The Film that Took Over History: Abraham Zapruder's Amateur Footage of the JFK Assassination
October 04, 2013

Abraham Zapruder had gone to work that morning without his Bell & Howell 8mm movie camera. He was 58, the owner of a clothing company, Jennifer Juniors, so he couldn’t remember everything. He was Russian and Jewish, born in Kovel in 1905.

The Best Film of the Year Has Just One Actor
"All Is Lost": Why Robert Redford deserves an Oscar
October 03, 2013

A thursday afternoon, late in August, in southwestern Colorado. It has rained and it will rain again. That “it” here, the weather, has a mind of its own, generous but perilous, too, because it can change so fast. The mud is dusky red.

Faster! The Persistent, Reckless Appeal of Driving in the Movies
September 29, 2013

On the highways where 55 mph prevails, where drivers must wear safety belts, not use a cell phone, not be intoxicated, must not be having sex with anyone in the front seat, must have a license, insurance, not to mention a parking spot, here we go wit

'Prisoners' and the Rotten State of Hollywood
September 23, 2013

About forty minutes into the picture, my wife whispered, “I think I’m leaving.”“You are?” I asked with envy or admiration.“It’s ridiculous and revolting,” she said.“That’s being gentle,” I said.She reminded me that she is gentle and asked if I was co

The Remarkable—and First—Movie Filmed Entirely In Saudi Arabia
September 12, 2013

Director Haifaa al-Mansour insists Wadjda, her movie about a Saudi girl who marches to the beat of her own drum, which opens in the U.S. Friday, isn’t a “feminist film.” That may be why it’s such a good one.

The Film Festival that Best Predicts the Oscars
September 03, 2013

The real reason people go to Telluride.

An End for Walter White?
How long-form television has changed storytelling
August 31, 2013

On Sunday, August 11, I saw an evening lineup beyond refusing.

Bonnie and Clyde Reinvented
'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' is the most affecting film of the summer
August 14, 2013

'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' is the most affecting film of the summer

From the Stacks: “In Memoriam—Alfred Hitchcock”
July 26, 1980
August 13, 2013

When Alfred Hitchcock died, Mark Crispin Miller wrote this impassioned defense of Hitchcock's legacy against the onslaught of his critics, citing him as "among the greatest artists of this century."

Stop Philosophizing, Woody Allen!
August 12, 2013

If it’s a new year, it’s a new Woody Allen movie. And if it’s a new Woody Allen movie, it’s a new round of Allen treating us to his philosophy of life.