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    The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.

    — Gore Vidal

Triumph of the Shrill – Christopher Hitchens vs. Michael Moore on 9/11

A decade after Hitchens’ ballyhooed invasion, Iraq is a wretched basket case, a nation riddled with sectarian violence, religious extremism, ruined infrastructure, poverty, high rates of childhood cancer, and sheer human misery. The country is on the verge of disintegration.

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Alex Cox Responds to ‘Repo Man Meets Dr. Jung’

Ernest Callenbach, the editor of Film Quarterly, passed my essay/review of Repo Man along to director Alex Cox. To my great surprise, I received a very amusing, gracious, and thoughtful letter in response — which I’ve posted in its entirety below.   In actual fact I know almost nothing about the …

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Repo Man Meets Dr. Jung

  Written and directed by British filmmaker Alex Cox, Repo Man is a marvelously original and satiric look at the cultural wasteland of L.A.–the cutting edge of the future. What if Dr. Strangelove had gone in for car repossession rather than thermonuclear warfare? Toying with Hollywood cliches and genres–teen exploitation, …

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