Ethan Hawke in "Gattaca."  © 1997 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Ethan Hawke in "Gattaca."  © 1997 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Cinema Revisited: The Brave New World of Gattaca

We have always been stargazers. We look into the night sky and wonder what is out there and if future generations will travel to far away worlds. And we wonder what kind of world we will see in our lifetime and what kind of wor...