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Sunday, January 5 2014

The Best Films of 2013

After a shaky start, 2013 ended up a stellar cinematic year, covering subjects as varied as young love, '70s (and '80s and '90s) con men, our country's horrific history of slavery, and perhaps most importantly, giant robots battling equally elephantine alien monster.


Columns

Tuesday, December 10 2013

The Best Film Scores of 2013

This year saw no shortage of innovative, exciting film scores. Notes on Celluloid counts down the ten soundtracks that lingered the longest in our minds.


Reviews

Thursday, June 6 2013

Is Love Just an Addiction? 'Upstream Color'

In a time when films ask so little of their audience, Shane Carruth's masterpiece is a breath of fresh air.


Thursday, April 18 2013

'Upstream Color': A Metaphorical Exploration of What It Means to Have a Self

Upstream Color emulates the experience of trauma, as the personal turns abject and absolute, shaping all the rest of the victim's world and time going forward.


Wednesday, May 4 2005

Primer (2004)

As Shane Carruth notes, the time travelers are like 'kids in a clubhouse,' poking around because it's fun and vaguely new, which leaves them unprepared for what comes.


Thursday, October 14 2004

Primer (2004)

Even in sparse, low-budgeted, minimalism, time travel brings problems of causality, embodiedness, and ethics.


Blogs

Friday, November 15 2013

Best Supporting Actor, An Interview with Andrew Sensenig of 'Upstream Color'

In a film so full of meaning, fascinating ideas and a unique use of image and sound, Sensenig’s performance becomes perhaps the film’s most haunting element.


Friday, April 19 2013

Breaking the Cycle: 'Upstream Color'

For all its impenetrable possibilities, the most obvious thing one can say about Upstream Color is that it is great.


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