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In-Between Man: An Appreciation of Jon Hamm

Call it the “Dad/Uncle” split. Men onscreen may be pseudo-patriarchs, emblematic of some sort of “traditional” order. Conversely, they may be lively, with a possibility of being affable and amusing, like everyone’s favorite uncle.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • June 5, 2014 2:08 PM
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Stop the “Streamaggeddon” Articles: Netflix and the Idea of Total Media Access

The “Streamageddon” news meme is reflective of a myopic mentality and should cease. Yes, Netflix is convenient and a technological marvel, but we should know by now that it is and will continue to be more imperfect than we would prefer.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • January 22, 2014 11:01 AM
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"Mwahahahaha": The (Vincent) Price of Condescending Viewership

Vincent Price was a singular cult movie star, synonymous with a grandiloquent yet bygone form of cinematic Gothicism that offered moviegoers inexpensive thrills. Whether for good or ill, Price, a versatile actor, is shackled to the horror genre.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • October 22, 2013 9:30 AM
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STAR TREK Into Remission: Gene Roddenberry’s Most Famous Creation, Cancer and Me

To begin as Spock might begin: often, when a full-blown crisis happens in a person’s life, media may be used to cope with stress and adversity. And no matter how relevant or irrelevant that media is to the circumstances of the crisis, it may be a source of comfort, distraction and catharsis. This is a personal account of such coping.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • July 3, 2013 1:51 AM
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Not As “Himself”: Three Early Alan Arkin Screen Performances

Maybe when we say that an actor “just plays him/herself,” what we mean to say is that an actor has grown (perhaps too) comfortable in their craft. And under this description fall many renowned older actors: Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken and, not least of these, Alan Arkin.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • June 14, 2013 8:37 AM
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BADLANDS: Terrence Malick’s “early, funny film”

Malick’s 1973 debut "Badlands" is, thus far, the only film in his oeuvre in which humor is a significant component. If it isn’t a black comedy, then it is a singular and timeless art-house crime drama infused with greyish-brownish comedy.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • April 22, 2013 8:35 AM
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The Three Burials of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN; Three Takes on Its Overrated Status

Though many consider "No Country for Old Men" to be an untouchable classic in the Coens’ oeuvre, it remains tonally flawed.
  • By Lincoln Flynn, Stacia Kissick Jones, and Alan Pyke
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  • March 27, 2013 8:35 AM
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  • 9 Comments

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