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What You Missed in November ’14

In November, I wrote a bit about Interstellar, weighed in on the Bill Cosby scandal, and made some wild connections between politics and cinema. Here are your links: Essays Is Current Cinema as Good as the Romanticized 1970s Golden Age? (Film School Rejects) District Mined: The Gerrymandering of Contemporary Cinema (Movie Mezzanine) Interstellar: Good Space Film, Bad…

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Did Johnny Depp Just Rip off Wes Anderson?

Last week, the new trailer for Mortdecai was unveiled, and we got a better look at the lead character played by Johnny Depp. In some ways, he appears to be a typical Depp weirdo: eccentric, charming, a bit annoying, but mostly harmless. More notably, the character feels awfully familiar. Wasn’t it just earlier this year…

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A Marriage on Thin Ice in “Force Majeure”

They look like a perfect family – two attractive parents, a blonde daughter and an adorable little boy – but you can tell they have problems. On the first day of their ski trip to the French Alps, the wife complains to a stranger that her husband has been spending too much time at work.…

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October ’14 Links

In October, I wrote a lot about Gone Girl, a little about Whiplash, and was one of the few critics who didn’t fall hard for Dear White People. I also reviewed two films at the New York Film Festival for Movie Mezzanine. Read the full articles below. Essays No, Gone Girl Does Not Have a Woman…

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“Fury” and Why Hollywood Loves WWII Movies Again

The success of Fury, the new World War II movie starring Brad Pitt that was #1 at the box office last weekend, could mark the start of a new trend in how Hollywood depicts war. In the years after 9/11, our movies reflected all the complexities of the War on Terror, from its morally ambiguous tactics (Rendition)…