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What Jared Leto Brought to His Role in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

In the almost two decades Jared Leto's been making movies, his roles have unavoidably been about the celebration and desecration of his unearthly prettiness.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • March 5, 2014 12:28 PM
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Paul Walker's Los Angeles

I'm not surprised film noir is a California genre. The light is hard and bright out there—all key and no fill, as they say on the backlot—and the eternal sunshine makes the shadows as dense and black as an agent's soul.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • January 3, 2014 4:03 PM
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Kathleen Hanna Up Front: On THE PUNK SINGER

This is what a feminist looks like: a young woman in a white t-shirt at the center of someone's crowded house party in Olympia, Washington, 1991, her dark hair tied back in a sloppy ponytail, all eyes on her; she holds the room's attention with the magnetism of a movie star as she chants a poem in railroad-train rhythm.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • December 4, 2013 12:41 PM
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Why DEEP THROAT Should Be Placed in the National Film Registry

It's almost that time again. Every December, the National Film Preservation Board, with the sheltering authority of the Library Of Congress hovering benevolently over its shoulder, announces the twenty-five "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" movies that will be enshrined in the National Film Registry.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • November 5, 2013 10:25 AM
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On Hollywood's False Nobility, and the Growing Power of Hype

Hollywood has always thrilled at its power to pluck a Lana Turner from the soda fountain at Schwab's, but it takes onanistic pleasure in the dark side of its hype machine, too.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • September 6, 2013 8:40 AM
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Quid Pro Quo: How THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Has Informed Our Attitude Towards Chelsea Manning

There's no precedent for what we're supposed to think about the story of Chelsea Manning. In the absence of an easy answer, our response resembles a replay of Jonathan Demme's "The Silence Of The Lambs."
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • August 27, 2013 11:13 AM
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Old Man, Look at My Life: On NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS

In 1971, Neil Young played two triumphant homecoming concerts at Toronto's Massey Hall. He was twenty-six years old, a formidable talent.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • July 20, 2012 11:34 AM
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The Amazing Spider-Mensch

Spider-Man is great at saving the world, but somebody please save Andrew Garfield from himself—judging from interviews, the poor guy's an ulcer waiting to happen.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • July 10, 2012 9:13 AM
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  • 11 Comments

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