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Improve Your Personality

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On March 31, 2016
Some advice from 1951. Certainly I could use it. Also, here’s a great piece about why the Soviets didn’t have American enemies in their Cold War films while Americans were making Red Dawn and Rocky IV. I watched Pickup on South Street earlier this week. It was great, but equally good was the bonus material […]

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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The Coen Brothers Films, Ranked

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On February 8, 2016
I haven’t seen Hail, Caesar! yet, but I look forward to it. So naturally it is time to rethink the Coen Brothers work. Bilge Ebiri ranks their films. I love his writing, but I can’t agree with this ranking. So I’m trying my own. 1. The Big Lebowski–I know it’s not their most sophisticated film, […]

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

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Poverty in the Valley of Plenty

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On January 4, 2016
In 1948, the National Farm Labor Union and Hollywood filmmakers who hated the virulently anti-union big farm grower DiGiorgio Fruit, the largest grape, plum, and pear grower in the world, made a film titled Poverty in the Valley of Plenty to expose the terrible conditions of the farmers. In 1947, DiGiorgio responded to a strike […]
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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) the wonderful Medium Cool. Here is the beginning of that film. Since it’s that kind of day, let people also discuss […]

Setsuko Hara, RIP

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On November 25, 2015

Setsuko Hara, one of the greatest actors in film historym has died. Hara worked with most of the great Japanese directors of the postwar era, but her finest work was in the wonderful films of Yasujiro

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