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Sunday, March 5 2006

Oscar, and (His) Agenda

This year's Oscars looks set to be one of those rarest of Oscar years: the attempt at a statement.


Tuesday, January 24 2006

Art and Artifice

Trends, fads and formulas -- the stuff of modern cinema. This month's To Be Seen looks back at how Hollywood came to this place, and reflects on a time when a 'movie' and a 'film' were not two different artistic ideals.


Monday, December 5 2005

Goodbye to Love

Romance -- or more specifically, the Romantic Comedy -- isn't dead; it's just been relegated to the '90s as said decade's defining genre de jour.


Monday, October 31 2005

UN-dermining Hollywood

Wood sheds light on the recent UN resolution allowing countries more control over their cultural heritage -- and how that might impact the billions of box office dollars flowing into Hollywood coffers.


Tuesday, October 4 2005

Turning In, Tuning Out

Many directors have used tried and tested avant-garde techniques to bolster the suspension of disbelief in editing, in camerawork, in sound design, and in narrative. But the single greatest gift to the escapist film comes from an altogether separate medium: music.


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