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Why Whit Stillman's Work Endures After All These Similar Movies: On THE COSMOPOLITANS

There are plenty of reasons not to watch "The Cosmopolitans." However, in a climate in which concepts are important in films and TV shows, and original concepts sell (and why shouldn’t they?), making work in which problems are local, dialogue is clever, and no one moves terribly quickly takes courage.
  • By Max Winter
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  • August 30, 2014 1:48 AM
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How GROUNDHOG DAY and THE ONE I LOVE Describe the Indescribable

"The One I Love" is a film very much in the tradition of "Groundhog Day," another film about love that employed bizarre storytelling techniques in the service of romance—but it seems, by and large, that this film picks up where that one left off.
  • By Max Winter
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  • August 27, 2014 5:47 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

When watching Lauren Bacall in her older films, it is impossible to not think of "sexy" as one of the adjectives to describe her, and yet where is that sexiness coming from? In part, it comes from a sense that she might say something barbed, or worse, at any turn, and that if she doesn't, she's choosing not to.
  • By Serena Bramble and Max Winter
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  • August 19, 2014 7:27 PM
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Humor Is Life: RIP Robin Williams, 1951–2014

The mixture of feelings I had when I read of Robin Williams’s suicide was dramatic. Grief, of course. Shock. Anger. Confusion. These were all at the front of my mind, blaring, inescapable. But above and beyond all of these, was, oddly enough, fear, whose source I could not immediately identify. But then it came to me.
  • By Max Winter
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  • August 12, 2014 5:39 AM
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What Does It Mean That Joe Swanberg Has Made a Feel-Good Movie?

The newest film from Joe Swanberg, whatever its faults and virtues might be, makes one thing abundantly clear: that certain styles require a form to pour themselves into if their best qualities are to be revealed.
  • By Max Winter
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  • August 7, 2014 5:41 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Slow Motion Movie Supercut

LOOK. PAY ATTENTION. NOTICE THE MOVEMENT.
  • By Leigh Singer and Max Winter
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  • July 30, 2014 12:58 PM
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Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD Recreates the Experience of Reading

If I say that watching Richard Linklater’s remarkable new film "Boyhood," which traces the life of a boy named Mason from age 6 to 18 in rapidly changing segments, is like reading a book, I need to clarify.
  • By Max Winter
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  • July 14, 2014 5:40 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Brothers: Men of Constant Sorrow

Woe be to you if you should be so unlucky as to be a male character in a Coen Brothers film.
  • By Leigh Singer and Max Winter
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  • July 11, 2014 4:07 PM
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The Sobering, Beautiful Lessons of LIFE ITSELF

I almost didn’t write this review. This was not because I didn’t appreciate the film at hand, but because a question was nagging at me: What can I bring to this piece that will both serve the work and be memorable for its readers, personal in some sense?
  • By Max Winter
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  • July 4, 2014 5:31 AM
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How THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY Raises the Wrong Questions--Or Are They?

Framing Swartz’s moral unimpeachability—as well as that of hacker groups like Anonymous or Wikileaks—as a certainty causes the mind, ultimately, to wander to other questions about this hero.
  • By Max Winter
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  • July 2, 2014 4:39 AM
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