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Mean Streets, released in 1973, is considered Martin Scorsese’s early masterpiece. Still from Mean Streets, 1973

VIDEO: The five greatest Scorsese scenes – episode #2

Film scholar Bruce Isaacs dissects five classic Martin Scorsese scenes. In episode two, Isaacs looks at the opening credit sequence from the iconic 1973 film Mean Streets.
Harvey Keitel as J.R. in Martin Scorsese’s first film Who’s That Knocking at My Door? Still from Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)

VIDEO: The five greatest Scorsese scenes – episode #1

Film scholar Bruce Isaacs dissects five classic Scorsese scenes, beginning with the celebrated director's first film, Who's That Knocking At My Door?
Captain America (Chris Evans) takes on a political crisis – and some beautifully choreographed fight scenes – in Captain America: Civil War. Supplied

How Captain America: Civil War echoes our political anxieties

Superhero movies – at their best – reflect the political concems of our time. Captain America: Civil War is a two-and-a-half hour, action-packed critique of post-9/11 government overreach.
Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’’s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame. Nick Lehr/The Conversation

In today’s most popular shows, Shakespeare’s iconic characters live on

The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been praised for avoiding computer generated effects, but why does CGI deserve such a bad name? Image courtesy of Lucasfilm.

Friday essay: Star Wars, Mad Max and the ‘real’ vs digital effects furphy

A growing vocal minority blame poor computer generated images for 'ruining' the movies. But digital effects can co-exist with real sets and stunts - and films have always been fake.

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