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Screening Room: Spike Lee’s Malcolm X

Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, which was released in 1992, stands extremely tall eighteen years later. Lee’s near-masterpiece remains the finest depiction of how a great American figure becomes radicalized. Re-watching the movie, it’s remarkable how some of the old weaknesses … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

The largest ever exhibit of my favorite painter: The Daily Beast has a rundown.

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Superlative Moments in Movie History

From de Sica’s Umberto D. (1951): In this short scene, de Sica distills the entire film’s theme into the (non)interaction between these two characters. There are three scenes in Umberto D. that I think represent the height of Italian neorealism, … Continue reading

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Black President Uses the Word “Ass”; What Will We Tell the Children?

The title of this post mocks a strain of American paranoia for which I have little patience: the “what about the children?” mentality. The mighty Roger Ebert once wrote that not everything that appears on television needs to be fit … Continue reading

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Snacks and the Recession

A nice rant by George D. Allen. After being told that his small popcorn will cost six dollars… When the young girl behind the counter gave me that figure (it was the only thing I was buying), I was quite … Continue reading

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New Documentary on the History of Film Criticism

The website.

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