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

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck


Monday, January 10 2011

The Worst Films of 2010

When Hollywood delivers the stink bombs, they are strident in their creative stench. Need proof? Just check out the ten titles below.

Monday, August 20 2007

The Lives of Others: Almost Complete Control

Under the heavy, grey tread of Stasi control, made more brutal by the friends, family and neighbors recruited to spy on one another, Art, though trampled, will send out tendrils of subversive inspiration.


Tuesday, March 22 2011

'The Tourist' Suffers from a Power Outtage, Despite the Wattage of Its Stars

Though star wattage doesn't hurt The Tourist, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's surprising lack of chemistry dooms an already dismal film.

Thursday, December 9 2010

'The Tourist': Still in the Same Place

It's slow going, but not entirely unpleasant to watch Johnny Depp, even when he's mostly standing around and pondering the great beauty of Venice or Elise.

Thursday, February 8 2007

The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) (2006)

In East Berlin 1984, Gerd Wiesler believes in what he does. A Stasi captain and surveillance expert, he implacably pursues his directive, "to know everything."


Thursday, December 9 2010

Hitting the Pause Button: 'The Tourist'

The Tourist is a limp Vogue layout: easy on the eyes, completely devoid of anything else.

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