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Why the Homoeroticism in “Top Gun” Matters

When I told my friends I was going to see Top Gun during its brief 3D theatrical re-release (which ends this week), nobody was particularly impressed. When I mentioned that I had never seen it before, their eyes widened, and each put forth some variation of the same question: “How is that possible?” The film…

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Justice is Simple in “Django Unchained”

There is a scene early on in Django Unchained in which bounty hunter King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) offers a deal to Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave whom he has just bought. Schlutz, a foreigner, is opposed to slavery, but he needs Django to help him track and kill three men for whom a large bounty…

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Newtown, Django Unchained, and Jack Reacher

Yesterday in The Independent, Robert Zak wrote about the movie studios’ decision to cancel red-carpet premieres of two upcoming violent movies – Django Unchained and Jack Reacher – in the wake of the shooting in Newtown. Here are his words: [S]uch actions are more than just harmless or pointless gestures that answer to prim ideas…

Lawmakers Seek Update From "Overwhelmed" Regulators

Former Senator Will Decide “Bully” Battle

Ratings controversies come and go, but most of the time the only thing at stake is studio profit. A good movie will find an audience, regardless of its rating. “Midnight Cowboy,” for example, was rated X but still managed to receive an Academy Award nomination. While there is a good discussion to be had about the…