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Big Question: What was the first R-rated film you saw?” — Drew McWeeny gets answers from several prominent filmmakers and comic book creators while adding some commentary on the side. (Mine was Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life which I rented because I liked The Holy Grail, not realizing there would be songs about sperm and breasts everywhere. Which is why I started it while my mother was in the next room, then freaked out.)

A Letter to Travis Beacham” — A young scientist thanks the Pacific Rim for writing scientist characters that are heroes instead of spindly losers who get in the hero’s way. (h/t Scott Weinberg)

Farewell, Philip French: The film critic’s critic answers your questions” — Five decades of film wisdom distilled by the irascible Guardian appreciator.

Why It Took Seven Years to See Mandy Lane” — The (nearly) complete story on how a festival favorite was bought on the spot, shelved, sold, stunted and finally screened.

Fan fiction movies: A new trend with old roots” — Jen Chaney at The Dissolve bemoans the recycled nature of fan fiction that worms its way into novels (and then movies) while acknowledging copycat-ism as a historical reality.

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