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On THE BLACKLIST: Why James Spader Is the Perfect Star for the Increasingly Unreal Medium of Television

The television medium, and the act of watching television, have always been remarkably surreal, and they only grow more so by the day. It stands to reason that James Spader, a shocking presence on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal" in the past, and a rousing presence in NBC's "The Blacklist," would be its ideal actor.
  • By Max Winter
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  • February 12, 2014 3:51 AM
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Choose Your Own Adventure: The Allens, the Farrows, and You

What if the story here is entirely different from a tale of abuse of power, or a fable about the importance of speaking up about abuse? What if the story unfolding now points backwards, to the reasons we enter relationships, and how we need to think those reasons over carefully?
  • By Max Winter
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  • February 8, 2014 9:32 PM
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The Shame of Pageantry: The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

I’m deeply offended by opulence. I think people who eat three meals a day are showing off. I don’t understand expensive watches. I drive a ‘99 Ford Taurus that doesn’t have any heat, which to me is a little showy. You can only imagine what it was like for me to watch the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
  • By Mike Spry
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  • February 8, 2014 5:20 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Women in the Works of Martin Scorsese

The first time I saw "After Hours" (the first of 9 or 10), I was 15, and I had no idea who Martin Scorsese was, or even that he had directed the movie. I was surprised to discover a man had directed it, after the fact; I had assumed it was directed by a woman. Why? Because women ruled the show.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • February 7, 2014 12:56 PM
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The Art of Unease: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Inundated with obnoxious reality television, sensationalistic twenty-four hour news coverage, and a film culture that grows louder and brasher by the day, it is all the more remarkable when an actor is able to unsettle us. Philip Seymour Hoffman had this talent in an abundance that verged on the indecent.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • February 3, 2014 1:28 PM
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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967–2014

When great actors die as Hoffman did, revealing staggering addictions, or psyches run ragged because some unspecified demon is chasing them, the question always becomes: did the role become the person, or did the person become the role, or both?
  • By Max Winter
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  • February 2, 2014 10:01 PM
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A NEW PRESS PLAY COLUMN: Seth Abramson's "Metamericana": Is Martin Scorsese's Latest Offering Unbelievable On Purpose?

Greed, Martin Scorsese suggests in his new film "The Wolf of Wall Street," is now executed in U.S. financial markets on such a colossal and audacious scale that it no longer has the capacity to scandalize us.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • January 31, 2014 1:34 PM
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ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: The Spaces Between: Spike Jonze's HER and Love in the Time of Machines

"Her" might present one of the most egalitarian and loving relationships on screen this past year.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • January 27, 2014 1:44 PM
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Stop the “Streamaggeddon” Articles: Netflix and the Idea of Total Media Access

The “Streamageddon” news meme is reflective of a myopic mentality and should cease. Yes, Netflix is convenient and a technological marvel, but we should know by now that it is and will continue to be more imperfect than we would prefer.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • January 22, 2014 11:01 AM
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The Esper Machine: The Collaborative Filmmaking Team of Pussy Riot, Patriarch Kirill, and Vladimir Putin

Pussy Riot is the most famous group of performance artists that has ever existed, thanks in no small part to active collaboration with Patriarch Kirill and, ultimately, Vladimir Putin.
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • January 16, 2014 1:09 PM
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