IT DOESN’T SUCK: ADAM NAYMAN ON SHOWGIRLS

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“There are all kinds of ways a ‘bad’ cultural object can be redeemed. What’s amazing about Showgirls is that it ticks nearly every box: it’s been reclaimed as camp, as kitsch, a grist for the academic mill, as auteurism, as ideology, as a fun night out with friends, as everything. Maybe this resurgence is simply a case of an idea whose time has come.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/15/2018

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PEOPLE ONLY DIE OF LOVE IN MOVIES: FILM WRITING BY JIM RIDLEY

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“Reading Ridley’s reviews feels like having a jocular chat with a pal that takes an unexpectedly personal turn. Jim’s excitement was infectious, a conversational tone deftly camouflaging the intellectual rigor beneath his arguments. His emotionally candid insights make Kael’s case for criticism as autobiography in vibrant, often uproarious prose.” – RogerEbert.com, 06/22/2018

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CHARLES TAYLOR, ALFREDO GARCIA AND THE SHADOW CINEMA OF THE AMERICAN ’70S

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“The tragedy of the film is that it’s about a fellow who is put in situations with other men where violence and force is the common coin. It’s the tool that he has to deal with the situations in which he finds himself, and it’s also the thing that separates him from everything in life he wants, including finally the love of a woman. It’s made by someone who knows this.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/26/2017

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CONTESTING HISTORY: MATT ZOLLER SEITZ AND THE OLIVER STONE EXPERIENCE

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“There is a lot of stuff in Stone’s films that didn’t actually happen. And you know what? That’s okay. Many of Shakespeare’s tragedies drew on history and a lot of that stuff is flat out made-up. If you’re not willing to go with Oliver Stone and treat history not just in terms of fact, but also metaphor, then there’s really no point going to his movies.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/09/2016

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“It’s a crazy sort of look Guy had going on there, and apparently he came up with a lot of that on his own. Hillcoat told me Pearce just came out of the bathroom one day with this shaved line in his head. The eyebrows were gone and they were like, ‘Holy shit!'” – BOFCA, 08/30/2012