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John Patterson

John Patterson

    Cinderella: Inspirational fairy tale for the Katy Perry generation
    Cinderella: Inspirational fairy tale for the Katy Perry generation
    I wonder what old dead Walt Disney might have made of Kenneth Branagh’s live-action remake of his classic animated 1950 version of Cinderella. Back then, it was still widely supposed that every girl’s dream was to marry a handsome prince and live happily ever after in a...
    How Hollywood softened us up for NSA surveillance
    How Hollywood softened us up for NSA surveillance
    Last week's NSA leaks scandal had a scary side-story: a poll found that many...
    Tarantino, connoisseur of trash
    Tarantino, connoisseur of trash
    Although we should probably now give up on the notion of Quentin Tarantino as a serious filmmaker, let us still gather here to praise him, not to...
    Canned hunting
    Canned hunting
    I'm framing up the Coen brothers as if they're appearing in one of their own movies. Joel, the taller, skinnier, more languid of the pair,...
    Into the sunset ...
    Into the sunset ...
    The western, as a thriving movie genre, is deader than Billy the Kid, Jesse James, John Ford and Sam Peckinpah put together.
    Playing president
    Playing president
    Give me strength. The Republicans want another actor to run for office. Will we never learn? We've already had Reagan, the star of Bedtime for...
    Clint's greatest work: Eastwood
    Clint's greatest work: Eastwood
    I think we need to get a sense of proportion about Clint Eastwood. Lately, I have heard critics repeatedly claiming Eastwood is America's finest...
    Clint's greatest work: Eastwood
    Clint's greatest work: Eastwood
    I think we need to get a sense of proportion about Clint Eastwood. Lately, I have heard critics repeatedly claiming Eastwood is America's finest...
    Box office bloopers
    Box office bloopers
    Much like the freshly castrated president of the United States, the chairmen of the Hollywood studios -- another breed now living in fear of the...
    The US has won the war against reality
    The US has won the war against reality
    Iraq for Sale, the latest documentary from Robert Greenwald, tells a depressingly familiar tale of corporate corruption and war-profiteering...
    'Gimme Moore' returns to the big screen
    'Gimme Moore' returns to the big screen
    It's five years since Demi Moore last made a movie anyone paid to see. That was GI Jane, back in 1997, and afterwards she more or less upped...
    Gayest Oscars
    Gayest Oscars
    Time once again for Hollywood to parade itself on prime-time television before an unimpressed nation and make a collective fool of itself. That's...