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Film

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The Interview’s False Choices

Now that the The Interview has been released in limited theaters and on “pay-per-Youtube,” as well as enabled the questionable Margaret Cho yellowface skit...

The One That Got Away: On Inherent Vice

“Doc stroked his chin and gazed off into space for a while. ‘You know how some people say they have a ‘gut feeling’? Well, Shasta...

Grief, Investigation, and Mulholland Dr.

A month or so after my mother’s death in 2001, I found myself in an awkward situation involving David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. I had...

Zero Point Breaky

For probably dubious reasons, I find myself compelled to rehearse a feeble defense of Zero Dark Thirty (read: a defense of Kathryn Bigelow, director...

Come on, compadre. Come on!

There is absolutely nothing about Point Break that is not wonderful.  Even the bad parts (there are no bad parts).  You can watch this movie...

Oeuvre and Me

I have always avoided the idea of the “auteur” in film studies—that treatment of certain directors as the structural equivalents of great novelists. Auteur...