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Occupy Hollywood

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 8, 2011 7:38 PM
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http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/culture-warrior-occupy-hollywood-lpalm.php

Celebrate Guy Fawkes this week with "V for Vendetta" and #OWS

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 8, 2011 9:23 AM
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Over the weekend, the British celebrated Guy Fawkes Day. which honors the execution of the controversial figure who led a plot to blow up the House of Parliament, and was then caught, summarily tortured and killed in 1605. Fawkes is making a comeback in the U.S., of course: a mask of the man, made for the Wachowski's "V for Vendetta," has become ubiquitous at Occupy Wall Street protests, which aim not to vilify Fawkes, but celebrate him as a revolutionary.

Clint Eastwood and The Politics of “J. Edgar”

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 7, 2011 11:50 AM
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The big news over the weekend in awards circles was the unveiling of Clint Eastwood’s latest Academy contender “J. Edgar.” Unlike many of my peers, I greet the arrival of a new Eastwood pic like the latest Tea Party rally—an event with a lot of emotion and conservative politics, but not a lot of substance. Eastwood’s films are certainly better than Paul Haggis’s—who, of course, wrote Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby”—but they share the same penchant for melodrama, broad strokes and a political shorthand and reactionary quality that seems to think itself moral and upstanding by having token Others and spouting lessons, usually involving the comeuppance of angry white people, who turn out to be not that bad, after all.

Are A-List Stars Saving—Or Waylaying—Indie Film?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 4, 2011 1:20 PM
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