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May 14, 2015

#KickingtheCanon by Kenji Fujishima Film

The Battle of Algiers | Gillo Pontecorvo

May 14, 2015

Proof of the lasting influence of Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 docudrama The Battle of Algiers can be glimpsed in two relatively recent films making a sizable dent in last year’s new-release landscape: Ana DuVernay’s Selma and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. In Selma — as was the case with the film that is arguably its spiritual forerunner, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln — there is an emphasis on political maneuvering, one that likens it to Pontecorvo’s film, with its independence-seeking…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Mad Max: Fury Road | George Miller

By the time of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third entry in George Miller’s original scorched-Earth trilogy, society had begun to rebuild itself, but the post-apocalypse capitalism of Bartertown, a stronghold in the wastelands governed by gladiatorial combat, was even worse than that of the destroyed…

May 14, 2015
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