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Beat the Devil (1953) Directed by John Huston Like in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Humphrey Bogart is a globe-trotting fortune hunter out to plunder the developing world like a Conrad antihero who grew up playing stickball—here, he and dreamy-divine wife Gina Lollobrigida are en route to a shady uranium fortune somewhere in Africa. Like in The Maltese Falcon, he’s racing for his MacGuffin in unfriendly competition with a seedy gallery of expatriate character actors...
The King of Comedy (1982) Directed by Martin Scorsese A belated twin to Taxi Driver, and the missing link between The Shining and Larry Sanders. In scouring-brush mustache and a ghastly succession of leisure suits, De Niro’s Rupert Pupkin fixates on—and ultimately kidnaps—a Carson-like TV host played by Jerry Lewis. The comic’s performance is one of masterful and astringent stillness, as precisely controlled as the seemingly spontaneous pratfalls and vocal tics that made his reputation, his...
Annika Zee is a 22-year-old self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Toronto, Zee now lives in New York and is releasing her debut tape Aging Aesthetics in December. It's a great time for bright new artists to burst forth, since the fourth quarter tends to be more sparsely populated while everyone gears up for the next year -- though Rihanna is gearing up to buck that trend a bit. Still, Zee is the kind of artist...