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The Devil In The Detail: Thoughts On 'Chinatown' On Its 40th Anniversary

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 18, 2014 4:00 PM
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Chinatown Nicholson B/W
I still remember the first time I ever saw a two-dollar bill. It was in a wallet, on a TV screen in the living room of my childhood home. The wallet belonged to a dead woman called Ida Sessions, and it was Jack Nicholson who was riffling through it: Social Security Card; Screen Actors Guild Membership; two-dollar bill. I was maybe 12 or 13 and had never even set foot in America, but like anyone in the English-speaking world who watched way too many movies, I felt I knew the country like the back of my hand. Certainly its currency, which seemed more like real money than the colorful, monopoly notes we used, so often had I seen it brimming out of briefcases, left contemptuously on nightstands or fluttering down like green confetti after an explosion. But I had never seen a two-dollar bill, so that, of all things, was the detail that snagged my attention the first time I watched Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown.”

Exclusive: 4-Minute Clip From Restored 1979 Cult Sci-Fi/Horror 'The Visitor' Will Melt Your Mind

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2014 11:25 AM
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The Visitor
It's the kind of thing that only the madcap movie world of the 1970s produced. Because what else could explain a sci-fi/horror movie that's led by John Huston—playing an intergalactic warrior!—and features Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero and Sam Peckinpah? (Yes, that Sam Peckinpah). It's the stuff that cult movies are made of and that's just what happened, and now it's coming back to theaters thanks to the folks at Drafthouse Films.

Stream This: 'Grabbers,' Jeff Bridges in 'Fat City,' Ryan Gosling in 'The United States of Leland' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Stream This: Grabbers, more
Hello stream-fans! Another week, another round of suggestions on how to spend that well-earned leisure time in front of your computer. This weekend sees two blockbuster releases in "Red 2" and "R.I.P.D.," both of which you might want to skip, and another collaboration from the "Drive" team of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, which we'd warrant you go see. Yet, in honor of it all—good, bad, and ugly—we've got our correlated streaming suggestions. Between a sports-noir mix featuring a young Jeff Bridges, comedic horror with John Malkovich, a simultaneous theatrical/VOD release, and (sort of) baby Gosling, you should have plenty to watch. There's also an oldie musical from Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Astaire and an early look at a classical Hollywood comedy from the Criterion Collection before its release on DVD. So let's get right down to it.

Check Out The Poster For Forgotten 1979 Sci-Fi 'The Visitor' Starring John Huston, Picked Up By Drafthouse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2013 1:25 PM
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There are vaults around the world filled with movies that time has forgotten, ambitious endeavors that missed their mark and seeming failures that are actually perfect midnight movie programming. 1979's "The Visitor" might be all of that, and we're going to soon find out.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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Is there such a thing as a perfect film? Perhaps. You could certainly argue that personal taste plays into the question of perfection too much -- one man's triumph is another's disaster. And even so, there are so many possible things that can go wrong with a film -- one duff performance, one ill-conceived shot, one poorly-written scene -- that it's almost an impossible task. But dammit if we don't consider "Chinatown" to be as close as you can get to being perfect.

Take A Look At USPS Stamps For Frank Capra, Billy Wilder, John Ford & John Huston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2012 3:35 PM
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Considering the art of letter-writing and the ritual of walking to the mailbox are becoming lost to the digital age (single tear), it's kinda cute that the United States Postal Service keeps making special new stamps, but honestly, we'd buy these and frame 'em.

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