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Second Sight: How Channel-Surfing, an iPod, and PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED Restored a Movie Critic's Eyesight

I wondered if I would get my vision back in time to watch the Oscars. I was excited that "The Wolf of Wall Street" got nominated, and then realized I might not get a chance to see a Scorsese movie for a second time in theaters. Was it going to be the last Scorsese I would actually *see*?
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • April 1, 2014 1:50 PM
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Remembering Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

It was the same ritual every year. It was usually late October, maybe early November. You’d go to the mall where there was a bookstore, usually a Walden Books. (This was before Borders and Barnes & Noble were in every shopping center.) The section devoted to “Film” was one shelf, not a wall.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • April 5, 2013 12:34 PM
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The Five Best Uses of Music in Coen Brothers Films

The Coen brothers' relationship to source music is as integral to their vision as recurring themes and subject matter. Like a signature shot or the way certain characters speak, a director’s song selection can reverberate throughout an oeuvre.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • March 29, 2013 12:14 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: CRUEL SUMMER: BATMAN (1989)

Tim Burton’s "Batman" was a game-changer for summer blockbusters.
  • By Aaron Aradillas and Richard Seitz
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  • July 17, 2012 8:30 AM
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CRUEL SUMMER: DIE HARD (1988)

"Die Hard" was something new, an over-the-top blowout its director made personal by injecting humor and humanity into its incredible action set-pieces.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • July 9, 2012 9:55 AM
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CRUEL SUMMER: ROBOCOP (1987)

"RoboCop"’s most lasting legacy is RoboCop itself. This film marks the first time moviegoers were made to identify with a machine.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • July 2, 2012 9:53 AM
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CRUEL SUMMER: TOP GUN (1986)

Tony Scott’s "Top Gun" is a visual and aural assault, a full-throttle “ride” that doesn’t stop for pesky things like story.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • June 25, 2012 8:54 AM
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REMEMBERING ANDREW SARRIS, 1928-2012

This is a remembrance of film critic Andrew Sarris (1928-2012).
  • By Press Play Contributors and Staff
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  • June 21, 2012 9:37 AM
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CRUEL SUMMER: PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (1985)

The "Cruel Summer" series of articles examines influential movies from the summers of the 1980s. The previous entries in the series have covered THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980), STRIPES (1981), ROCKY III (1982), and WARGAMES (1983), and PURPLE RAIN (1984).
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • June 18, 2012 9:30 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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