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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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Speak, BATMAN: Tim Burton's Version, 25 Years Later

Something got me to the theater to see Burton’s "Batman": perhaps it was my love of "Beetlejuice," perhaps it was the concept of casting someone as schlubby as Michael Keaton as a superhero; maybe it was the heat. But there I was.
  • By Max Winter
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  • June 23, 2014 4:34 AM
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How BORGMAN Makes an Ideal Storytelling Lesson

If you were a novelist, or a filmmaker, or a playwright, or even a scholar, or a critic, and you wanted a primer on how a story might be put together, you would need to look no further than Alex van Warmerdam’s "Borgman."
  • By Max Winter
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  • June 20, 2014 12:52 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: White Knights and Bad People

It’s exhausting as a woman to constantly see the female body on the brink of violation. I’m tired of the voicelessness of those bodies, by the fact that we still need to spread awareness about how horrible sexual assault actually is.
  • By Arielle Bernstein and Serena Bramble
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  • June 18, 2014 4:52 AM
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OUR SCARY SUMMER: PROPHECY and the Toxic Environments of 1979

With "Prophecy," John Frankenheimer wanted to create an environmentally-conscious horror film that would raise the ethical stakes of popcorn fare.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • June 17, 2014 1:01 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY DIPTYCH: Good Dads/Bad Dads: A Tribute to Cinematic Fathers

I can’t remember the first film I watched with my dad Jim. However, I do remember what I affectionately call my “Martin Scorsese summer.”
  • By Drew Morton and Benjamin Sampson
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  • June 14, 2014 4:31 PM
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OUR SCARY SUMMER: DAWN OF THE DEAD and the New American Malaise

As tag-lines go, George Romero’s seminal zombie epic sports a pretty good one: “When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth.” As a thirteen year old, I had repeatedly stared at the lurid poster bearing these ominous words at the Maplewood Mall multiplex in the weeks before the film was released in the summer of 1979.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • June 12, 2014 4:35 AM
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I Spit on Your Fairy Wings, and Your Little Dog, Too!: On MALEFICENT and Other Films

"The woman has power if she’s a villain." That’s what my college art professor told me once, when we were discussing the Disney films we’d grown up with.
  • By Laura Bogart
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  • June 11, 2014 4:56 AM
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Louis C.K. On Rape: Why Are We Listening to Him, and No One Else?

Why are we paying so much attention to Louis C.K.’s attitudes towards women and rape while ignoring women who have expressed the same sentiments for years?
  • By Allison Blythe
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  • June 9, 2014 11:56 AM
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