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Donald Ray Pollock's over-the-top gothic

Donald Ray Pollock's first novel is called The Devil All the Time , and that's exactly what's wrong with it.
Biblical fury
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  July 08, 2011
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Days of future past

Science-fiction films have been with us since Edison’s 1910 version of Frankenstein , but they bloomed in the ’Nam era, nourished by a volatile cocktail of cultural ingredients.
'SF-1970' at the Harvard Film Archive
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 18, 2010
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Voodoo economics

To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010
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Walk hard

In Joshua Ferris's unsparing second novel, Tim Farnsworth doesn't know why he walks, but nothing but exhaustion can stop him.
Joshua Ferris abandons the office and hits The Road
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 15, 2010
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Dropping the ball

At last, the golden moment has arrived.
This past decade? Not so great. But the next, according to social critic James Howard Kunstler, will be much worse.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 08, 2010
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2009: The year in movies

As I looked over my list of the best movies of 2009, it suddenly struck me: where are all the women on screen?
Men behaving badly
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 25, 2009


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Review: The Road

John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road For those who found the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men too lighthearted, John Hillcoat's relentlessly faithful version of the author's post-apocalyptic Puli
No country for all men: John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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Almost Famous: Joe Bernstein

I’ve been all over the country, and I have to say, the quality of the State Police department here — they’re the best.
Retired former senior special agent for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service
By FRANK MULLIN  |  September 10, 2008
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Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008
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The Oscars go to Hell

Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008


Wrestle in peace

In a life of many garlands and much renown, it was Mailer’s strange engagement with literary destiny always to be trapped on the wrong side of his art.
Remembering Mailer, the blustery king of American letters
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 14, 2007
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Interview: Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin has distinguished himself mostly by appearing in the worst movies of great directors.
On the brink of fame in No Country for Old Men
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007
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Quiet men

At heart, the Coen Brothers’ movies are about death — arbitrary, relentless, insidiously clever, with a gallows sense of humor.
The Coens step back in No Country for Old Men  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007
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Open city

In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2007
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War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007


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Viva Las Vegas!

Last week in reality world, it was Vegas, Vegas, Vegas.
Sin, sun, and survival, plus lesbian surfers
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 12, 2007
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War and peace

More often than not, when an artist gets airplay covering a decades-old song, it’s out of desperation — the sign of a career on its way down.
Cowboy Junkies expand their reach
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 08, 2007
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Poetic justice

Hang your heads, folk pretenders, because this it what it means to write lyrics.
Joanna Newsom rises to the occasion on Ys
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 09, 2006
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Lions and lambs

The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall  
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 13, 2006
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On the racks: August 8, 2006

Plus Blood Meridian, the Gin Blossoms, and Bernard Fanning.
Dirty Pretty Things, Ani DiFranco, and the Cure
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 08, 2006