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Match Cuts: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (photo)

Match Cuts: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

In Match Cuts, we examine every available version of a film, and decide once and for all which is the one, definitive cut worth watching. This week, in honor of J.J. Abrams’ Spielbergian small-town alien mystery movie “Super 8,” we’re looking at Steven Spielberg‘s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” EDITIONS: –Theatrical Cut (1977): 135 […]

Seven memorable movie autopsies. (photo)

Seven memorable movie autopsies.

While police procedurals have made autopsy montages a common thing on television, on the big screen they’re a little rarer. An autopsy isn’t the pleasantest thing in the world to watch — for the squeamish or unspeakably scared-of-death, the camera’s relentless gaze is a hard thing to hang with. That also automatically makes an autopsy […]

The potetry of “Leaves of Grass.” (photo)

The potetry of “Leaves of Grass.”

Reviewed at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. At the intersection of pot and poetry, at a place we might as well dub “potetry,” lies Tim Blake Nelson’s “Leaves of Grass.” Pot movies, like potheads, have a tendency to wax philosophical — this one has an actual philosophy lecture. In it, Brown classics professor Bill Kincaid […]