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Bombs Away?!

April 10, 2013 | One Comment

On the ultimate inciting incident and its recurrence in movies.

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: Marlon Brando, no. 20

February 20, 2013
LAST TANGO IN PARIS

Brando seems to transcend his most memorable parts to symbolize a style of performance, a feat that few actors ever achieve.

The Film 100: John Wayne, no. 11

February 19, 2013
JOHN WAYNE

Wayne made only thirty-one westerns, but in these roles he established the code of the screen hero—free, fair, decisive and determined.

Terms of Engagement

February 18, 2013
HEARTS AND MINDS

On how the best of our political documentaries stand the tests of time.

The Film 100: Stanley Kubrick, no. 37

February 15, 2013 | One Comment
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Kubrick brought a grand vision to the screen with strikingly powerful images.

The Film 100: Robert De Niro, no. 85

February 12, 2013
RAGING BULL

With his gift of rendering reprehensible antagonists human and complex, De Niro has remained one of the most watchable men in movie history.

5 Broken Cameras, 1 Changed Oscar Race

January 31, 2013
5 BROKEN CAMERAS

As participants rather than ‘gatekeepers’ call the shots, the nature of the nonfiction storytelling game changes.

The Film 100: Leni Riefenstahl, no. 81

December 31, 2012
OLYMPIAD

Riefenstahl’s misfortune was partly a historical one: her rise to glory as a director of international acclaim coincided with the rise of Nazi Germany’s bid for world domination.

The Film 100: Lillian Gish, no. 66

December 10, 2012 | 2 Comments
BROKEN BLOSSOMS

Lillian Gish was hailed as the first serious movie actress, and her early shorts became training films for scores of actors making the transition from the theater.

Vargas Speaks on THE VIOLIN’s Plaintive Tune

November 23, 2012
THE VIOLIN

THE VIOLIN, the violence, corrido and revolution: Francisco Vargas on his celebrated feature-film debut.

Documentary: LET THERE BE LIGHT Reopens Dark History

June 13, 2012
LET THERE BE LIGHT

John Huston’s long suppressed portrait of shell-shocked WWII soldiers still poses difficult existential questions.