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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...

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...

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...

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...