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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'

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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


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



Seven Review


Sixth Sense, The Review

Sling Blade

Stargate Review

Strangers on a Train

Stripes Review



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