Video Vault

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“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” 20th Century-Fox, 1964 Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Ellen Farner, Marc Michel Director: Jacques Demy The plot: It is the late...

Eight-Bit Junkyard

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“StarTropics” (Nintendo, 1990) When people ask me what my favorite video game is, I usually don’t hesitate: “Kid Icarus.” There you go. Easy as that....

Video Vault

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“All That Jazz” Columbia Pictures and 20th Century-Fox, 1979 Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, and Ann Reinking Directed by: Bob Fosse The plot:...

Eight-Bit Junkyard

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Shadowgate (Kemco, 1989) There is nothing about “Shadowgate,” a decades-old first-person role playing game, that should work. Nothing. It was a port of a two-year...

Level up

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The first video game Jon Dearborn of Barrington officially sold through his design studio, DinoMage Games, was “Gladiator.” Originally an early 1990s PC game, “Gladiator”...

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“3 Women” 20th Century-Fox, 1977 Starring: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier Directed by: Robert Altman The plot: Pinky (Spacek), an awkward mouse...

The Wolfpack

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When the six Angulo brothers step out of their Lower East Side apartment in Manhattan for a night out at the movies midway through the...

Video Vault

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“Diary of a Country Priest” Brandon Films, 1951 Starring: Claude Laydu, Andre Guibert, Marie-Monique Arkell Director: Robert Bresson The plot: An awkward young priest (Laydu)...

Ex Machina

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Ex Machina” is a total stealth bomb. It sneaks up on you, introducing a lot of familiar concepts about the potential impact of the development...

Eight-Bit Junkyard

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“Super Mario Brothers 3” (Nintendo, 1988) “Frostbite” (Activision, 1983) “Ecco the Dolphin” (Sega, 1992) It’s summertime! School? Out. Temperatures? Rising. Swimmin’ hole? Still pretty cold...

Video Vault

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“Straw Dogs” ABC Pictures, 1971 Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, David Warner Directed by: Sam Peckinpah The plot: American college professor David Sumner (Hoffman) is...

Inside Out

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One of the cardinal rules of storytelling is “Show, don’t tell.” The idea is that telling your audience a character is depressed is much less...

Jurassic World

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Few things are more excruciating than watching a half-wit attempt to act smart. It’d be bad enough if it was just Chris Pratt we were...

Eight-Bit Junkyard

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“Excitebike” (Nintendo, 1985) “Super Hang-On” (Sega, 1987) They never tell you to beware the ides of June. But they should. Every year, like shiny metal...

Roar

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  1981, rated PG, 102 minutes Pop quiz, hotshot: Your family’s trapped in a plywood shack surrounded by 100 lions. When the lions get hungry,...

Video Vault: Don’t Look Now

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“Don’t Look Now” British Lion Films, 1973 Starring: Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania Directed by: Nicolas Roeg The plot: After the accidental...

Video Vault

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“Alice in Wonderland” 20th Century-Fox, 1976 Starring: Kristine DeBell, Larry Gelman, Bradford Armdexter Director: Bud Townsend The plot: This X-rated musical comedy opens when Alice...

Mad Max: Fury Road

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There are many valid reasons “Mad Max: Fury Road” may not be the movie for you. In-world continuity is very important to you. You’ll need...

The final pitch

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and the Golden Age of Television   Mad Men” concluded its storied run on May 17 after 92 episodes, thousands of cigarettes, hundreds of cocktails,...

The D Train

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In “The D Train,” Jack Black stars as Dan Landsman, a sad-sack loser living in the suburbs of Pittsburgh who’s in charge of his high...