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The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury

THE UKRAINIAN FILM The Tribe (in wide release in the US on June 15, 2015) is a powerful and grim feature film about a school and institution for young deaf teenagers. Within the washed-out, defaced,...

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

KUMIKO, the protagonist of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, the latest film by the American directing duo the Zellner Bros. (Kid-Thing, Goliath), emanates an intense solitude one associates with either th...

The Trouble with Clint

The Trouble with Clint

IN THE FIRST SCENE of American Sniper, an Iraqi boy and his mother hover timidly in the middle of a bombed-out Baghdad street directly in the path of an oncoming convoy of American troops. Chris Kyle...

Early Exposure: The First Films of Andy Warhol

Early Exposure: The First Films of Andy Warhol

The more you look at the same exact thing, the more meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel. — Andy Warhol, 1975 IN JANUARY 1964 Andy Warhol premiered Sleep, his first full-length ...

The Writers

The Writers

This essay is excerpted from Miranda Banks’s book The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and their Guild, which was published by Rutgers University Press in January 2015. ¤ Screenwrit...

Iain Sinclair: A Life in Film

Iain Sinclair: A Life in Film

WHAT KIND OF FILM would the East End of London be? A cheapjack thriller, perhaps, c. 1959; a Gerald Kersh adaptation about gangland pugilists, from a forgotten B-factory like Butchers Films or Merton...

Acting and Impersonation

Acting and Impersonation

[…] you should never give an acting award to actor or actress for playing an insane person. There was never an Ophelia who was bad in the mad scene. — Rouben Mamoulian AS THE OSCARS roll around ...

Too Faithful to Succeed: On "Inherent Vice"

Too Faithful to Succeed: On "Inherent Vice"

FIFTEEN MINUTES INTO Paul Thomas Anderson’s film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, we are introduced to Aunt Reet. On the phone with the film’s protagonist, pothead P.I. Larry “Do...

Song of Saruman

Song of Saruman

IN THE OFFICIAL TRAILER for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, viewers get a tantalizing glimpse of Saruman, no more than two seconds long, intoning in Christopher Lee’s inimitable basso pr...

“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...