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An Open Letter to the Kid Sitting In Front of Me Who Was Scarred for Life by 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

By Rebecca Pahle | Posted Under Pajiba Blockbusters | Comments ()


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Yes it's true. This man has no dick.

A Tribute to 'Ghostbusters' On Its 30th Anniversary: They Came. They Saw. They Kicked Its Ass!

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An Exclusive Pajiba Interview with the Star of Godzilla

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Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining (1980) is terrifying for multiple reasons. First and foremost, it deals with two taboos: parricide and filicide. What's terrifying about Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) isn't that he's a homicidal maniac; it's that...

Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow

By Drew Morton | Posted Under Pajiba Blockbusters | Comments ()


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Next to Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, and James Bond, Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name is one of cinema's most iconic heroes. The poncho, the small cigarillo, and an uncanny ability with a piece of cold, hard steel, the Man...

Happiness is a Warm Gun

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When I originally put together the list of the neo-noirs I was planning on including in this retrospective, I had put down two David Lynch titles: Lost Highway (1997) and Mulholland Dr. (2001). Unfortunately, Mulholland Dr., one of my favorite...

Hit Me Baby, One More Time

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I had been pushing off my neo-noir retrospective review of Christopher Nolan's Memento (2000) for numerous reasons. Initially, I kept pushing it off so that we could run it the same week that his latest film, Inception -- one of...

The End Is the Beginning Is the End

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On the morning of July 12, 2010, having just poured myself a cup of coffee, I began to scan a page from the Harvey Pekar/Robert Crumb story "Standing Behind Old Jewish Ladies in Supermarket Lines" for an essay on American...

Talking Book

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Re-watching John Dahl's The Last Seduction (1994) with the intent of writing a review for the neo-noir retrospective, I initially thought I was going to be writing about Linda Fiorentino's femme fatale. I mean, how can you not think about...

Film Soleil

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Luchino Visconti's 185-minute film The Leopard (Il Gattopardo, 1963) begins outside a quiet Italian villa. The camera gradually makes its way closer to the estate, gliding across the windows -- open to the early summer breeze -- until settling on...

The Laws Have Changed

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In Ernest Hemmingway's short story "The Killers," the reader is presented with a character, Ole Anderson, who knows he is to be killed by two hit men yet goes gently into that good night. The story, which was directly adapted...

Death Is Not the End

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I wrote in my last neo-noir retrospective review of The Long Goodbye (1973) that neo-noir films take "a self-reflexive approach to the narrative and stylistic tropes of the classical era." This was true of most of the films in this...

She Has a Girlfriend Now

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After kicking off the 2010 Pajiba Neo-Noir Retrospective with an analysis of Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight (1996), I felt the strong desire to put his film in dialogue with the neo-noir of his mentor Robert Altman: The Long Goodbye...

With a Little Help From My Friends

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Last summer, shortly after the beginning as a film critic with Pajiba, I published a ranking of the five film noirs of the classical age over the course of a week. Ever since, I've been contemplating doing a top five...

Out of the Past

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Around the same time that movies like The Day After (reviewed here) came out and traumatized kids across the country with real fears of an apocalypse, another movie actually designed for children would come along and traumatize youth in a...

Every Cynic's Kryptonite

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Here's an alphabetical listing of all our Pajiba Blockbusters:

A Tribute to 'Ghostbusters' On Its 30th Anniversary: They Came. They Saw. They Kicked Its Ass!


Alien Review


American History X


American Psycho


American Splendor | Talking Book


An Exclusive Pajiba Interview with the Star of Godzilla


An Open Letter to the Kid Sitting In Front of Me Who Was Scarred for Life by 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'


Arlington Road Review


Blue Velvet Review | Hit Me Baby One More Time


Bound Review | She Has a Girlfriend Now


Bowfinger Review


Brazil Review


Can't Hardly Wait


Coming to America Review


Commando Review


Conan The Barbarian Review


Death Proof Review


Devil's Advocate, The Review


Double Indemnity


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Review | Every Cynic's Kryptonite


Eyes Wide Shut


Fight Club Review


Ghostbusters II Review


Go Review


Hard Eight Review | Out of the Past


Hellraiser Review


Iron Giant Review


Kill Bill: Vols. 1-2


L.A. Confidential


Leon


Memento | The End is the Beginning is the End


Moulin Rouge Review


No "I" In Threesome | Jules and Jim Review


Office Space Review


Out of Sight


Outbreak Review


Payback Review


Pulp Fiction Review


Reservoir Dogs Review


Ronin


Seven


Seven Review


Singles


Sixth Sense, The Review


Sling Blade


Stargate Review


Strangers on a Train


Stripes Review


Suspiria


Swingers


The Boondock Saints Review


The Conversation Review


The Crow


The Empire Strikes Back Review


The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser


The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Review | Happiness is a Warm Gun


The Hit Review | Death Is Not the End


The Killing


The Last Seduction | Film Soleil


The Last Starfighter Review


The Laws Have Changed | The Leopard


The Long Goodbye | With a Little Help from My Friends


The Matrix Review


The Night of the Hunter


The Shining Review | Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow


The Third Man


The Wizard of Oz Review


Tin Cup


Touch of Evil


Toy Story 2


Traffic Review