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Modern Mexico’s Female Filmmakers

Modern Mexico’s Female Filmmakers

Propelled by drug wars and battles between cartels for new territory since the 1980s, how can art or culture reflect such a terrifying threat?

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A Movie to Remember

A Movie to Remember

The Titanic fascinates filmmakers because it has everything a dramatist could ever want: heroism, sacrifice, decency...

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Spherebox 360

Spherebox 360

Departing from the human body, first to the abstraction of the size of the earth...

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Excellent

Excellent

I named my first pets — two zebra finches — Wayne and Garth...

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A Sound All of Its Own

A Sound All of Its Own

Blow Out contains premonitions galore about where conspiratorial thinking, and the technology that encourages it, ultimately leads us...

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Joanna Hogg’s Souvenirs

Joanna Hogg’s Souvenirs

When does a life become a story, a narrative legible to those outside it?

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Friendship and Plan 9 from Outer Space

Friendship and Plan 9 from Outer Space

Lugosi not only acts in Wood’s movies and gives each scene his all—at one point he jumps into the water to wrestle a broken mechanical octopus—but also encourages Wood’s belief in their vocation...

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Lav Diaz, the Last Filipino

Lav Diaz, the Last Filipino

Diaz was born in 1958, eight years after the official independence of the Philippines from the US was declared, and seven before Marcos ascended to the presidency...

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The Misfits Drama by Medha Singh

The Misfits Drama by Medha Singh

The Misfits carries in itself the nature of an allegorical tale that throws itself deep into the thick of postmodern demands...

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Lamenting the Obsolescence of the DVD and Its Distinctive Viewing Practices

Lamenting the Obsolescence of the DVD and Its Distinctive Viewing Practices

After the local video-game arcade and the local comic-book store, the finest establishment on earth was the local video-rental outlet, a paradise of garish rectangular boxes leaning precariously on wooden shelves divided roughly by genre...

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She’s a figure of the perpetually homesick…

She’s a figure of the perpetually homesick…

That nothing is told about her characters’ histories is a reminder of the fracturing effect of migration, so violently rupturing that it’s often likened to a kind of reincarnation rather than any linear progression through life...

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The Browsers

The Browsers

I miss browsing those chunky, foxed VHS cases and, I suppose, their leaner DVD heirs...

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Filming the GDR

Filming the GDR

It was not just in liberal consumer societies that families recorded vacations and rites of passage. Home cameras and projectors were also available in socialist societies like the German Democratic Republic...

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Citizen Mank

Citizen Mank

Success, for Mankiewicz, meant Broadway, not half credit on some blockbuster...

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Unearthing Mansa Musa

Unearthing Mansa Musa

Sun of the Soil is a form of artivism that aims to engage not only local communities through street performance...

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Oscar Mardell goes inside The Castle

Oscar Mardell goes inside The Castle

The Australian High Court doesn’t need an interior at all, only an internal façade, because the power which that court embodies – far from being impregnable – is akin to that of Santa Claus...

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Video Thrifty

Video Thrifty

The blood would be Bosco’s chocolate syrup and the guts would be ham, donated from a local butcher shop....

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Elisa Veini on Agnès Varda

Elisa Veini on Agnès Varda

“Aging for me is not a condition, but a subject,” said Agnès Varda in her Norton Lectures at Harvard University in February 2018, shortly before her 90th birthday...

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As Sea Embraces Sea

As Sea Embraces Sea

In the coastal villages of southern Kent, the breeze off the water is said to cause things to age quickly: iron to rust, brass to discolor, lichen to cover roofs like the scales of a lizard...

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