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New York Film Festival 2014, Part Four: The Reel Deal

October 15, 2014
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New York Film Festival 2014, Part Four: The Reel Deal

This series on the NYFF52 concludes with consideration for Foxcatcher, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, and Clouds of Sils Maria.
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No Place Like Home? Women on the “Outside” in Hindi Cinema

October 14, 2014
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No Place Like Home? Women on the “Outside” in Hindi Cinema

Dina Khdair analyzes the conflict between interior and exterior in Highway and Queen.
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New York Film Festival, 2014, Part One: Small Marvels

September 22, 2014
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New York Film Festival, 2014, Part One:  Small Marvels

This year a number of the initial screenings have left me wondering whether they can conceivably get any better.
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Steven Soderbergh: Television’s Latest Showrunner/Auteur

August 12, 2014
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Steven Soderbergh: Television’s Latest Showrunner/Auteur

The fusion of cinema, television, and personality has critics resounding with near-universal praise for Cinemax's The Knick, resulting in a very heavy ride on the Steven Soderbergh bandwagon.
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The Guardians of Good Taste: Critics and the “Fanboy” Menace

August 5, 2014
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The Guardians of Good Taste: Critics and the “Fanboy” Menace

Why do critics claim that only "fanboys" can make sense of Guardians of the Galaxy?
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I, Reboot (Part II)

May 20, 2014
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I, Reboot (Part II)

This second installment of "I, Reboot" dives into the origins of the reboot-as-narrative-analogy and distinguishes "reboot" from "ret-con."
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I, Reboot (Part 1)

May 8, 2014
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I, Reboot (Part 1)

What is a reboot, then? This is the overarching question of this series of articles and one which I have been wrestling with for six years or so.
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Negotiations and Regressions of Cultural Politics in Disney’s Frozen

March 24, 2014
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Negotiations and Regressions of Cultural Politics in Disney’s Frozen

The politics of Disney's Frozen are indicative of symptomatic shifts within an otherwise largely entrenched ideological core.
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Following the Instructions

March 17, 2014
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Following the Instructions

Continuing to think about LEGO, the idea of “creativity,” and the unequal extension of that idea to different consumer groups.
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The Art of Life: Cinema Verité and Melodrama Rendez-Vous in Robert Greene’s Actress

March 15, 2014
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The Art of Life: Cinema Verité and Melodrama Rendez-Vous in Robert Greene’s Actress

Now in its eleventh year, Columbia, Missouri’s True/False Film Festival is rapidly becoming a major stop on the North American festival circuit.
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Fort McMoney: Media for the Age of Oil

February 3, 2014
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Fort McMoney: Media for the Age of Oil

Melissa Aronczyk discusses Fort McMoney, an interactive web documentary designed to raise awareness of the conflicts among industrial, political and environmental interests in the development of oil.
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Say My Name: Unnamed Black Objects in This Year’s “Quality” Films

December 20, 2013
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Say My Name: Unnamed Black Objects in This Year’s “Quality” Films

This year has been heralded as a renaissance for films featuring black actors and actresses. Many of these black actors and actresses have performed in “quality” films like 42, The Butler, and 12 Years A Slave. As an arbiter of their “quality” these films have already begun racking up award nominations, and in some...
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Let’s talk about search: Some lessons from building Lantern

August 14, 2013
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Let’s talk about search: Some lessons from building Lantern

This week, Lantern, a search and visualization platform for the Media History Digital Library, reached its first wide public.
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“Vulgar Auteurism:” Out with the New, In with the Old

June 11, 2013
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“Vulgar Auteurism:” Out with the New, In with the Old

The current debate over vernacular auteurism overlooks an important fact: French auteurism was always vulgar.
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

June 7, 2013
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

Casting news on Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' leads to a reflection on his past work, authorship, and his own inherent vices.
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