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Mixed Notes, Aug. 2: "Total Recall" Review, Mailbag, Sight & Sound Poll, More (Updated)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 2, 2012

My review of the new "Total Recall" is here. I will not pretend that the original was a great movie, but it was a grand, splendidly dumb action cartoon in the vein of director Paul Verhoeven's "Robocop." The new one is just a lot of noise and action, glum and characterless.

Sight & Sound has releasedits latest poll of the greatest films of all time. "Citizen Kane" has been bumped from the top spot by "Vertigo," which I would not even rank as the best Hitchcock. (Better than "Rear Window"? I think not.) 

Speaking of lists, here's a fun one: actors' best hiatus beards.

The latest mailbag is here.

An excellent correction of the New York Times' Gore Vidal obit is here. (HT to Romenesko.)

UPDATE: My friend and UA colleague Robert Balla invited me to write for his publication, Buried Letter Press, about the issue of movie quality vs. TV quality. You can read the result here.

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