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007 vs. Title VII: “Goldfinger,” the Civil Rights Act, and White Male Privilege

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. What would James Bond have made of that progressive piece of legislation? Continue reading

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The Real Meaning of TOP GUN: Maverick and the Monomyth

The Danger Zone meets Joseph Campbell, and the Hero With a Thousand Faces looks just like Tom Cruise. Continue reading

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“Sixteen Candles” Turns 30, Still Looks 16

Jennifer Castle on the 30th birthday of an American classic. Continue reading

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Showgirls Revisited: An Interview with Adam Nayman, author of “It Doesn’t Suck”

Editors Sean Beaudoin and J.M. Blaine discuss the train wreck that is (was?) the movie Showgirls with Adam Nayman, author of “It Doesn’t Suck.” Continue reading

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Losing Faith in the Gleam

Nathaniel Missildine on Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Lane, and the function of movie stars. Continue reading

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“Blue is the Warmest Color” and Cinema’s Sex Revolution

How should sex be depicted in film? Are there boundaries that simply shouldn’t be crossed? Jeremy Polacek untangles these questions and more, in a discussion of the ever-divisive movie Blue is the Warmest Color. Continue reading

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The New Era of Movie Beefcake

Justin Hall documents the rise (pun intended) of the hot male action star in contemporary film. Where has all the cheesecake gone? Continue reading

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