Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Renée Scolaro Mora


Wednesday, July 20 2011

Ethical Backbone: An Interview with 'A Better Life' Director Chris Weitz

"The moment that you turn a camera on to a situation that is politically charged at all," Chris Weitz says,"Your film is going to be politicized in the minds of the people who watch it. And that’s okay."

Thursday, May 6 2010

Thomas Balmès Lingers Over His Babies With All the Dedication of a New Parent

"In 90 minutes," says Thomas Balmès, "you cannot give a clear understanding on almost any subject. If you are doing so, most of the time you’re going be simplifying it. Raising questions, I think, that is a big achievement."

Monday, May 3 2010

Virginia Is for French Film Lovers

The 18th Annual French Film Festival, running from 25-28 March, included presentations by 40 visiting French filmmakers and movies about a range of subjects -- about human and family relationships, immigration, gold mining, and the global economic crisis.

Tuesday, May 5 2009

“Timely Look”: Interview with Oliver Irving, director of How to Be

When Oliver Irving began writing How to Be in 2004, he couldn't know that when the film finally premiered at Slamdance four years later, his timing -- and casting of Robert Pattinson as his lead -- would be so fortuitous.

Wednesday, March 25 2009

Perfect Storms: The 11th Annual D.C. Independent Film Festival

On the first Saturday, I saw some 15 films, surviving on popcorn and a gallon of Diet Coke, bleary-eyed from taking notes by the light of my cell phone. By the time it was over, I had seen 35 -- a rewarding whirlwind.


Friday, May 24 2013

Julianne Moore Is in Class in 'The English Teacher'

Linda's (Julianne Moore) misreading of herself and her surroundings allows her some measure of solace and also structures The English Teacher.

Thursday, May 16 2013

'Erased': A Father's Past is Inescapable, or Is It?

Although Erased doesn't portray it particularly well, the question it raises is an intriguing one: who controls anyone's life narrative?

Saturday, April 14 2012

'The Mystery of Edwin Drood': Opium Dreams Lead to Self-Doubts

Like Charles Dickens' novel, this two-part presentation focuses less on the title character than his troubled uncle, John Jasper (Matthew Rhys), but it doesn't provide much in the way of a "mystery."

Saturday, March 31 2012

It's a Delight to Rediscover 'Great Expectations'

The benefactor business in Great Expectations raises questions concerning agency. The haves exert their power over the have-nots, at will or whim.

Thursday, February 2 2012

'The Woman in Black' Is an Old-Fashioned Ghost Story

Mrs. Drablow’s creepy, dilapidated mansion, Eel Marsh House, is the most fantastic haunted house imaginable, both attracting and repelling us.

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