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  • A Better Tomorrow II

    A Better Tomorrow II

    Chow Yun-Fat lighting money on fire in A BETTER TOMORROW: an iconic screen image that defines the height of the Hong Kong action wave
    Chow's character's twin brother sucking a flame from a lighter in A BETTER TOMORROW II: the most casually powerful image in a go-for-broke sequel

  • Tightrope

    Tightrope

    Eastwood marries Divorced Dad energy and sexual confusion in this sleazy N'awlins-set cop thriller. Nestle it gently alongside CRUISING, SHARKY'S MACHINE, and HARDCORE in the Horned-Up Detective Canon -- members of the moral majority need a little love, too.

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    "...For there is a man inside me, and only when he's finally out, I can walk free of pain."
    -- Tobias Fünke

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    Calling media "dated" as strictly a pejorative needs to stop. It implies that only contemporary works matter because they're about The Way We Live Now, ignoring the archival value of a cultural statement. Sure, there's a spectrum through which one can have this conversation, but it very often winds up as a dead-end. If there is a common complaint with Mann's work, it's that his attempts at staying in the vanguard of taste fossilize portions of his works in amber…