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Monday, April 8 2013

The Pop Culture Death Trap, Part 4: Projections

Who will be our next dead celebrity? Does it matter? Regardless of who, as Joseph Conrad suggested, we each remain loyal to the nightmare of our choosing.


Thursday, April 4 2013

Beyond Genocide: Stanley Kubrick’s Revisitation of Pagan Myth in ‘The Shining’

The walls and the foundations of the bright world of heroes – be they Greek, Celtic or American – are covered in blood, and they will stay red ‘forever and ever and ever.’


Wednesday, April 3 2013

Portraits of Love and Death: Godard’s Nostalgic Cinema in ‘Le Mépris’

A half century later Godard's Contempt still captivates audiences. Contempt is not as simplistic as it may appear; it is not a mere telling of rejection but of absolute dissolution, of modernized romance and the failings of modernity.


Thursday, March 21 2013

New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut

As a critic, curator, journalist, and scholar, B. Ruby Rich has been inextricably linked to the New Queer Cinema from its inception. Her book follows this cinematic movement from its origins in the mid-‘80s to the present.


Monday, March 18 2013

“Just Walk Into That Cloud”: Finding Bhutan in Books and Film

"Happy peasants in bountiful fields. A King who's too good to be true.... I'm making photos, shooting video and collecting stories. Everybody in Bhutan's got a story -- some of them might even be true."


Thursday, March 7 2013

Go Ahead, Disney… Rough Up ‘Star Wars’

Whatever Disney does to Star Wars, let's at least hope they keep its rough aesthetic.


Tuesday, March 5 2013

Table Talk with Tom Colicchio, Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush

"If we want to see change, we have to make hunger a voting issue in America." -- Jeff Bridges, Academy Award Winner & founder of End Hunger Network


Sunday, February 24 2013

The Pop Culture Death Trap Part 2: The Death of Beauty

Despite having seen it all before – the rock star and the blonde actress – we look on each such instance of celebrity death with the same mixture of surprise, curiosity, horror, and glee. Pop culture reflects our capacity to simultaneously ignore death and make of it an obsession.


Thursday, February 21 2013

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.


Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.


Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Wednesday, January 23 2013

The Worst Films of 2012

When movies are mediocre, they're maddening. But when they are as bad as the selections here, you can't help but question the artform's overall validity.


Tuesday, January 22 2013

The 2012 Horror Film Awards

The best scares aren't the cheap ones, where the cat jumps out of a closet, but rather, those moments that make your heart race.


Monday, January 21 2013

The Best Independent / International Films of 2012

When you think outside the box, it's amazing how novel and inventive your thoughts become. Same applies in film. These examples of beyond the mainstream moviemaking shine as creative and experimental entertainments.


Sunday, January 20 2013

The Best Guilty Pleasure Films of 2012

As much as we hate to admit it, these addictive missteps captured our attention in ways cinema shouldn't. Others will condemn them. We can't complain... not at all.


Monday, January 14 2013

Films Facing Reality in 2012

The only movie of 2012 that makes a strong case for America being a cohesive social body with moral purpose binding it together is Lincoln. For those keeping track, that film is set 147 years ago.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Monday, January 7 2013

The Best Comic Book Moments in 2012 Movies

The comic book movie boom we've been riding for a little over a decade now has shown no signs of going bust. If anything, the boom is only getting bigger and more comic-bookish.


Sunday, January 6 2013

The Best Female Film Performances of 2012

From a precocious young girl bravely battling the elements to much older women waging war with their own demons, 2012 was a standout year for actresses, with these being some of the very, very best.


Wednesday, December 5 2012

Most of Us Don’t Need to Put Labels on It: An Interview with Aurora Guerrero

"I am excited about the fact that my presence at Sundance is inspiring a lot of people," says Aurora Guerrero. "It is an opening of a door. It is, 'Yes, you can!'”


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