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Girls Are Better Than Ever

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On April 4, 2016
Tonight’s film is this 1967 “educational” thing, brought to you by the American Dairy Association, about fitness for teenage girls. Of course the primary reason they should be fit is to attract a man. In other film news, Rudy is a piece of garbage. I watched Aguirre: Wrath of God last night for the first […]

Saying No

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On April 3, 2016

Tonight’s film is a genuinely useful PSA from 1982 about women taking control over their own bodies. Plus the biggest douche in the film has Larry Bird hair. Share

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On March 15, 1940, John Ford’s film version of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, was released to universal acclaim. This was perhaps the greatest moment of the cultural left during the Great Depression. Of all the New Deal-era art that broadly made up the Popular Front, none were more well-remembered and beloved than the […]

The Decalogue

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On March 10, 2016

Twenty years ago, the wonderful director Krzysztof Kieślowski died. His most famous work is the Blue, White, Red trilogy made in France. Those are great films, but his best work is the 10-part Decalo

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Are You Tired of Slavery Movies?

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On February 4, 2016
Kara Brown is damned tired of slavery movies. I am not, but I get that every other high-profile Oscar-nominated film about black lives is an exercise in filming black bodily trauma. The Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker’s Sundance darling period piece about the deadliest slave insurrection in American history, was purchased by Fox Searchlight […]

Colorblind Casting

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On January 9, 2016

I really enjoyed this Angelica Jade Bastién essay on the problems with colorblind casting in Hollywood. Using Oscar Isaac as an example, she explores how he has been able to work without his ethnicit

Haskell Wexler, RIP

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On December 27, 2015

Haskell Wexler, the great cinematographer, has died at the age of 93. He worked on so many films, but for me, and for himself actually, his finest achievement was directing (and of course shooting) th

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