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Waiting Around for Something to Happen: Don Carpenter and The Hollywood Trilogy

A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. Don Carpenter killed himself in 1995. He was a writer’s writer, never famous for the ten or so novels, dozens of stories, or screenplays he wrote and published from the sixties to the late eighties. In the 1960s, when he was first publishing and garnering attention, he wasn’t experimental […]

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Sundays and Cybèle: Serge Bourguignon’s Oscar Winner Now on Criterion

By Jude Warne.  On April 8th 1963, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, it was announced that Serge Bourguignon’s film Sundays and Cybèle had won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Fifty-one years later, Criterion has re-released Bourguignon’s Oscar winner in a remarkably satisfying Blu-ray package that showcases an immaculate 2K digital restoration […]

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Humanities in the Digital Era

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. We live in the age of the visible invisible; everything is supposedly available to us online, but in fact, only a small fraction of the knowledge and culture of even the most recent past is available on the web. The digitization of our culture is now an accomplished fact; physical media […]

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Games We Play: Nick Antosca and Armen Antranikian on The Girlfriend Game (2015)

By Matthew Sorrento. Of all the writers busy in print and onscreen, it’s great to see Nick Antosca having made a place for himself. With a sizable talent from the start, he began publishing fiction – novels and stories – upon finishing undergraduate work. His early speculative works, like the stories “Amphibian” and “Mammals,” depict […]

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99 Homes: A Sundance Review

By Jacob Mertens.  Ramin Bahrani—known in the indie festival circuit for his subtle, observational features Man Push Cart (2005), Chop Shop (2007), and Goodbye Solo (2008)—enters the current festival year with a film that pushes past the scope of the individual and toward grand meaning. Specifically, he seizes on the recent housing crises in the […]

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Finding a Place: Katharine Isabelle on Torment (2013)

By Paul Risker. Katharine Isabelle’s discovery of films could not have been more different than my own. My place has always been on the spectatorial side of the silver screen, whilst for the actor her encounter with film from a young age was interactive and set in motion experiences she could never have anticipated. “My […]

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The Return of I’m Alright Jack (1959)

By Paul Risker. “I’m alright Jack” is English slang for an individual focused solely on his/her self-interest. Though John and Roy Boultling’s 1959 satirical masterpiece borrows the phrase for its title, it’s not a film lost in its own self-interest or in possession of a complacent air. With a more than adequate DVD release back […]

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The Duke of Burgundy: Sex Film, No Nudity

By John Duncan Talbird. Peter Strickland’s new film, The Duke of Burgundy, is a cleverly beautiful and beautifully crafted exploration of the humiliation of servitude and the power struggles that take place in a relationship. It’s about the compromises and the banality of routine that comes with love. And it’s about S&M. We open on […]

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Two Days, One Night: Woman at Work

By Christopher Sharrett. I have been meaning for some time to applaud the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Their new film Two Days, One Night seems the appropriate occasion for recognition, but all of their films merit regular revisiting and, in my view, celebration. But Two Days may be of greatest importance, with its […]

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