Monthly Archives: June 2011

What’s on Michael Bay’s mind

The obvious answer to that question is of course simply “not much,” besides looking up women’s skirts and making stuff blow up real good. But although the guys doing funny internet videos at College Humor are often rather hit-and-miss, their … Continue reading

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Homoeroticism in Sergio Leone’s films

The one thing that always bothered me about the Sergio Leone mob epic Once Upon a Time in America was its twisted depiction of women. In Leone’s world, the classic Madonna/whore complex that is typical of many Italian narratives seems … Continue reading

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Awesome first trailer: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

I’ve always thought the much-maligned third installment in Tom Cruise’s ongoing Mission: Impossible was actually the best one yet. Sure, it suffered from some of the same foibles that would plague JJ Abrams’ subsequent (and far more successful) films as … Continue reading

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Forgotten Masterpieces #1: The Train (1964)

In the first entry in what will hopefully be a long-running series here at Dr. Dan’s Medicine, a closer look at films (and perhaps the occasional TV series) that in my opinion deserve a wider audience than they tend to … Continue reading

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Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 teaser

After the first season of the Martin Scorsese co-produced mob epic Boardwalk Empire somewhat miraculously succeeded in meeting those unusually high expectations, today’s release of the first teaser for its upcoming second season raises the bar once more for what … Continue reading

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NECS 2011: Fun around London Town

This year’s European Network of Cinema Studies (NECS) conference -my first- was great fun, taking place at three (!) college campuses around central London: King’s College, Birkbeck, and Regent’s College. As much walking as this entailed, it was good to … Continue reading

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Synecdoche: just say it!

I’m heading off to London later today for the annual NECS conference, where I’ll give a paper on Synecdoche, New York, one of my all-time favorite films. A surprising number of people I talk to aren’t quite sure how to … Continue reading

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