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  • Grand Theft Auto (1977): Ron Howard’s Feature Debut

    Ron Howard made his feature directorial debut with the action comedy Grand Auto Thef, the only movie in his career that he both directed and starred in.

    Censorship: Definition, Issues, Functions, Effects

    The philosopher Cristian Metz has observed (The Imaginary Magnifier, 1982): “The peculiarity of censorship, and one of its most noticeable characteristics–in the absence of which we would never be able to grasp its existence–is that things are always managing to get past it.” Censorship had positive effects on film noir, paradoxically. Ot made films like […]

    Culture: Approach, Theory, Concept, Biblio

    Books by Stewart Ewen Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture. New York: McGraw-Hill (1976). ISBN 0070198454. Channels of Desire: Mass Images and the Shaping of American Consciousness (co-authored with Elizabeth Ewen). New York: McGraw-Hill (1982). ISBN 978-0816618903. All Consuming Images: The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture. New York: […]

    Death in Hollywood: Sandrick, Mark–Director Astaire-Rogers Musicals, Heart Attack, Age 44

    Insisting that he could complete all of his assignments and feeling pressure to be an involved and loving family man, Sandrich died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 44.

    John Wayne: Screen Women–Sophia Loren

    John Wayne: Screen Women–Sophia Loren “After the enchantment of Cary Grant and what turned out to be the disenchantment of Alan Ladd and Boy on the Dolphin, I did not know what to expect of John Wayne.” “I was relieved to find that Wayne was exactly as advertised, big, authoritative, gruff, and polite, and a […]

    Man Who Knew Too Much: Photo

    Photo:Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956) Del Toro: “There is a haphazard chaos that this version has that I find completely charming. You can feel that [Hitchcock] is bringing all the tools of the trade that he acquired in England for one great romp.”

    Innocents, The (1961): Photo

        Photo:20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock Jack Clayton’s camerawork is astounding.

    San Andreas (2015): Father’s Day–Dwayne Johnson

    San Andreas (2015) PHOTO : JASIN BOLAND/WARNER BROS/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION Dwayne Johnson, as helicopter-rescue pilot Ray Gaines, will stop at nothing to save his daughter (Alexandra Daddario) from becoming another casualty in Brad Peyton’s disaster epic. In the course of the story, she gets trapped in a collapsed parking garage and nearly drowns in a tsunami that […]

    Prisoners (2013): Father’s Day Movies–Hugh Jackman

    Prisoners (2013) PHOTO : WILSON WEBB/WARNER BROS/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION Hugh Jackman takes matters into his own hands as Keller Dover in Denis Villeneuve’s crime thriller, Prisoners. He plays a father whose young daughter and her friend are suddenly abducted. Thrown into a tailspin investigation alongside detective Jake Gyllenhaal, the desperate father pursues leads with torture interrogation strategies […]

    Taken (2008): Father’s Day Movies–Liam Neeson

    Taken (2008) PHOTO : TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION Liam Neeson has become the poster paternal hero with “a particular set of skills,” thanks to the Luc Besson-produced trilogy of thrillers. His career-pivoting turn as Bryan Mills begins with Pierre Morel’s installment, in which Mills’ teenage daughter is kidnapped in France by human traffickers for sexual slavery, […]

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