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The Posthuman Scar-Jo

The Posthuman Scar-Jo

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is a human actress; Scar-Jo is her brand name. Johansson endorses cosmetics and champagne, and gives skincare tips. She campaigned for two Democratic presidential candidates and on...

The Ephemeral Real, Part II: The Passenger

The Ephemeral Real, Part II: The Passenger

(This is Part II in a series on The Ephemeral Real, a meditation on cinema and history) THE PASSENGER: the ephemeral real and real film, real murder I PROBABLY should have started with a less prob...

Corporate Noir, or This Job Is Killing Me

Corporate Noir, or This Job Is Killing Me

IN CONTEMPORARY NOIR, you are often your own worst enemy. This is stylishly illustrated in the 2012 movie Looper, in which time travel has been outlawed but is still used as a handy black-market tool ...

The Resurrection of God in Cinema

The Resurrection of God in Cinema

IN 1898, CAMERAMAN William Dickson trailed Pope Leo XIII around the Vatican grounds, documenting a series of vignettes of his activities. The Roman Catholic leader walked, rode in a carriage, and sat ...

The Ephemeral Real, Part I

The Ephemeral Real, Part I

THE EPHEMERAL REAL:  a boat on its side in the water, removed from the Italian coastline last month … in a film, The Great Beauty, forever. This is the first article in a series of six. Paolo Sor...

Eight Arms to Hold You

Eight Arms to Hold You

HOW WOULD YOU REACT if there appeared in front of you a flesh-and-blood vision of everything you ever dreamed life could be? What if you could, at the same time, be your distinctive self and an irrepl...

The Brilliance of "Five Came Back"

The Brilliance of "Five Came Back"

IN THE PENULTIMATE episode of Band of Brothers, the award-winning World War II miniseries from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the soldiers of Easy Company, an infantry company in the United States A...

Silent Magic

Silent Magic

AT THE BEGINNING of All Movies Love the Moon, Gregory Robinson’s spirited collection of prose poems about silent film, we meet Ralph Spence, one of the best-known and highest-paid title card writers...

Neo-Noir and Anti-Realism in Sam Fuller

Neo-Noir and Anti-Realism in Sam Fuller

CLASSIC FILM NOIR was in its last throes as the 1960s began. Many of the genre’s most important directors and stars were either dead or relegated to television, and the B-movie production machine ...

A Dilettante Much Like Yourself Perhaps

A Dilettante Much Like Yourself Perhaps

PRIOR TO 2007, only one of Cormac McCarthy’s ten novels had been adapted for film. All the Pretty Horses, the writer’s most successful book until The Road, so entranced Billy Bob Thornton tha...

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Murray Garrett

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Murray Garrett

THE CELEBRITY CULTURE in which we now swim, some would say drown, has accelerated far beyond what anyone awake in the 1950s would ever have imagined. Before the 24/7 global voyeurism of the Web, ...

Babies Taste Best

Babies Taste Best

SNOWPIERCER, Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language effort and the summer’s critical darling, is a dystopian parable set in the near future. Here’s the setup: Earth has been plun...

A Boyhood Epic

A Boyhood Epic

BOYHOOD — J. M. Coetzee’s fictionalized memoir about growing up in South Africa — ends with a funeral. In the book’s final scene, the narrator and his mother get a ride in the hearse bearing A...