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Becoming Human: On Spike Jonze’s "Her"

Becoming Human: On Spike Jonze’s "Her"

THE PROSPECT of an unfulfilling relationship is scary. So is being alone. But the prospect of real love is the scariest of all. Getting involved with love means coming to terms with who you are and wh...

Barbara Stanwyck Was One Tough Dame

Barbara Stanwyck Was One Tough Dame

BARBARA STANWYCK was one tough dame — tougher and more cold-hearted than the ruthless seductress she portrayed in Double Indemnity, the 1944 movie for which she is perhaps best known. Her early env...

Camp Von Trier: On "Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1"

Camp Von Trier: On "Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1"

THERE'S A FUNNY ONION video from a few years back called “Denmark Introduces Harrowing New Tourism Ads Directed by Lars von Trier.” Highlights include such putatively Trierian scenarios as an old...

A Bright, Guilty World: The Biography of a Film

A Bright, Guilty World: The Biography of a Film

I like reflections — as long as they aren’t mine.— Orson Welles The Lady from Shanghai is far from a good film.— David Thomson Welles made The Lady from Shanghai to show Hollywood that he wa...

Wes Anderson’s Elegy to Stefan Zweig

Wes Anderson’s Elegy to Stefan Zweig

IN 2006, WES ANDERSON shot a two-minute TV spot for American Express. In the commercial, which takes place on a film set, Anderson plays a coy variation on his boyish, control-freaky public persona. H...

Meryl Streep’s Hunger Games

Meryl Streep’s Hunger Games

I KNOW OF A COUPLE that has harmoniously chosen movies to watch together for years by following some very simple rules. They take turns picking the movie and keep the restrictions to a minimum: she wo...