Thursday, May 2 2013
Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood, growing more distinct and ominous only as the decade wore on.
In Iron Man Three incoming director Shane Black presents us with a perfectly-crafted vision of Tony Stark that we didn't realize we needed to see, until now…
Wednesday, May 1 2013
Here comes another adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Why should this one succeed where its predecessors have failed?
Monday, April 29 2013
Within the first two weeks of the 2013 summer season, we'll see two of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. We'll also get more Hangover, some F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the (hopeful) return of M. Night Shyamalan to the ranks of legitimate filmmaker.
Tuesday, April 23 2013
Though it’s earned the tagline, “Norway’s This Is Spinal Tap”, Get Ready to Be Boyzvoiced is far more subtle than that, and much closer in tone to BBC’s The Office.
Monday, April 22 2013
We should have more thinking in our writing, even if it slows the normal process of reading to a useful crawl. Intellectual death has already claimed the distracted reader. May vital writers and their dwindling audiences always remain one paragraph ahead of the goon squad.
Wednesday, April 17 2013
In his latest work, Quentin Tarantino re-establishes his reputation as an experimental filmmaker, putting a revolver to the head of genre and gleefully pulling the trigger.
Thursday, April 11 2013
If it weren’t for the MPAA, we’d be unwittingly and constantly assaulted by bawdy puppets, bare bottoms, smoking caterpillars, quirky situations, irreverent humor and more (gasp!) much more, in our movie-going experiences.
Monday, April 8 2013
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
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
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
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
"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
Whatever Disney does to Star Wars, let's at least hope they keep its rough aesthetic.
Tuesday, March 5 2013
"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
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
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
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
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
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.