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FALLING SKIES RECAP 1: WORLDS APART and SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER

Falling Skies is back for its second season with a two-hour premiere that, as is so often the case with "special premiere events" these days, is actually two episodes shown back-to-back. So, Episodes 2.01 Worlds Apart and 2.02 Shall We Gather at the River constitute our relaunch into the post-invasion world of Tom Mason and the Second Massachusetts. It was not perfect, but definitely was tightly constructed and presented some solid science fiction in a watchable two hours..
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • June 17, 2012 10:55 PM
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TRUE BLOOD RECAP 2: AUTHORITY ALWAYS WINS

You know the endlessly self-amused Nazi Christoph Waltz played in "Inglourious Basterds"? Well, someone over at "True Blood" casting found a prim-o Waltz-alike in the actor Christopher Heyerdahl.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • June 17, 2012 9:55 PM
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GREY MATTERS: Vidal Sassoon: In the Salon, In the Movies, In Life

Vidal Sassoon did nothing less in his astonishing life than co-engineering the design and mindset of desire and freedom in fashion, cinema, and feminism—in ways that echo to this day.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • June 15, 2012 9:00 AM
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SIMON SAYS: Pure Ideas: Dropping Science (Fiction) with EXTRATERRESTRIAL Filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo

Nacho Vigalondo’s films are about ideas.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • June 14, 2012 9:04 AM
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Art That Speaks to Everybody: A Father and Daughter Chat About E.T.

[Editor's note: The following is an iChat between Press Play founder Matt Zoller Seitz and his daughter Hannah, a film student, about Steven Spielberg's "E.T.," which was released 30 years ago this week.]
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz and Hannah Seitz
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  • June 14, 2012 9:00 AM
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Five Great Moments of Dramatic Irony in MAD MEN

Before postmodernist self-reference, there was dramatic irony: a little wink from the writer that acknowledges the audience. After five seasons of solid storytelling, here are five of "Mad Men"'s greatest moments in dramatic irony.
  • By Olivia Collette
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  • June 14, 2012 8:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: A Death Foretold: Foreshadowing in MAD MEN

"Mad Men"'s season-five death obsession dominated recaps and comments threads throughout the last 12 weeks—with good reason, as it happened.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz, Deborah Lipp, and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 13, 2012 9:30 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Cocaine du Cinema

Cocaine’s presence in movies is a tricky object to dissect. Even with an awful, bloody contemporary history under its belt, cocaine seems to be the “cool” drug for modern cinematic heroes and heroines.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • June 13, 2012 8:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sight and Sound Film Poll - Adrian Martin on Philippe Garrel's L'ENFANT SECRET

When Adrian Martin visited Chicago last May, I made certain not to miss the opportunity to record him for this video series. What distinguishes Martin's scholarship for me is his passion for all that is improbable or even impossible about the cinema. That spirit can be sensed in Martin's love of Philippe Garrel and especially L'Enfant Secret, a chronicle of a tortured, fragile existence that embodies those qualities in its material properties: a film that at times "threatens to disintegrate."
  • By Adrian Martin and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 12, 2012 9:57 AM
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CRUEL SUMMER: PURPLE RAIN (1984)

Albert Magnoli’s "Purple Rain" is a one-of-a-kind mix of rock concert, intense drama, romance, and comedy. A star vehicle designed to showcase the talents of rock-fusion musician Prince, "Purple Rain" was that rare vanity project that worked.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • June 11, 2012 2:24 PM
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