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Kick-Ass—Matthew Vaughan—2010

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“Twenty years ago my parents wouldn’t know who the X-Men were, and now everybody knows that stuff…It means that deconstruction of the superhero is something you can do. All those movies have led to a point where we can finally have ‘Watchmen’ with a Superman character who doesn’t want to save the world and a […]

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Death Proof—Quentin Tarantino—2007

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Since Jackie Brown was released in 1997, Quentin Tarantino has steadily lost favor with the critics who originally anointed him the savior of cinema. They roasted Death Proof in particular, and it tanked at the box office. Although QT later said he was “proud of his flop,” I’m not satisfied with the lackluster critical reaction […]