12 Years a Slave

America, Slavery, and McQueen and Tarantino's Two Very Different Movies | 11 Feb 2014 // 8:14 PM

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

The Best Female Film Performances of 2013 | 7 Jan 2014 // 8:16 PM

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.


'12 Years a Slave' Is Harrowing and Illuminating | 21 Oct 2013 // 4:15 AM

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.


Armond White: Asshole, or Activist? | 9 Jan 2014 // 5:00 AM

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

In Praise of the One-Scene Performance: An Interview with Alfre Woodard | 7 Nov 2013 // 3:00 AM

"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.


'12 Years a Slave' puts spotlight on Hollywood's approach to race | 6 Mar 2014 // 3:00 AM

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

Six Top Directors Discuss How Memorable Moviemaking Is Often the Result of Learning from Mistakes | 6 Jan 2014 // 2:51 AM

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

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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