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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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RIP Gordon Willis, 1931–2014: The View from Dallas, Texas

If you want real life, live it. If you want psychodrama, create it. If you want to fall in love, go after it. If you want to be transported, though, if you want to feel immersed in an individual’s vision of a story, a world, and the degree to which one might shape the other, go to the movies. Most specifically, Gordon Willis’s movies.
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 19, 2014 4:47 AM
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Andrew Garfield’s Face; Or, How Culture Works

I find myself increasingly tired of seeing Andrew Garfield’s face these days. This feeling, however, has little to do with Andrew Garfield, and even less to do with his face.
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 13, 2014 4:17 AM
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Of Kisses, Mirrors, and HATESHIP LOVESHIP

There’s a moment, early on in "Hateship Loveship"--a new Liza Johnson film sensitively adapted by Mark Poirier from a story by Canadian literary natural resource Alice Munro--where Kristen Wiig kisses a mirror. When I say "kisses," I suppose I mean more than that: she really makes out with it.
  • By Max Winter
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  • April 25, 2014 11:51 PM
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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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