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Rewind: ROBOCOP’s José Padilha, Truth and Daring

February 18, 2014 | 2 Comments
ROBOCOP

Will a Padilha-style beating be good for American cinema?

Scenes: THE NEW YEAR

April 15, 2013

On embracing the beautiful ambiguity of adulthood with one of the most stunningly subtle finales in recent American cinema.

Bombs Away?!

April 10, 2013 | One Comment

On the ultimate inciting incident and its recurrence in movies.

The Film 100: Orson Welles, no. 5

March 25, 2013 | One Comment
ORSON WELLES

His innovations are the most pervasive in modern filmmaking; his body of work is arguably the most studied; and his bittersweet legend is both a warning and a challenge to all aspiring directors.

The Film 100: Clint Eastwood, no. 89

March 24, 2013
THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY

At the height of the feminist movement, Eastwood became the model of masculinity.

The Film 100: Martin Scorsese, no. 96

March 18, 2013
TAXI DRIVER

Martin Scorsese has proved to be one of cinema’s greatest artists and toughest champions.

The Film 100: Bette Davis, no. 58

March 10, 2013
Of Human Bondage

Her career made her a true role model for women in the film industry, and her incomparable screen performances left the sharpest images of forthrightness ever presented on screen.

The Iranian Film 50

March 1, 2013 | 9 Comments
ABOUT ELLY

Fifty films essential to understanding Iranian cinema.

The Film 100: Dennis Hopper, no. 91

February 28, 2013
EASY RIDER

Playing a series of flipped-out villains turned Hopper into an eccentric character actor, obscuring the magnitude of his influence.

The Film 100: Mary Pickford, no. 4

February 24, 2013 | One Comment
TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRY

Pickford was not the result of a star system, she was its genesis.

The Big Ones: THE FREETHINKER

February 22, 2013
PUNISHMENT PARK

Peter Watkins’ film is rather like entering a four-dimensional gallery of digital notecards, befuddling then exhausting and finally immensely rewarding.

The Film 100: Anita Loos, no. 25

February 22, 2013
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

Few have ever matched the style of the teenage scenarist who literally set the tone of movie dialogue.