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Posts in category “Film”

The Man Who Ate Liberty Valance

A creepy, haunting cannibal Western, “Ravenous” explores of the temptations of power.

Posted August 20th, 2014

The Boy Is the Father of Whatever: Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood”

The director took 12 years to film it, giving his movie time to grow up into a bore.

Posted July 18th, 2014

Is the RomCom Dead Yet?

Tired genres need reinvigorating, not abandonment.

Posted July 12th, 2014

How to Stop Time: Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive”

There’s a lot to love about this swoony, drifty vampire flick, a …

Posted May 9th, 2014

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”: Ode to a World That Once Was

Wes Anderson’s latest is an homage to Austria before the ravages of WWI

Posted March 28th, 2014

All Noir Is Reunion: “Veronica Mars,” The Movie

Nobody escapes the past in the film revival of this underappreciated TV cult hit.

Posted March 21st, 2014

Coming Out Catholic: The Movie

“Desire” captures and reveals the wild weirdness within orthodoxy

Posted March 13th, 2014

A Preview of the Oscar’s Best Picture Nominees

Rounding up the candidates in contention for taking home the statuette

Posted February 28th, 2014

The Giraffe Trick: Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty”

In decadent Rome, an aging art critic rides the success of his …

Posted December 6th, 2013

Magic Feather Syndrome and the “Cult of Self Esteem”

Noah Millman joined a lively HuffPost Live panel this week to discuss …

Posted August 18th, 2013

How to Watch A Movie

The darkened theater is under threat from the age of distraction.

Posted August 10th, 2013

Three Cheers for the Sideman

In a recent segment of HuffPost Live, James Poulos spotlights one of …

Posted August 5th, 2013

“Act of Killing”: I’m OK, You’re Dead

A philosophically rich, visually stunning, emotionally devastating, must-see movie.

Posted August 1st, 2013

Giant Robots Fight Giant Lizards in Globalization Allegory

Beyond the action, “Pacific Rim” is actually about anxiety in the face of globalization’s disruption.

Posted July 26th, 2013

“White House Down”—What a Waste

“White House Down” A Hollywood-White House-Democratic Party Production Starring Barack H. Obama …

Posted June 28th, 2013

Shadows on the Wall of the Cave

So the French philosopher Alain Badiou is apparently writing a movie about Plato (via …

Posted June 28th, 2013

We Only Like Pacifists When We Agree With Them

Alyssa Rosenberg finds the “Copperhead” trailer problematic because it doesn’t mention slavery: …

Posted May 28th, 2013