Sunday, March 13 2011
The implied pedagogical theories undergirding both Buffy and Giles's guidance of her evince a particularly American pragmatic understanding of the learning process.
Sunday, June 13 2010
Originally conceived as a silent film, Blackmail was quickly converted to sound, making it the first British talkie. To accommodate theaters that were not equipped for sound, it was reissued as a silent film. The differences in the two versions are here compared.
Thursday, May 13 2010
Fringe is The X-Files new and improved for viewers with shorter attention spans and an appetite for more gadgets and less paper work, more super geniuses and fewer bureaucrats, higher body counts and less verisimilitude, more answers and fewer questions.
Wednesday, October 29 2008
After a decade in which the dissemination of powerful images of human suffering—911, Abu Ghraib, Darfur, Iraq, New Orleans—have had little impact on changing the status quo, it’s hard to grudge Romero for his pessimism.
Sunday, July 6 2014
There’s no scenery chewing in All That Heaven Allows, just very eloquent décor.
Tuesday, June 3 2014
The grand-daddy of college comedies, The Freshman makes a compelling case for the relevance of silent film.
Tuesday, April 22 2014
Collaborators and admirers provide an enlightening, but at times opaquely idiosyncratic assessment of the maverick French filmmaker.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
Valley Girls Sam and Reggie’s skills make them much more adaptable to a future that values spontaneity and spunk over brains and bookishness.
Wednesday, October 2 2013
A Dutch colonial on Long Island has become the nexus for all the fears and anxieties attendant on the cornerstone of the American Dream: the family home.
Wednesday, December 15 2010
It’s always impressive when a director can imbue silverware with horror.
Monday, November 22 2010
The sound of a room full of 20-year-olds singing “when you’re dead” over and over again, while Flynn provided harmony, made for an exhilarating end to an unforgettable evening.