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May 13, 2010

V: Lizard Aliens as a Social Reminder 15

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The latest TV hit: a 2010 sci-fi remake of a 1980s sci-fi hit, itself an adaptation of a 1935 novel warning against the growing threat of fascism. We live in a world where history repeats itself; where old ideas cloak themselves in various contemporary skins and pretty packages for each budding generation.

March 22, 2010

Navigating the Turbulence of “Up in the Air” 12

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If you ascribe to the notion that, more than anything, great art disturbs, Reitman has indeed crafted something lasting.

March 11, 2010

Tiny and Strange: Reinterpreting Alice 2

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Perhaps Lewis Carroll’s original story worked because it wasn’t about what it meant to be a woman at all. Instead, it was about a particular girl and her particularly curious adventures into a world of nonsense so unique there still hasn’t been a film version which has really done it justice.

March 8, 2010

The Best Picture Wins Best Picture 24

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My hope, in the end, is that the incessant hype around Avatar didn’t simply annoy voters until they voted against it, out of nothing more than spite.

March 5, 2010

The Audience, The Accused: Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon 3

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Already the winner of the Golden Globe, the The White Ribbon should win the Oscar, which considering director Michael Haneke’s anti-Hollywood stance, may surprise some viewers.

March 1, 2010

Happily Ever After: Husband and Wife discuss “The Bachelor” 1

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My question to you is why does “The Bachelor” — a show with a largely female audience — continue to enforce these sexist stereotypes of what a women can (and in some cases, should) be?

February 27, 2010

Father, Son, and Silver Screen: David Gilmour’s The Film Club 1

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With a novelist’s attention to detail and a film buff’s ear for dialogue, this is a gripping tale of a father and son.

January 29, 2010

Brodsky’s Cat: Andrey Khrzhanovsky’s A Room and a Half 2

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A Room and a Half not only allows for the fictional Brodsky’s particular nostalgia, but seems to suggest it as the indispensable poetic impulse.

January 28, 2010

Circular Dread: The Narrative Pleasures of Damages 1

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Nominally a legal drama, the Damages’ serpentine plotting and titrated flashes of violence make it a first-rate thriller, and Glenn Close plays her quasi-villain to the hilt.

January 26, 2010

Nobody Wants to Go Home: A Unified Theory of Reality TV 10

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The Real World may be the most important show of a generation. Its first two seasons contain the seeds of all reality television, as well some elements that would find their way into today’s most successful scripted programming.