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A Video Essay On Jim Jarmusch: Dead Men & Ghosts, Limited

Among Jim Jarmusch's films, "Dead Man," "Ghost Dog," and "The Limits of Control" share concerns and motifs: questions of wisdom and wandering, art and death, repetition and revision. They let genres become ghosts. They propose that white men are the scourge of reality.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • April 17, 2014 1:52 PM
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Stuck in the Middle: 30 Great Films about Middle Age, PART ONE

If you didn’t automatically pass over this piece on the basis of its title, you may belong to that rare group of people who acknowledge their age and are interested in seeing films that do the same. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to share my list of some films that have given me perspective on the middle stage of life.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • April 17, 2014 1:37 PM
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David Gordon Green on Challenging the Audience and Challenging the Character

"I don’t approach the process of directing movies like I’m the authority. I’m more the ringmaster of the circus. Let’s bring all the animals in the ring, and then let’s get loose."
  • By Meredith Alloway
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  • April 16, 2014 1:40 PM
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Waleed Zuaiter Discusses Producing and Starring In OMAR

Zuaiter has recently appeared on American movie screens in Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s "Omar," in which he plays Israeli Agent Rami. Rami, who works for the Israeli equivalent of our FBI, convinces the title character to snitch on his radical Palestinian friends to get out of jail. He spoke to me recently by phone from his California home.
  • By Steven Erickson
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  • April 11, 2014 3:16 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Lars Von Trier: Cinema's Dancer in the Dark

Some feminists criticize the way Lars von Trier depicts his heroines, his obsession with their suffering, but von Trier’s films never struck me as misogynistic, as some critics claim. His heroines are complex and authentic. They make choices with conviction, even when those choices end up being the end of them.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Arielle Bernstein
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  • April 10, 2014 2:10 PM
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METAMERICANA: Is James Franco a Creep? Thank God We'll Never Know

The main reason not to care whether James Franco is or is not a creep is that it's far more interesting not to know than to know.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • April 7, 2014 3:46 AM
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Vivian Maier, Mystery Woman and Master Photographer

There are two stories being told in "Finding Vivian Maier": that of Maier the enigma, of reveling in her art while constructing a narrative to stand beside it; and that of Maloof’s curatorial pursuit to preserve Maier’s work, to sell her work, and to establish her relevance within the art world—and through her relevance, his own significance.
  • By Anne K. Yoder
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  • April 4, 2014 1:59 PM
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Second Sight: How Channel-Surfing, an iPod, and PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED Restored a Movie Critic's Eyesight

I wondered if I would get my vision back in time to watch the Oscars. I was excited that "The Wolf of Wall Street" got nominated, and then realized I might not get a chance to see a Scorsese movie for a second time in theaters. Was it going to be the last Scorsese I would actually *see*?
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • April 1, 2014 1:50 PM
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Hannah Horvath from GIRLS Is the Last Thing the Iowa Writers' Workshop Needs

By sending Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) off to Iowa City for two years at the Writer's Workshop, HBO's "Girls" is giving not just the Workshop but the discipline of creative writing in general exactly what it doesn't need: a bad rap.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • March 31, 2014 3:54 AM
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ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Orphans, Refugees, and Architectural Spaces: The Dream of THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Wes Anderson’s latest film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is about human spaces as much as it is about people.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • March 28, 2014 1:05 PM
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