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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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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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Lukas Moodysson, Teacher of Women's Stories: WE ARE THE BEST! Indeed

"We Are the Best!" addresses issues relevant to women today with great power and directness—even if the film’s leads are in their preteens. In fact, the age of these characters makes Moodysson’s points all the more poignant, demonstrating that issues of acceptance and adaptation may start for women at a very early age.
  • By Max Winter
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  • June 3, 2014 11:25 PM
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Of Literary Television, and the Damage Done

You can’t absorb the “smart” part of a series—the cross-references, the character layers, etc.—and not somehow absorb the part of that series more commonly considered abhorrent. And if this is the case, what’s the cumulative affect of all of this absorption, of all of these hours spent binge-watching?
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 28, 2014 5:46 AM
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On GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA: The Current State of the "Public Intellectual"

What does it mean to be a "public intellectual" in 21st century America? To answer this question properly, you have to answer two smaller questions: what does it mean to be public? And what does mean to be an intellectual?
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 23, 2014 6:16 AM
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The Curious Appeal of Griffin Dunne

Dunne doesn’t fill the screen, and yet he does occupy it. In his current film, "The Discoverers," he occupies the screen much like a human grounding plug—his presence never allows histrionics to go too far. Any rage of his own is, likewise, contained.
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 21, 2014 2:19 PM
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