Film

John Goodman on the Origins of His 'Llewyn Davis' Character
January 24, 2014

This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. John Goodman can’t get comfortable. The sofa’s too deep: it dwarfs him like a giant beanbag. It’s strange to see Goodman looking dwarfed.

Slavery Is Having a Hollywood Moment. What About the Rest of Black History in America?
January 20, 2014

Why are we still waiting for a great film about Martin Luther King Jr.?

Why Blockbusters Will Always Rule Hollywood
So long, long-tail
January 17, 2014

This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. In 2006, when global optimism about the new broadband-based, interactive Web 2.0 was at its height, Chris Anderson, then the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, published The Long Tail.

Hate Awards Season Frenzy? Blame the Golden Globes.
January 09, 2014

The Golden Globes kick off the Awards Season frenzy.

'The Wolf of Wall Street': No Moralizing, Great Filmmaking
Capitalist debauchery: It's the American way
January 09, 2014

The Great Gatsby was as bad as films come, and a forlorn quagmire for DiCaprio. Now he is redeemed with The Wolf of Wall Street.

'The Selfish Giant': The Part of England Everyone Forgot
Clio Barnard's masterpiece about rural England
January 03, 2014

A masterpiece about rural, post-industrial England, based on an Oscar Wilde story.

The Story Behind the Central Song in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
December 20, 2013

The central song in 'Inside Llewyn Davis' has been performed by everyone from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan to Jeff Buckley.

'Saving Mr. Banks' Is a Two-Hour Disney Commercial
December 19, 2013

Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you’re down, it jumps on you.

Remembering Peter O'Toole
December 17, 2013

Remembering a brief encounter with the self-destructive, life-affirming star.

The Coen Brothers' New Movie Might Be Their Most Boring
'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a moody misstep
December 05, 2013

'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a moody misstep.

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