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Why It Works: American History X

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** Buckle up, kids; this one could get a little bumpy. I count AMERICAN HISTORY X among my favorite films, and yet before preparing for this column, it may have been a decade or so...
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John Cusack and Sam Jackson star in the trailer for Stephen King's Cell

If you enjoyed John Cusack and Sam Jackson hamming it up in Stephen King 's 1408, then the following should interest you! The duo chose to work together again, this time on CELL. The story follows that a strange signal that pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, starting a murderous epidemic of epic proportions turning users into bloodthirsty creatures. A group of...
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Alexander Payne to direct adaptation of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Saga

Alexander Payne has already helmed a pair of on-the-road movies (SIDEWAYS, NEBRASKA), and according to Thompson On Hollywood , he has signed on for another road trip flick. The site is reporting that Payne is attached to direct MY SAGA, a big screen adaptation of Karl Ove Knausgaard's 2015 two-part New York Times Magazine travel essay of the same name. The articles (which...
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First image from Cell starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson

The latest Stephen King adaptation, CELL, has released its first image today and readers of the book should be able to piece together what kind of chaos is taking place here. Clarius Entertainment announced today that they have acquired the U.S. rights to the upcoming horror thriller based on Stephen King ‘s best-selling novel. King also adapted the screenplay for the film...
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Epix to show the color version of Nebraska despite Alexander Payne's wishes

One of the best films to come out last year was Alexander Payne ’s fantastic black and white film NEBRASKA. The story is about a booze-addled father played masterfully by Bruce Dern that makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I urge you to do so...
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Review: Nebraska

PLOT: A son takes his old father on a trip to claim what the latter believes will be a million dollar fortune - but the son knows is just a scam. REVIEW: Alexander Payne does this better than anyone. The stories of the sad sacks who are afraid of watching their life slip away; the compromised, aging men who finally realize that they maybe could have done more - for their...
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The trailer for Alexander Payne's Nebraska wants to scam your heart

Alexander Payne has built quite a nice filmography with CITIZEN RUTH, ELECTION, ABOUT SCHMIDT, SIDEWAYS, and THE DESCENDANTS. His latest film, NEBRASKA, also marks his first directorial effort for which he did not contribute to the screenplay. That being said, the movie has been garnering lots of acclaim and was in the running for the Palm D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival....
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New details and image from Alexander Payne's Nebraska with Bruce Dern and Will Forte

Writer/Director Alexander Payne is one of the most original filmmakers working today who is rarely recognized for it. He's a bit under the radar, due largely to the fact that his films usually start off as non-commercial fare, like an odd indie pic, but then suddenly pick up steam when said films are nominated for a boatload of awards. Most recently, Payne took home a Best...
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Awfully Good: Escape from L.A.

For a while I had decided my potential firstborn son would be named Kurt Russell Adams. After much feedback deeming that too silly and/or cruel, I've decided to go with Jack Burton Adams. Thanks for all your support Escape From L.A. (1996) Director: John Carpenter Stars: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Cliff Robertson Is there a plot? Snake Plissken is back...
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