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METAMERICANA: Paolo Sorrentino's THE GREAT BEAUTY Is Exactly That

"The Great Beauty" is not only one of the most visually arresting films in years, but also one of its most eclectic: each scene develops a distinct internal atmosphere through the auteur's selection of color palette, stage direction, and (most notably) musical score.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • February 28, 2014 3:29 PM
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ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Childhood from ADAPTATION to MAD MEN to MOONRISE KINGDOM

For adults, childhood is perceived as a time of full potential. At the end of the film Adaptation, Susan Orlean, awash in a druggy love affair, calls out that what she wants most is to start over. “I want to be a baby again,” she whimpers, “I want to be new.”
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • February 26, 2014 3:47 AM
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On Harold Ramis, 1944-2014

I’ll miss Harold Ramis’s presence in the world because no one in my generation is getting any younger.
  • By Max Winter
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  • February 24, 2014 9:47 PM
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“No redneck is this creative”: TRUE DETECTIVE and the Horror of Folk Art

Now and then a television series comes along that seems to define its own, unique genre: think of Twin Peaks, The X Files, The Singing Detective. Now think of "True Detective," which might be described as the first Cult Ritual Serial Killer Southern Gothic Weird Procedural.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • February 24, 2014 3:43 AM
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In Memory: Sid Caesar and YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS

“Your Show of Shows” was a 90-minute, comedy/variety program that ran on NBC from 1950 to 1954 and featured Isaac Sidney Caesar—Sid, to you and me—as its star. Caesar was an intimidating, strong-shouldered force who could also be a face-contorting wiseass.
  • By Craig D. Lindsey
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  • February 23, 2014 8:44 PM
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Small Things Writ Large: On OMAR

"Omar" draws its greatest strength from its smallest touches: the way someone smiles, the way a love letter is folded, the small habits and quirks an otherwise frightening person might possess.
  • By Max Winter
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  • February 22, 2014 9:37 PM
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Electronic Meditation: The Musical Synthesis of Tangerine Dream and Michael Mann

While the sound Tangerine Dream pioneered, combining melodic minimalism and taut synthetic rhythms, would become almost a cliché in films and on dancefloors throughout the 1980s, in Mann’s "Thief" their music serves to create an aural environment that is simultaneously meditative and driving, and is a crucial element of the film’s achievement.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • February 18, 2014 10:44 AM
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John Cusack in ADULT WORLD: No More Mr. Nice Guy

Several times during his turn as Rat Billings, the grizzled poet at the heart of "Adult World," I wanted to punch John Cusack in the face. It’s a brilliant performance.
  • By Max Winter
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  • February 17, 2014 4:24 AM
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THE LEGO MOVIE: Turn Down the Nostalgia

Though "The Lego Movie" tries to insist that kids' toys, games, and movies should be primarily made for and enjoyed by their target audience, it ends up being guilty of doing exactly the opposite, crafting a message more geared for nostalgia-ridden adults.
  • By Scott Nye
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  • February 14, 2014 2:01 PM
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METAMERICANA: THE LEGO MOVIE: Metamodernism for Kids

"The Lego Movie" is the first unabashedly metamodern children’s film in Hollywood history.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • February 14, 2014 1:44 PM
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