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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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Toni Hildebrandt on Ana Vaz

Toni Hildebrandt on Ana Vaz

Atomic Garden, an experimental film by Ana Vaz, opens with a purely textual prologue: Aoki Sadako, an elderly Japanese woman, visits her flower garden...

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Cooking, Eating, Gardening (Faith)

Cooking, Eating, Gardening (Faith)

The first image in Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela is an empty street at night, from which a few headstones marking a cemetery are visible.

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Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Memory

Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Memory

More than once, my maternal grandmother went to a Seattle fire station for aid, certain she was having a heart attack.

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Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Spectatorship

Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Spectatorship

Thanks to Instagram and all its metastasized relations, nowhere is so far off the beaten path we can’t experience it visually...

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“I don’t want to be representative”

“I don’t want to be representative”

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is set during the peak of the AIDS crisis, and is full of deep-cut references to 1990s pop culture.

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Welcome to Earths

Welcome to Earths

For the past decade, A.S. Hamrah has been the sharp-tongued, rain-lashed drifter of American movie criticism.

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Chris Moffat on Naeem Mohaiemen

Chris Moffat on Naeem Mohaiemen

What does an anti-colonial building look like? In Naeem Mohaiemen’s 2017 film Two Meetings and a Funeral, Vijay Prashad stands in the centre of La Coupole d’Alger in the suburbs of Algiers...

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Hereditary’s Illusions

Hereditary’s Illusions

Hereditary is really about the power of art-making, and the movie’s artists are all female. Their artwork is craft-based, works that have long been associated with female labor...

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Logics of Repetition by Will Gottsegen

Logics of Repetition by Will Gottsegen

The distinction between the “logic of the once-and-for-all” and the “logic of Einmal ist keinmal” points to the larger, definitional distinction between the tragic and comic genres.

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Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Plastic

Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Plastic

On the shores of Midway Island, the juvenile albatross skeletons encircle a stomach’s worth of plastic shards, pen caps, bottle tops, the insidious end to all species’ endocrine systems innocuously named “nurdles.”

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