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Inside this family tomb lies Edward G. Robinson. Born Emanuel Goldenberg in Bucharest, Romania in 1893, his family decided to move to the U.S. in 1904 to escape anti-Semitism. His family joined the hordes crowding into the Lower East Side. For many people this extremely crowded world was traumatic, but the young Goldenberg loved it. […]

Agnès Varda, RIP

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On March 29, 2019

The brilliant and pioneering filmmaker Agnès Varda has died. In my view, the second greatest living director, behind only Scorsese, Varda’s career is a tribute to the glory of film as a medium,

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Marker

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On March 27, 2019
Chris Marker is one of the most unique and fascinating filmmakers in the genre’s history, a man who documented the political world of the 20th century with a sympathetic pessimism with which I find some solidarity of feeling. I haven’t seen all his films, but La Jetée is a tremendously powerful short film of the […]

Films No One Needs

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On September 28, 2018

FFS: Bill Cosby may be in jail. Harvey Weinstein may be in hiding. But Roman Polanski is alive and well, and planning his first movie in the #MeToo era. He even has an Oscar-winning actor attached. Fr

Van Sant

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On July 16, 2018

This ranking of Gus Van Sant movies reminds me of two things. First, Drugstore Cowboy should be #1 because it’s an astounding film. Second, it’s highly unlikely Van Sant has a good movie l

Podcasting

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On May 24, 2018

I was lucky enough to be on The Sound and the Furious Podcast last week, with scholars seeking to combine academia and pop culture in ways that reach out to a broad audience. The subject was “Th

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