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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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Shia LaBeouf: Plagiarist or Genius?

By now, most movie buffs have stumbled across the imbroglio involving Hollywood megastar Shia LaBeouf, whose short film "HowardCantour.com" was allegedly rife with plagiarism of cartoonist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes. Meanwhile, LaBeouf has flooded his Twitter account with apologies—all apparently plagiarized.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • January 10, 2014 2:44 PM
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  • 12 Comments

ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Gold Leash: The Gap Between Role Model Feminism and Our Obsession with the American Gangster Wife

Make no mistake—when we talk about Beyonce being Queen Bey, we are not just referring to her creative talents; we are talking about her entire real-life identity. As opposed to Janelle Monae, who actively constructs a creative universe, in her immersive concept albums, Beyonce’s creative work is about her own development as a woman and an artist.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • January 8, 2014 1:16 PM
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Paul Walker's Los Angeles

I'm not surprised film noir is a California genre. The light is hard and bright out there—all key and no fill, as they say on the backlot—and the eternal sunshine makes the shadows as dense and black as an agent's soul.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • January 3, 2014 4:03 PM
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  • 1 Comment

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