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“Selma” and Saviors

“Selma” and Saviors

MOVIES AND LAWS have at least one thing in common: they are proclaimed to be institutions of the people but have historically been made by and for white men only. In the last few years, however, the ...

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad City?

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad City?

THERE IS A SEQUENCE in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night where, in the earliest morning after a drug-saturated Halloween party that culminates in a near-death one-night stand between a mop-topped, pla...

“Get Carter,” Again

“Get Carter,” Again

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to discuss British author Ted Lewis’s 1970 novel, Jack’s Return Home, without mentioning its better-known 1971 film adaptation, Get Carter. Rarely has such an influential crime no...

Heroism in the Age of Guerilla Warfare

Heroism in the Age of Guerilla Warfare

WAGNER’S “RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES” in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now underscores the irony of American heroism post-Vietnam. The army’s air cavalry, led by Robert Duvall’s cocksure ...

Bebop/Silence: On Hickey & Boggs

Bebop/Silence: On Hickey & Boggs

AT FIRST, the sound they made was jazz. Two hipsters, effortlessly tuned into each other, familiar with each other’s rhythms, elisions, phrasing, each so confident he didn’t feel the need to outdo...

The Authorized Surveillance of Edward Snowden

The Authorized Surveillance of Edward Snowden

CITIZENFOUR begins in a nondescript tunnel of darkness, illuminated by lines of white lights. Over this image of the underground a voice, Laura Poitras’s, reads one of Edward Snowden’s first emai...

Spoiler Alert: Your Art Should Be Ruined

Spoiler Alert: Your Art Should Be Ruined

THE PILOT of the new CW series The Flash is one of the most oddly paced, fractured television episodes I’ve ever seen. The super-velocity whoosh of the show’s hero, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), see...

It Was a Very Good Year

It Was a Very Good Year

THE IDEA OF FOCUSING on a single year for research, or for study, or in an attempt to make a year illustrative of a whole era is slightly bonkers, but at the same time it can be very useful as well as...

Laughing at “Gone Girl”

Laughing at “Gone Girl”

I WATCHED GONE GIRL in a full theater, and after the big reveal [enormous spoiler alert!] that Amy is alive and sociopathic, each new twist generated a substantial amount of communal laughter. Much of...

The Ephemeral Real, Part VI

The Ephemeral Real, Part VI

(This is Part VI in a series on The Ephemeral Real, a meditation on cinema and history) NATURE AS RUIN: The New World & Wind Across the Everglades THERE’S A CERTAIN DIFFICULTY that ari...