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Cinema Blind Spots: Blue Velvet (1986)

Austin takes a look at the 1986 cult classic “Blue Velvet.” Is it David Lynch’s masterpiece or master failure? Continue reading

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The Cooler

“The Cooler” was lost in the shuffle of Christmas releases in 2003, and it never gained the audience it deserved. It’s worth seeking out “The Cooler,” for the performances, as much as the script and James Whitaker cinematography – which lay bare the violent, uneasy marriage of the mob and the Vegas casino industry of the past. Continue reading

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Cinema Blind Spots: The Wild Bunch (1969)

Do you like violence, sexuality and political commentary? Check out what Austin says about “The Wild Bunch” (1969) after watching it for the first time! Continue reading

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Cinema Blind Spots: Out of Sight (1998)

Do you like Steven Soderbergh? Are you a fan of George Clooney? Austin kills two birds with one stone and tells you if “Out of Sight” is worth a must-see, or one to leave on the shelf. Continue reading

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Class of 1985: “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”

Despite its introduction of the immediately iconic Thunderdome arena, this Mad Max tale can’t quite bridge a directorial split. Continue reading

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Cinema Blind Spots: Patton (1970)

Despite its shortcomings, “Patton” is a time capsule that exhibits the 1950s studio epic aesthetic in a new 1970s style. Continue reading

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Cinema Blind Spots: My Winnipeg (2007)

What is “My Winnipeg”? Who is Guy Maddin? Austin tells you as he justifies this lesser-known, avant-garde documentary as a true blind spot. Continue reading

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Buried Treasures: What’s Up, Doc?

“What’s Up, Doc?” pays homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and ‘40s. But unlike Mel Brooks, director Peter Bogdanovich didn’t spoof screwball comedies. He actually made one! Continue reading

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Cinema Blind Spots: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Fourteen years ago, Steven Spielberg finished what Stanley Kubrick started before his death. How does “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” hold up today? Continue reading

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Cinema Blind Spots: Bullitt (1968)

Does Peter Yates’ 1968 classic “Bullitt” hold up today? Austin watches it for the first time and lets you know. Continue reading

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