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DOWN-UNDERGROUND: Muriel’s Red Wedding

Dismissed by many critics as misogynistic torture porn, "Wolf Creek" is in fact a compendium of filmic tropes that simultaneously resurrects and comments on Australia’s peculiar film history.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • May 29, 2014 3:11 PM
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Of Literary Television, and the Damage Done

You can’t absorb the “smart” part of a series—the cross-references, the character layers, etc.—and not somehow absorb the part of that series more commonly considered abhorrent. And if this is the case, what’s the cumulative affect of all of this absorption, of all of these hours spent binge-watching?
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 28, 2014 5:46 AM
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On GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA: The Current State of the "Public Intellectual"

What does it mean to be a "public intellectual" in 21st century America? To answer this question properly, you have to answer two smaller questions: what does it mean to be public? And what does mean to be an intellectual?
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 23, 2014 6:16 AM
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Truth, Based on a Story: Disney’s MILLION DOLLAR ARM

Cursory investigation of the real story behind "Million Dollar Arm" suggests the filmmakers left a better movie somewhere in the ether of truth.
  • By Mike Spry
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  • May 23, 2014 5:27 AM
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DOWN-UNDERGROUND: The LONG WEEKEND of the 1970s

"Long Weekend" was promoted with the irresistible tag-line: “Their crime was against nature: nature found them guilty.” Directed by Colin Eggleston, the film was released on March 29, 1979, the day after the infamous nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • May 22, 2014 2:11 PM
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The Curious Appeal of Griffin Dunne

Dunne doesn’t fill the screen, and yet he does occupy it. In his current film, "The Discoverers," he occupies the screen much like a human grounding plug—his presence never allows histrionics to go too far. Any rage of his own is, likewise, contained.
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 21, 2014 2:19 PM
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Peter Sarsgaard: On NIGHT MOVES, Marine Biology, and Blowing Up Dams

"I would like to sail across the Atlantic. I would like the experience of being that far away from land."
  • By Meredith Alloway
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  • May 21, 2014 1:39 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Gordon Willis (1931-2014)

Gordon Willis was a great cinematographer because he knew how to look at us, even when we couldn’t look at ourselves.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • May 19, 2014 4:33 PM
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On Louis C.K., “Fat,” “Not Fat,” and the Importance of Holding Hands

“You know what the meanest thing is you can say to a fat girl? That ‘you’re not fat.’”
  • By Kathleen Brennan
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  • May 19, 2014 12:21 PM
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RIP Gordon Willis, 1931–2014: The View from Dallas, Texas

If you want real life, live it. If you want psychodrama, create it. If you want to fall in love, go after it. If you want to be transported, though, if you want to feel immersed in an individual’s vision of a story, a world, and the degree to which one might shape the other, go to the movies. Most specifically, Gordon Willis’s movies.
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 19, 2014 4:47 AM
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