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SPIN’s 10 Most Memorable Movie Characters of 2012

Slurring supervillains, drunken sailors, singing gamines, not-so-gentle Southern men: these were the characters who, after all had been said and screened, left the biggest impact…
David Fear / December 21, 2012

Grim Weepers: The Year Film Embraced the Dark Night

Decisions, decisions: A filmgoer had to make a lot of on-the-fly calls when they saddled up to the multiplex window and plopped down their stack…
David Fear / December 21, 2012

Nicole Kidman’s ‘The Paperboy’ and the Pleasures of Cheese

It starts with a cringe, the sour-faced expression that creeps across your face after you've sniffed particularly ripe fromage. Then comes the slow, sinking feeling…
David Fear / October 5, 2012

The Rise of the Bleakbuster: Why Are Big Summer Movies Such Bummers?

Every summer, it's the same ritual: multitudes flock to air-conditioned multiplexes to happily munch popcorn while watching the latest too-big-to-fail theatrical phenomenon. We can see…
David Fear / July 17, 2012

End of Daze: The Return of Religious Horror

When Linda Blair spewed pea soup and did some unmentionable things with a crucifix in The Exorcist, it was easy to place the blame: The…
David Fear / September 12, 2011

You’ve Got Male: How ‘Drive’ Resurrects Badassery

He sits behind the wheel of a getaway car, hands resting at three and nine o'clock. (Are those driving gloves he's wearing? The Euro-couture kind…
David Fear / August 14, 2011