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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?

November 6, 2009

One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: A Review 5

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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

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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.

September 11, 2009

Birdie’s the Word: Mad Men’s Pop Culture References 3

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The characters in Mad Men react emotionally to the media they consume, just like we do in real life.

August 28, 2009

Inglourious Basterds: Les Neiges d’Antan en Feu 2

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Neutrality is not an option.

August 19, 2009

Inter Alia #18: Julia Child and the Ethical Appeal 5

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Julia Child turns out not only to have been a kind of unfussy feminist; she was also a terrific writer.

August 18, 2009

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Men World 3

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Draper without a double life just wouldn’t be Draper.

July 25, 2009

A First Look Through the Looking Glass: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 2

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Tim Burton and Disney have released the first images of Burton’s forthcoming (March 2010) take on Lewis Carroll’s 19th century children’s classic Alice in Wonderland – and they’re spectacular. Johnny Depp will play the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter (also Burton’s wife) will play the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway will play the White Queen, and […]