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The Value of Incoherency: Taking Michael Bay’s Transformers Films Seriously

Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are incoherent. That is not a controversial claim; I doubt many would argue otherwise. Yet two questions remain: How do they achieve their incoherency? And is that incoherency of any value?
  • By A.D. Jameson
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  • July 11, 2014 1:04 PM
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"Training, practice, letting go": An interview with Paul Eenhorn of LAND HO!

"Whenever I talk to people in L.A., they’re all looking for a dream and have given up on it because life takes you in other directions. It’s not a good game trying to fit into this society. You’ve got to find your own space."
  • By Steven Erickson
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  • July 10, 2014 12:54 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Paul Mazursky 1930–2014

"[Middle-class life is] on the edge of soap opera and the edge of real; it’s alienated and confused, almost tragic."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 8, 2014 5:03 AM
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Compassionate Release: The Agony and the Empathy in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Now that Season One of the Netflix Original series "Orange Is the New Black" is safely stitched into our pop culture quilt, the show has shed its initial hesitation and has its crazy eyes on its viewers just as much as they have theirs on it.
  • By Amy Woolard
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  • July 8, 2014 4:35 AM
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The Sobering, Beautiful Lessons of LIFE ITSELF

I almost didn’t write this review. This was not because I didn’t appreciate the film at hand, but because a question was nagging at me: What can I bring to this piece that will both serve the work and be memorable for its readers, personal in some sense?
  • By Max Winter
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  • July 4, 2014 5:31 AM
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CONCERNING VIOLENCE: An Interview with Goran Hugo Olsson

“You can keep saying that you want a really cheap phone, or that you want to buy your fruit for almost no money, but to then act surprised when Boko Haram is wreaking havoc is just… There are so many people who have shown that this is the result of the current world order.”
  • By Kira Josefsson
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  • July 3, 2014 1:34 PM
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OUR SCARY SUMMER: OVER THE EDGE, PHANTASM, and Other Teen Nightmares

The seventies was a scary time for anyone—nuclear disasters, political revolutions, oil conflicts—but it seemed a particularly disturbing one for kids.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • July 3, 2014 3:31 AM
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How THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY Raises the Wrong Questions--Or Are They?

Framing Swartz’s moral unimpeachability—as well as that of hacker groups like Anonymous or Wikileaks—as a certainty causes the mind, ultimately, to wander to other questions about this hero.
  • By Max Winter
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  • July 2, 2014 4:39 AM
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OUR SCARY SUMMER: David Cronenberg’s THE BROOD and the Weirding of the American Family

Few films expose the limitations of therapy narratives more ruthlessly than David Cronenberg’s "The Brood." Having explored the psychosexual demons haunting the individual human psyche in "Shivers" and "Rabid," the Canadian director turned his peculiar attention to the monsters lurking within the fractured family.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • June 27, 2014 4:49 AM
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What Mise-en-scène Is and Why It Matters

Any student of the cinema quickly encounters the term mise-en-scène, and often comes away the worse for wear. The word is long and funny-looking (to those who don’t speak French). Also, the term isn’t always spelled the same way: sometimes there’s an accent, sometimes there aren’t any hyphens, and sometimes it’s written in roman type, not italics.
  • By A.D. Jameson
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  • June 25, 2014 4:59 AM
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