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Dead Right: How Dirty Harry Captured the ’70s Culture Wars

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Part I.

1971 was an incredibly violent year for movies. That year saw, among others, Tom Laughlin’s Billy Jack, with its half-Indian hero karate-chopping rednecks; William Friedkin’s The French Connection, its dogged cops stymied by well-heeled drug runners; Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, banned for the copycat crimes it reportedly inspired; and Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, featuring the most controversial rape in cinema history. Every bloody shooting, sexual assault and death by penis statue reflected a world gone mad.

It seemed a reaction to America’s skyrocketing crime. Between 1963 and 1975, violent crimes tripled; riots, robberies and assassinations racked major cities. The antiwar and Civil Rights movements generated violent offshoots like the Weathermen and Black Panthers. Citizens blamed politicians like New York Mayor John Lindsay (the original “limousine liberal”), who proclaimed “Peace cannot be imposed on our cities by force of arms,” and Earl Warren’s Supreme Court,
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Looking back at D.A.R.Y.L.

A military cyborg boy goes on the run in the 80s family sci-fi, D.A.R.Y.L. Ryan takes a look back at a decent movie with a misleading poster...

Ah, D.A.R.Y.L. One of the less commonly discussed family movies of the 80s, but one firmly lodged in my mind, largely because of its poster and subsequent videotape cover. Depicting a small boy at the helm of an Sr-71 Blackbird (inarguably the coolest aircraft ever designed), it immediately captured my youthful imagination.

Imagine my disappointment, then, when I discovered that D.A.R.Y.L. is not an all-action adventure about a kid hurtling about in a stolen aircraft, but a fairly low-key drama about a cyborg child slowly integrating into normal family life. The aircraft theft only occurs in the final reel, and is mere minutes long - if you thought the aerial action in Firefox came along disappointingly late in the show, as I did,
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Ray Wise in X-Men: First Class, Nicholas Hoult up for Jack The Giant Killer

The Socio-political themes and allegories of the X-Men movies demand that the government plays a part in the stories.

The first film, back in 2000, gave us Senator Kelly (Bruce Davison) and a cameo from Henry Gyrich (Matthew Sharp); the second film saw more of the Senator and a Us president played by Cotter Smith; and the third brought us a new president (Josef Sommer), head of Homeland Security Bolivar Trask (Bill Duke) and Kelsey Grammer's Dr Hank McCoy/Beast as Secretary of Mutant Affairs.

X-Men: First Class needs a political figure too and into that role has stepped Ray Wise, the latest cast member to join the ensemble production.

Wise - who played the vice-president in 24 and The Devil in Reaper - tells IGN: "I'm playing the Secretary of State of the United States. I'll be going over there (to the Pinewood film set) in the next couple of weeks.
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[DVD Review] The Elephant King

Completed in 2006, it took The Elephant King three years to hit DVD, after spending its first two years touring the festival rounds. It’s one of those films that seem to belong only in film festivals, playing for a curious and typically forgiving artistic crowd, where its lofty storytelling and derelict characters would be better appreciated.

The intention is noble and reasonably sound—it’s a movie showing the other side of those “finding one’s self by traveling” stories. Often, these movies are about unhappy westerners who trot off to far-end foreign lands; discovering love, friendship, life lessons and destiny. The usual backpacker bullshit. In its own overwrought way, The Elephant King does explore something closer to reality, of young men wanting to escape from their responsibilities back home and party in a third world atmosphere where they as the White American enjoy the luxury of superiority over the exploitation of peasant locals,
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"The Elephant King" - Two Clips and a New Gallery Added.

In indie features, we have two clips, new images, the poster have been added for Unison Films' "The Elephant King" starring Ellen Burstyn, Tate Ellington, Florence Faivre, Jonno Roberts and Josef Sommer. This drama/romance sees limited release on October 17th in New York and on October 24th in Los Angeles. It marked the feature-length directorial debut for writter by Seth Grossman. From the producers of the Sundance flick "Eagle vs. Shark," comes a vision of lust jealousy, love as well as learning what one's place is on earth. This drama/romance sees limited release on October 17th in New York and on October 24th in Los Angeles. It marked the feature-length directorial debut for writter by Seth Grossman. From the producers of the Sundance flick "Eagle vs. Shark," comes a vision of lust jealousy, love as well as learning what one's place is on earth.
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"The Elephant King" - Two Clips and a New Gallery Added.

In indie features, we have two clips, new images, the poster have been added for Unison Films' "The Elephant King" starring Ellen Burstyn, Tate Ellington, Florence Faivre, Jonno Roberts and Josef Sommer. This drama/romance sees limited release on October 17th in New York and on October 24th in Los Angeles. It marked the feature-length directorial debut for writter by Seth Grossman. From the producers of the Sundance flick "Eagle vs. Shark," comes a vision of lust jealousy, love as well as learning what one's place is on earth. This drama/romance sees limited release on October 17th in New York and on October 24th in Los Angeles. It marked the feature-length directorial debut for writter by Seth Grossman. From the producers of the Sundance flick "Eagle vs. Shark," comes a vision of lust jealousy, love as well as learning what one's place is on earth.
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"The Elephant King" - Two Clips and a New Gallery Added.

In indie features, we have two clips, new images, the poster have been added for Unison Films' "The Elephant King" starring Ellen Burstyn, Tate Ellington, Florence Faivre, Jonno Roberts and Josef Sommer. This drama/romance sees limited release on October 17th in New York and on October 24th in Los Angeles. It marked the feature-length directorial debut for writter by Seth Grossman. From the producers of the Sundance flick "Eagle vs. Shark," comes a vision of lust jealousy, love as well as learning what one's place is on earth. The Clips: See the gallery! What's this about? The Elephant King is a provocative and stirring story of two American brothers, Oliver and Jake Hunt, adrift in an exotic world they don't fully understand. The film stars Academy Award® Winner Ellen Burstyn as a domineering mother who dispatches her young, introverted son Oliver (Tate Ellington) off to Thailand to do everything
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"The Elephant King" - Two Clips and a New Gallery Added.

In indie features, we have two clips, new images, the poster have been added for Unison Films' "The Elephant King" starring Ellen Burstyn, Tate Ellington, Florence Faivre, Jonno Roberts and Josef Sommer. This drama/romance sees limited release on October 17th in New York and on October 24th in Los Angeles. It marked the feature-length directorial debut for writter by Seth Grossman. From the producers of the Sundance flick "Eagle vs. Shark," comes a vision of lust jealousy, love as well as learning what one's place is on earth. This drama/romance sees limited release on October 17th in New York and on October 24th in Los Angeles. It marked the feature-length directorial debut for writter by Seth Grossman. From the producers of the Sundance flick "Eagle vs. Shark," comes a vision of lust jealousy, love as well as learning what one's place is on earth.
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