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Understanding China in Three People

April 18, 2015
CHINA IN THREE WORDS

Three distinctly different figures in China’s contemporary cultural scene offer windows into changing worlds.

Manoel de Oliveira’s Angelic Cinema

April 8, 2015
STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA

A tribute to one of de Oliveira’s great late-period achievements: THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA.

Comic-Con for Film Studies: Highlights from SCMS

April 4, 2015

SCMS 2015 award-winner Tom Gunning: ‘In an era of new media, cinema history cannot simply be nostalgia for a lost past.’

Seven Favorites from True/False 2015

March 17, 2015
LOOK OF SILENCE

Four film critics share highlights from one of the world’s most exceptionally curated and uniquely enjoyable film events, the nonfiction True/False Film Festival.

Rohmer’s Guessing Gazes

March 8, 2015
A SUMMERS TALE

Or: why Rohmer’s films get only better with repeat viewings, like playing back the memory of a strange encounter, wondering how it might have gone differently.

Breaking Down the Beatles in A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

February 28, 2015
A HARD DAYS NIGHT

The Fab Four get quantified in the classic opening of their breakout film debut.

Oscars 2015: Video Evidence

February 21, 2015 | 4 Comments
BOYHOOD

Who deserves to win? A video essay series applies sense, cinemetrics and subjectivity to the race.

Video Evidence: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Cinematography?

February 12, 2015

Out of the shadows: rating the contenders in Cinematography.

Video Evidence: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Picture?

February 5, 2015 | One Comment
BOYHOOD

Which of the contenders asks the most essential question of cinema?

Video Evidence: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Director?

February 4, 2015 | One Comment
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Does it feel programmed by a computer or crafted by human hands?

Video Evidence: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Lead Actress?

January 29, 2015 | 3 Comments
STILL ALICE

Does likability matter more than the art of acting in this race?

Video Evidence: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Lead Actor?

January 28, 2015 | 4 Comments
AMERICAN SNIPER

Who brought depth scene by scene, second by second?