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Jerry Goldsmith and John Barry Gave Us 2 Iconic Sci-Fi Scores Each in 1979

I love the work of composers Jerry Goldsmith and John Barry. They produced so many beautiful scores over the course of their careers. So imagine my delight when I recently realized that each of them created two sublime pieces of … Continue reading

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21 Incredibly Rewarding Moments in The Fugitive (Part 3)

We’re in the home stretch. In Part 1 and Part 2 of this article, we went through the first 14 immensely rewarding moments in The Fugitive that make it endlessly rewatchable. But the movie isn’t out of tricks yet. It’s … Continue reading

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21 Incredibly Rewarding Moments in The Fugitive (Part 2)

Let’s not waste any time on introductions. If you read Part 1, you know we’re talking about the 21 most satisfying moments in The Fugitive. We ended at #7 last time, and we’ll pick right up with #8.

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21 Incredibly Rewarding Moments in The Fugitive (Part 1)

The Fugitive is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a flawless film, which is incredible given that it started principal photography with an unfinished script. I recently realized that the reason the movie is so great to … Continue reading

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Quigley Down Under’s Villain Isn’t Such a Bad Guy

When it comes to villains, Elliott Marston is among my favorites. During my recent rewatch of Quigley Down Under in preparation for my Cinematic Chiasmus article, I noticed that Marston is surprisingly sympathetic. I’m not saying he’s a paragon of … Continue reading

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Quigley Goes Down Under and Back Up Above to Make a Perfect Chiasmus

Chiasmus occurs in a work of art when the first half of a story mirrors the second half in minute detail. So a chiasmus begins and ends in the same way, and it reaches a crucial turning point in the … Continue reading

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James Cameron and Star Trek Predicted Each Other’s Next Film for a Decade

For an entire decade, every year that a Star Trek sequel debuted in theaters, James Cameron also released a film of his own. From 1984 to 1994. That coincidence might seem to warrant a reaction like “So what?” if it … Continue reading

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My Favorite Moment in Speed Isn’t What You’d Expect

My favorite moment in the film Speed is one that I don’t think would stand out to most people. But when you notice it, you might just realize how powerful it is. It’s not the scene where Jack Traven chases … Continue reading

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The Symmetry of the Alien Trilogy

Last week I published an article showing that Alien and Alien3 mirror each other quite well. For the sake of completeness, I now present the chiasmus of the entire Alien Trilogy, including Aliens in the middle. I had previously published … Continue reading

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3 Superb Indiana Jones Standoffs

I realized immediately after writing last week’s article about great movie standoffs that I had missed three of the very best ones. And they come from three of the best action movies ever made: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana … Continue reading

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