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The 15 "Edgiest" Oscar Best Picture Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2014 3:39 PM
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“Ugh, the Academy, so conservative” goes the cliché, as bloggers and pundits the movie world over take a moment to roll their eyes and sigh before diving back in to beaver away on one of a million pieces about this year’s nominations, the pros and cons, the good picks, the bad picks, the odds, the ends (hey, we’ve done a few ourselves with more on the way!) But while that knee-jerk stance is an easy one to adopt (and also comfortable—setting the speaker above the choices in question by virtue of the fact that they’re not challenging enough, not cinephile-y enough, too MOR, too bland), it doesn’t take account of those times when we’ve been surprised by the august body. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which does absolutely skew older-white-male in its demographics (as does the film industry, folks) has, on occasion given us pause—nominating a film which, in content or execution, might seem to be light years away from its wheelhouse: explicit in its treatment of sexuality, or extreme in its violence or just wholly different to our idea of an “Oscar movie.”

Watch: Philosopher Slavoj Žižek Discusses Use Of Beethoven’s Ninth In Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 27, 2013 10:41 AM
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Documentary filmmaker Sophie Fiennes crafted a rare beast in 2006’s “The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema," in that it took a man explaining philosophical concepts straight to camera over its duration and not only succeeded but actually spawned a sequel of sorts. Though when the man in question is the prominent pop philosopher Slavoj Žižek, you start to understand why: whether you agree with him or not, his arguments about films and their real-life impact generate a unique discussion, and now for his new effort, “The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology," he’s cast his eye in part on Stanley Kubrick.

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