Film

'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.

Larry David Keeps Playing Himself, and It's Getting Old
August 12, 2013

Larry David might look like a new agey Moses in his HBO movie Clear History, which premiered Saturday night, but somehow the wild facial hair and flowing pants only serve to make him seem more like Larry David.

Hollywood Is in Trouble, and We're All Going to Pay
August 12, 2013

It's been a tough summer for the film industry. A number of high profile films have tanked at the box office, and even Steven Spielberg—the man commonly assumed to have birthed the blockbuster era—is predicting the "implosion" of Hollywood.

Aaron Sorkin's Lightweight Moral Gravity
And what's right about 'Burning Bush'
August 07, 2013

Turning from "The Newsroom" to “Burning Bush” is to go back in time and to come forward in sensibility.

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