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Tuesday, February 11 2014

America, Slavery, and McQueen and Tarantino's Two Very Different Movies

12 Years a Slave is every bit as intense as one might imagine, though not completely depressing, whereas Django Unchained aestheticizes its extreme violence.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

The Best Female Film Performances of 2013

It was a particularly strong year for women in film. These sensational performances remind us that, when all is said and done, it's character and how an actor or actress creates them that matters as much to a movie as a script, a director, or an idea.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

The Best Male Film Performances of 2013

The best male film performances highlight how masculinity, managed within a more considered and complete character overview, can turn even the most rugged rogue into an equally strong if sensitive cinematic center.


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.


Reviews

Monday, October 21 2013

'12 Years a Slave' Is Harrowing and Illuminating

12 Years a Slave invites you to see all at once (and so, feel overwhelmed) and to grasp how trauma is incremental, molding expectations as it crushes souls.


Blogs

Thursday, January 9 2014

Armond White: Asshole, or Activist?

Armond White allegedly heckled Steve McQueen at the recent NYFCC Awards ceremony... and people are surprised by this?


Thursday, November 7 2013

In Praise of the One-Scene Performance: An Interview with Alfre Woodard

"As an actor, trying to do the best you can on a film, you think, do I say thank you or fuck you?" -- Alfre Woodard.


Thursday, October 24 2013

Best Supporting Actress: An Interview with 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o

"The thought of doing Patsey in a method way would have destroyed me. Destroyed me. And I felt that I owed it to Patsey’s spirit to enjoy my freedom."


Wednesday, October 23 2013

"Truth" vs. "Exploitation": The Violence in '12 Years a Slave'

Those who can't see 12 Years a Slave for what it is are destined to deny its import. If it needs to "exploit" a subject to get people to pay attention, so be it.


Friday, October 18 2013

'12 Years a Slave' is a Masterpiece

About the closest anyone has come to this is level of confrontation is Steven Spielberg with Schindler's List, or even better, Spike Lee with his incendiary Bamboozled.


News

Thursday, March 6 2014

'12 Years a Slave' puts spotlight on Hollywood's approach to race

LOS ANGELES — Was it ultimately a race about race? The best picture Oscar is meant to honor the year’s greatest achievement in film, and “12


Monday, January 6 2014

Six Top Directors Discuss How Memorable Moviemaking Is Often the Result of Learning from Mistakes

They are among the season’s most acclaimed directors. But if you ask the six filmmakers who participated in The Envelope’s fifth annual Directors


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