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    Love and Crime in the Mountains

    In a Year of Mixed Feelings, the Sundance Film Festival’s All-Over-the-Map Programming

    February 2, 2017
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    The news that An Inconvenient Sequel, the decade-later follow-up to the 2006 Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, would be opening the 2017 Sundance Film Festival came only shortly before the first day, but the pick seemed fitting considering the line-up’s general doom and gloom with twinges of hope and humor. By contrast to its predecessor, Sequel […]

    the arrival of the train

    contemplating cinephilia

    December 8, 2016
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    I first encountered the Lumière brothers’ L’Arrivée d’un train in an introductory film theory class at Brown. Shot on the Lumière brothers’ revolutionary cinématographe, it was one of the earliest movies to be screened in public. Though groundbreaking when it was released in 1895, the film seemed unremarkable when I saw it: It consists of […]

    unfamiliar waters

    loving and moana at the movies

    December 1, 2016
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    Loving, Jeff Nichols’ new biopic about the couple at the center of the Supreme Court case that ended anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, is neither truly a biopic nor a film about the center of anything. The name’s on the nose, but only incidentally—Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) was a white laborer who, in 1958, […]

    Of Mountains and Movies

    A Week at the Telluride Film Festival

    November 10, 2016
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    The Telluride Film Festival is the pot-smoking, capitalism-hating bohemian of the film festival world. While most of the major film festivals, from Cannes to Venice to Toronto, revel in the glitz and commercial spectacle of it all, Telluride runs a quieter operation focused solely on the movies. No competition, no paparazzi or free critics’ passes […]

    senior slump

    the modern film auteur and the impossibility of following oneself

    November 3, 2016
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    As a preface—did you see, Hail, Caesar?  (That’s a tricky sentence to write, incidentally, since the stylistic typography used by the Coen brothers for their most recent directorial effort is actually Hail, Caesar!, which is a devil of a thing to try to end an interrogative with, but there you are.) If you did, statistically […]