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January 2015

#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Blackhat | Michael Mann

January 25, 2015

Blackhat opens with a CG-animated representation of a block of data infiltrating a computer network. A tiny glowing grid sliding along a superconducting surface with what seems very much to be purposeful intent. But in and of itself it has no autonomy. It is being directed, controlled by someone else. The film closes with an action sequence taking place in Jakarta, during a Hindu religious festival called Nyepi, a New Year’s celebration symbolizing a…

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Kicking the Canon

The Film Canon (1960 – 1999)

January 15, 2015
French film director Jean-Luc Godard during the filming of 'Sympathy For the Devil' (aka 'One Plus One'), featuring the Rolling Stones.  Original Publication: People Disc - HF0546   (Photo by Larry Ellis/Getty Images)

A Note on Selection and Organization Criteria: The films in our canon were categorized according to the year of their U.S. theatrical release and the distributor behind it—except in cases where a.) the time between the film’s international release and its U.S. one exceeded five years, or b.) the film never received a U.S. theatrical release at all. Those films were instead categorized by the year of their earliest, at least semi-verifiable theatrical release, and the distributor behind it (if available). On the other hand, if a film never received…

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