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Auteurship and the Tentpole Movie

I was somewhere across the Atlantic, headed back from attending my sister’s wedding, when I finally got around to watching Iron Man 3. But that’s life when you’ve got little kids. Limited time and babysitting favors to call in mean you’ve got to be much more choosey about which films are worth the trip to…

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Godard’s King Lear

Early in 2002, I studied Shakespeare’s masterpiece King Lear as part of my A-Level English course. To help me better understand and appreciate the play, my father was kind enough to take me to London’s famous Almeida theater to see a production featuring Oliver Ford Davies in the titular role. The experience was mind-blowing. Truth…

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X-Men (2000)

Looking back at it now, the original X-Men film probably isn’t going to appear on many people’s top five superhero movie lists. However, at the time, the film was, in a way, groundbreaking. Not only was it the start of the current superhero movie wave that Hollywood is still riding for all its worth, it…

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American Beauty

My alarm went off shortly after midnight. Hurriedly, I turned it off so that I didn’t wake up the rest of the house. I’d only had a few hours sleep, but I pulled myself out of bed. I crept downstairs. More than likely, I probably didn’t manage to avoid that one creaky floorboard right outside…

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How The X-Files Taught me to Dare to Dream

Last week, the TV show that changed my life turned 20 years old. I was happy to see that even mainstream news outlets such as Time Magazine and the Huffington Post not only acknowledged the anniversary, but wrote of the enduring influence The X-Files has had on entertainment over the past two decades. I first…