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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...

Plato at the Multiplex

Plato at the Multiplex

PLATO’S WELL-KNOWN ALLEGORY of the cave serves, in The Republic, mostly as a cautionary tale. A society that confuses mere shadows for substance, myth for reality, is, Plato seems to say, a society ...

George Kuchar’s Voice

George Kuchar’s Voice

ANYONE WHO HAS ever been an audience for auteur and artist George Kuchar will never forget that voice. His tart Bronx honk was a “sonic signature” of sorts, heard throughout the almost 350 films...

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...

The Ephemeral Real, Part V

The Ephemeral Real, Part V

(This is Part V in a series on The Ephemeral Real, a meditation on cinema and history) THE EPHEMERAL REAL AS NARRATIVE PLAYGROUND: The Third Man and Vienna RUINS CHANGE. They fall farther apart o...

The Ephemeral Real, Part IV

The Ephemeral Real, Part IV

(This is Part IV in a series on The Ephemeral Real, a meditation on cinema and history) THE LOST CAUSE AT THE WINDSOR RUINS: Raintree County and Ghosts of Mississippi SOMETIMES A FRAGMENT of the ...

Why We Need Anita Hill

Why We Need Anita Hill

Writing for The Spectator in 1992, journalist David Brock coined the phrase “a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty” to describe Anita Hill. Brock offered the epithet to explain why a well-res...

Vampire Socials

Vampire Socials

AT HIS INCEPTION, the vampire was a solitary figure. Typically the occupant of sprawling gothic ruins atop a desolate mountain, he was pallid, fanged, and obviously monstrous, occasionally distinguish...

The Ephemeral Real, Part III: Get Carter

The Ephemeral Real, Part III: Get Carter

(This is Part III in a series on The Ephemeral Real, a meditation on cinema and history) GET CARTER: the ephemeral real and industry IAN HENDRY — last seen in the editing room with a dead Afric...

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...