Category Archives: film

My Take on the Best Picture Category at the Oscars

Best Picture Nominees Amour (Michael Haneke) Argo (Ben Affleck) Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin) Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino) Les Miserables (Tom Hooper) Life of Pi (Ang Lee) Lincoln (Steven Spielberg) Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell) Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow)

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In ‘Marfa Girl’, Larry Clark Makes You Stay for the Lecture

Perhaps symptomatically, the most interesting aspect of American independent cinema’s foremost enfant terrible Larry Clark’s latest film, Marfa Girl, has to do with its method of distribution. Clark, a consistently provocative chronicler of outlaw teenagers steeped in sex, drugs, violence and a restless … Continue reading

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Survive To Tell

“This isn’t gonna be cured for years and years and years. I’m gonna die from this”, says the disillusioned young activist up on the screen. But Peter Staley, co-founder of the activist group ACT UP and one of the main … Continue reading

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Quitting While You’re Ahead?

Sometimes I’m not quite sure if I actually like Quention Tarantino. Sure, I recognize that he is an important filmmaker: an original and audacious auteur with the camera; an unpredictable cinephile whose heart beats for a particular blend of low … Continue reading

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Ten Favorites From the 2012 Bergen International Film Festival

Every year, in anticipation of the Bergen International Film Festival, I ask myself a variation of the same question: What do I want out of it this year? Last year was a special case, and more than anything I needed … Continue reading

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‘Perks’ Gets a Trailer

My two most anticipated movies of the year released trailers recently. Yes, it will be exciting to see Andrew Garfield as The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Jackson returns with The Hobbit, and I’m just as excited as the next guy about … Continue reading

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My Mood Piece on ‘Titanic’

One of the many pleasures of rewatching movies is that you discover somethng new every time. And I don’t mean just what’s on screen. Repeated exposure to what you thought was a familiar narrative will reveal things you hadn’t noticed … Continue reading

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Could The ‘Bully’ Controversy Help Avoid Future Movie Rating Debacles?

It’s easy to say you hate censorship in any, or at least most, forms. I don’t think anyone, except the most strident social moralists would explicitly endorse systematic censorship, if only because it is so very hard to agree on … Continue reading

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“We were supposed to be heroes”

A special thanks to Bryan, who has helped shape and sharpen my views on this movie. ** Initially, the plan was to write something on Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me on the occasion of its 25th anniversary last year. It’s … Continue reading

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Logan Lerman Is Still Beautiful

For a while after the terrifying events of this summer, I’ve been struggling to write anything at all. I was unable to express precisely what I was feeling, apart from an immediate reaction of sadness, gratefulness and determination, but  it … Continue reading

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