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"He's best known for his westerns, which traditionally are sagas about how civilization begins, how ruthless and cynical men rip it out of the throat of the wilderness," writes Peter Keough in the Boston Phoenix. "But the end of civilization is what really fascinated Sergio Leone, and the poison within that undoes every would-be paradise. Death and doom and dark hilarity overshadow his films, not just the westerns, but all of them, which are on view this month in a two-week retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive. From his first directorial effort, The Colossus of Rhodes (1961; screens November 13 at 4:30 pm), to the script about the 900-day siege of Leningrad that he left behind when he died in 1989 at the age of 60, Sergio Leone showed us how the world ends — be it by the slow brutal murder of a modern city, or the catastrophic destruction of an ancient one."

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Community Cast Discuss Season Finale

Josh Holloway, best known as hunky con-man castaway Sawyer on Lost, will be joining Community for their two-part season finale. This morning, E! Online posted some quotes from the cast today about the finale and working with Mr. Holloway.

Producers have teased that the finale will have a “Sergio Leone homage.” Well, just who is Sergio Leone? He's the Italian film director / screenwriter best known for his association with the “Spaghetti western” genre. His films include The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in America and The Colossus of Rhodes.

Joel McHale (Jeff Winger) on the theory that Holloway is one of the only guys who would be believable as someone cooler than Jeff: "I agree fully with that theory, because he is cooler than me, just by walking in a room, and Jeff is a little unhappy about it. Or happy about it. Maybe he
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Jay’s Year Of Movie Watching

So last year I joined Twitter and desperately struggled to figure out a good use for it. Assuming most people following my account might come from the Film Junk podcast, I thought it might be an idea platform to keep track of what films I've been watching and what ratings I give them. My first post was March 9th, 2009 with David Cronenberg's The Brood (3.5/4) and since then I've managed to check out a good number of great films over the last year. (Jacques Tati's Play Time and Wim Wender's Paris, Texas are definitely two stand outs on this list.) Many of these are first time viewings, but a there are also a lot of movies I just felt the urge to revisit. So what do you think? Any favourites? Have a look for yourself after the jump! The Brood, (Cronenberg, 1979) 3.5/4 Operation Crossbow (Anderson, 1965) 3.5/4 Watchmen, (Snyder, 2009) 3/4 Pontypool, (McDonald, 2008) 4/4 Pinocchio,
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Film Junk Podcast Episode #236: Tiff Report, Part 2

0:00 - Intro 1:15 - R.I.P. Patrick Swayze 5:30 - Tiff Review: The Road 17:55 - Tiff Review: Jennifer's Body 23:35 - Tiff Review: Survival of the Dead 33:20 - Tiff Review: My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 52:50 - Tiff Review: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 1:06:10 - Tiff Review: Up in the Air 1:13:50 - Tiff Review: [Rec] 2 1:19:25 - Tiff Review: Life During Wartime 1:33:00 - Other Stuff We Watched: Bitch Slap, Whip It, Vengeance, Defendor, Solomon Kane, Solitary Man, Daybreakers, Monterey Pop, The Colossus of Rhodes, Grace, Fanboys, Community, Glee, Archer, Survivor 2:03:05 - Junk Mail: The Het Voice Mail 2:06:40 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:08:30 - Outro » Download the MP3 (60 Mb) [1] » View the show notes [2] » Vote for us on Podcast Alley! [3] Subscribe to the podcast feed: [4] [5] [6] [7] Donate via Paypal: Recurring Donation $2/Month: [1] http://www.
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