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Many Controls but No Master: ‘I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition’

The history of the modular synthesizer is one that involves competing origins, unwieldy equipment, aesthetic disputes, and the whims of business and art.

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The Passionate Objectivity of ‘Le joli mai’

The rare documentary that captures its subjects honestly while revealing the filmmakers' intentions with candor and humor, Le joli mai continues to charm and enlighten a half-century on.

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‘Laurence Anyways’, an Epic Transgender Romance, Sets the Standard

Laurence Anyways is indomitably rapturous, a film of epic proportions and probably the best and grandest depiction of a transgender relationship ever made.

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13 Sep 2013 // 5:00 PM

‘Salinger’ and the Hard Sell

The documentary Salinger does a decent job of filling in the blanks of the writer's already examined life. What it doesn't do is answer the most important question surrounding the scribe's life. Why?

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Love Comes to Town in Susan Choi’s Excellent ’ My Education’

When Regina Gottlieb arrives at graduate school, she is warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur. It's the perfect moment for the over-educated, highly intelligent girl to fall for her professor's wife.

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9 Jul 2013 // 11:04 PM

Lesbian: Forestelevision

Heavy metal band Lesbian's third full-length release stands with some of the best progressive metal epics, but could use some cleaner, less murky production to showcase their classical fused into the alloy that is Forestelevision.

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‘It Begins and Ends With Love’: A Conversation with Trans Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan

Best-selling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan discusses her new memoir in a conversation that explores the transformative power of storytelling, the redefinition of family values, and the radical potential of love.

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‘Doin’ It In the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC’: Trash Talk and Poetry

The film captures the sheer joy and the sincere commitment players bring to the battle, their mutual appreciation and their deep understanding of history.

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‘This Ain’t California’: Skateboarding, Filmmaking, and Finding Freedom

In Alexanderplatz, the skate punks find the perfect place to stretch out and fly, to resist and have fun, they find "corners, edges, and smooth surfaces everywhere: it was fantastic."

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points Episode II: The Force Behind the Scenes

With Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm already changing Star Wars, let's look at the prior behind the scene changes in the saga.

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20 Questions: Kate Bornstein

"I was a Scientologist for 12 years, which is a lot more embarrassing than saying Hi, I’m a transsexual SM dyke living with borderline personality disorder," Kate Bornstein tells PopMatters 20 Questions on the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.

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The Quest to Understand Tribe

This is supposed to be a documentary, not a fan letter. So how about some balance? It's big picture time when it comes to telling the story of hip-hop.

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‘Maxwell Street Blues’ Is a Toe-Tapping Time Capsule

Viewing Maxwell Street Blues paradoxically stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and elation. Much like what happens when singing the blues.

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Campy, Preachy, Dancey, Singy: ‘Glee: The Complete Second Season’

With characters coming and going faster than a mono outbreak amongst teens, the second season of Glee at its worst is uneven, and at its best finds a voice for gay youth.

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Connect the Dots: Transgender Narratives in Pop Culture

Transgender representation in modern film, television, and literature blurs the lines of gender, class, race and sexuality, which is precisely why trans narratives are still considered dangerous.

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The Museum of Modern Art Highlights ‘Images of War (At a Distance)’

Visual artist Harun Farocki's MoMA installation fuses images of war and violence with the documentary mode to create a bold, confrontational hybrid.

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100 Essential Directors - Francis Ford Coppola

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 2: Robert Bresson to David Cronenberg

Our second day of "100 Essential Directors" could loosely be described as one that defines "influential." Each of the auteurs sandwiched in between Robert Bresson and David Cronenberg has left a lasting mark on cinema, each employing a signature style that is unmistakable.

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Show Me Love: An Interview with Red Hot Organization Founder John Carlin

You probably own Dark Was the Night. Yet that double-disc epic is only one side of a story decades in the making, and with the new Red Hot + Rio 2, John Carlin is finding even more ways to merge pop culture with AIDS prevention ...

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What a Wonderful ‘Life’: An Interview with Director Oliver Schmitz

Life, Above All director Oliver Schmitz brings the best-selling novel Chanda's Secret to the big screen with a dazzling cast of African actresses. Schmitz chats with Nik Ruckert about the making of this universal South African tone poem about tolerance.

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Ubisoft Understands the Art of the Climb

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"Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Grow Home epitomize the art of the climb.

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