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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.

January 13, 2010

The Girl Who Played Bestselling Literary Heroines 2

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As Stieg Larsson’s thrillers hit the screen, speculation on who will play the leading lady.

January 12, 2010

Pandora’s Box: Avatar Sparks Debate in China 5

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Chinese viewers see parallels between the movie’s plot and one of the nation’s most prominent social issues: the forced removal of Chinese citizens from their homes for government development projects.

January 8, 2010

Avatar: Dances with Clichés 20

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If this was a screen saver, you’d have to say James Cameron did one heck of a job. Unfortunately, it is a film and all the other aspects feel glossed over.

December 18, 2009

Holiday Film Review: The Road As Incarnation 1

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If the novel moved you, that’s the main reason to see The Road in film version.

December 10, 2009

The Holy Trinity: Three Iraq War Films Define a New Apolitical Aesthetic 5

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For the last five years, movies about America’s various Middle East conflicts have been, broadly speaking, polemical, didactic, and forgettable. Then came The Hurt Locker, The Messenger, and now Brothers.

November 13, 2009

Precious and Pain 4

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Precious is much more than an exposé of poverty or an argument against government aid. It earns its optimism, if only because the labors necessary to achieve that hope are so awful.

November 6, 2009

This Is Michael Jackson 12

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What could be more compelling than film footage of the King of Pop so clearly not meant for our eyes?