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Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design by Jan-Christopher Horak

A Book Review by Tony Williams. The work of Saul Bass is familiar to those impressed by credit openings of The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Cowboy (1958), Bonjour Tristesse (1958) Vertigo (1958), Psycho, (1960) Walk on the Wild Side (1962), Anatomy  of a Murder (1959), Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) and many others. Horak’s […]

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An Interview With Gayle Kirschenbaum: Look At Us Now, Mother!

By Anna Weinstein. Gayle Kirschenbaum ’s 2004 documentary A Dog’s Life: A Dogamentary, which premiered on HBO, explores the bond between dogs and humans, told through her relationship with her Shih Tzu, Chelsea. Her documentary short, My Nose (2007), was a festival favorite and became the inspiration for her most recent documentary, Look At Us Now, […]

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Crimson Glory: The Hidden Depths of Dario Argento’s Deep Red

By Cleaver Patterson. Anyone taking it upon themselves to comment on a film by the master of the giallo thriller Dario Argento is, to some extent, staking their reputation as a critic and writer.  No-one will ever get it one hundred per cent right.  Aficionados of his work — of which there are many — […]

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A Patriarch’s Infamy: The Clan

By Elias Savada. An ugly, dirty war begets the airing of some nasty laundry. That’s the simple historical concept – and quite an emotional memory for the too many South Americans who suffered through the bad times – driving millions of fascinated fans to Pablo Trapero’s new feature The Clan (El Clan), Argentina’s official submission for […]

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Diverse Stories, Diverse Faces: Songs My Brothers Taught Me

By John Duncan Talbird. First-time feature writer-director Chloé Zhao’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me opens and closes with the narration of teenage Lakota Indian Johnny Winter (John Reddy). The first image is of him barebacked on a horse, voiceover emotionlessly informing us about the wisdom he’s gained breaking horses: “Anything that runs wild has got something […]

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Zootopia: A Modern Interpretation of a Fairy Tale

By Cleaver Patterson. Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a young bunny with big ideas. Living in the rural town of Bunnyburrow her parents expect her to follow in the family tradition, growing and selling various fruit and vegetables. But Judy yearns to go to the fabled city of Zootopia, where she aims to become the […]

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Fearless Realism: Krisha

By Elias Savada. Other than a kitchen catastrophe, there’s not a sloppy moment in Trey Edward Shults’ micro-budgeted, crowdsourced Krisha, an incredibly well-constructed debut feature that plays like a home movie gone awry. Considering that the director-writer-editor, just 25 years old, shot it over a mere 9-day period in his parents’ home two summers ago, confirms […]

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Star Wars Episode VII: Feminism from “Far, Far Away”

By Sotiris Petridis. Introduction The Star Wars saga is an internal and important part of popular culture since its first filmic text back in 1977. Apart from the films, there are comics, novels, television series, and a plethora of merchandising products that interact with our everyday life. So, gender representation in this filmic universe matters […]

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Framing Law and Crime: An Interdisciplinary Anthology from Rowman & Littlefield/Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

In April, 2016, the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Rowman & Littlefield will release Framing Law and Crime: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, edited by Caroline Joan “Kay” Picart, Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Cecil Greek; Picart, Jacobsen and Greek also authored and co-authored individual chapters in the book. The edited collection was published as one of the first books […]

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Old Men Rule in Remember

By Elias Savada. The perception that people of significantly older age can’t control their destinies, particularly if dementia is knocking at their door, is expressively examined in Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s Remember, a substantially wobbly, yet incredibly persuasive Holocaust revenge thriller masquerading as a cross-country road movie. The award-winning Egoyan, known for such challenging films as […]

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