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January 26, 2010

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

November 6, 2009

One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: A Review 5


The promise of this foul enterprise lurked in every high school year book page, in every reference to the mad ones and the roman candles and the burning sensation.

November 4, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are: The Best Short Film of 2009 13


Spike Jonze says that this is a film about childhood, not necessarily a film for children. If he is talking about the trailer, he is absolutely right.