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ROGUE ONE, hope, and the urban-rural divide

  “Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.” Like a lot of people, my husband and I saw Rogue One last night in an effort to stave off the Sarlacc pit of panic opening its devouring maw beneath our feet and ensnaring the totality of 2016 in its twisting…

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Swapping SNEAKERS

I’ve said it before, but SNEAKERS told us more about the future than HACKERS did. https://t.co/C6LLXpCH84 — Madeline Ashby (@MadelineAshby) June 18, 2016 I have a deep and abiding love for Sneakers, Phil Alden Robinson’s film, penned in part by Lawrence Lasker, who also wrote War Games. Like that film it’s also a critique of how technology and power intersect.…

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Interstellar: you will believe in life in space

Dave and I are in Washington DC for the World Fantasy convention, and among the places we’ve visited in town is the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. It’s an awesome place, with scale reproductions of spacefaring vessels, artifacts from past missions, and exhibits on everything from celestial navigation to the spectroscopy. While there, we kept seeing posters for IMAX screenings…

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How to watch “Love, Actually”

There have been a lot of retrospectives written on Love, Actually this year. The Atlantic hates it. Mother Jones loves it. Jezebel makes fun of it. Having just watched it again last night as I do every year, I have my own issues with it: that “Colin goes to America” plotline is absolutely abysmal, a weird wank-fantasy in an otherwise…

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Remember “The Necessaries”? They’re happening.

Back when the first Expendables movie came out, I wished for an all-female version, called The Necessaries. Well, it’s on, sort of: Just as “The Expendables 2” explodes into theaters, Adi Shankar’s banner 1984 Private Defense Contractors has tapped Dutch Southern to write an all-female riff on the star-studded action franchise. Shankar (“The Grey”) will produce for 1984 Private Defense…

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The Art of the Indy-pendent Film

This supercut, called “Raiders of the Lost Archives,” details the decades of adventure serials that inspired George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan to make Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. On the left side of the frame is the 1981 film, and on the right are clips from various adventure films from 1931 to 1973. As…

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