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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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Lindsay Turner on Aki Kaurismäki

Lindsay Turner on Aki Kaurismäki

Deadpan, unhurried, and sensitive, Aki Kaurismäki’s 2017 film The Other Side of Hope tells the story of a young Syrian immigrant, Khaled.

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Black Panther is not the film we were waiting for…

Black Panther is not the film we were waiting for…

We were waiting for a film like Black Panther, but Black Panther is not the film we were waiting for.  The first sign of ambiguity is the fact that the movie was enthusiastically received all across the political spectrum...

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Getting Lost in Narrative Virtuality by Will Luers

Getting Lost in Narrative Virtuality by Will Luers

“Getting lost” in a work of fiction is a conventional expression that speaks to the immersive power of narrative...

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Lady Bird’s nostalgia isn’t quite nostalgia…

Lady Bird’s nostalgia isn’t quite nostalgia…

One of the most peculiar qualities of Greta Gerwig’s much-acclaimed film Lady Bird is that—especially for a coming-of-age story, or domestic drama, or whatever you call it...

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Thinking About Monsters

Thinking About Monsters

Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we start listing athletes we’ll never stop.

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Doll Life

Doll Life

Doll horror movies are rarely scary, which is strange given how uncanny many people find dolls themselves. Still, they have become a tired trope. As with clowns, the idea of the doll is at this point scarier than any on-screen reality.

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Nicholas Rombes on George Romero

Nicholas Rombes on George Romero

For some students, Night of the Living Dead opened the door to an angle they had not considered: that a film could be political without being “political.”

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Lack of redaction continued to be a flashpoint for WikiLeaks…

Lack of redaction continued to be a flashpoint for WikiLeaks…

Lack of redaction—or of any real effort to separate disclosures of public importance from those that might simply put private citizens at risk—continued to be a flashpoint for WikiLeaks...

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Joseph Spece on Wonder Woman

Joseph Spece on Wonder Woman

That Diana and the Amazons speak ‘hundreds’ of languages is believable, given their situation and seeming enlightenment; that English becomes their go-to choice for daily chats off the Greek coast, less so.

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Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Protest

Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Protest

In some ways, I feel I shouldn’t go there, so naturally I am drawn like a moth to the flame. I can’t get around race and identity politics, and I shouldn’t. But as deliciously pearly white as I am—and given that it’s ipso facto my “identity”—I have still never...

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Sarah Murphy: Millennial at the Movies

Sarah Murphy: Millennial at the Movies

In a cinema in Hackney, watching the first scene of La La Land, I witnessed a curious thing happen to the audience around me.

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Little, Chiron, Black

Little, Chiron, Black

Did I ever imagine, during my anxious, closeted childhood, that I’d live long enough to see a movie like “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s brilliant, achingly alive new work about black queerness?

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Our perspective never changes…

Our perspective never changes…

I think the main reason for my aversion to the theater is the cinema.

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Austen Powers

Austen Powers

When I was working on my doctorate at Oxford, I lived in a large Victorian house with about 10 other students. My room was on the ground floor at the back; in the room above me lived a Canadian woman named Lenore—after the “rare and radiant maiden” in Poe’s...

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The milk seemed to taste of bone and blood’

The milk seemed to taste of bone and blood’

Todd Haynes’s film Carol (2015), an adaptation of crime grande dame Patricia Highsmith’s obscure 1952 lesbian romance, The Price of Salt, while sometimes exquisite, is the latest uneasy-making case in point.

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Scott Anthony on Reframing Modernism

Scott Anthony on Reframing Modernism

The outcome of an attention-grabbing and likely expensive collaboration with the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Reframing Modernism is the new National Gallery of Singapore's first blockbuster exhibition.

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