The Campaign

2012: The Love/Hate List

In 1988’s Bull Durham, Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) famously said that “fastballs are boring, and besides that, they’re fascist.” Well, that’s how I feel about Top Ten Movies of 2012 lists. It is that time of year in when critics of every stripe release their own personal Best Of lists. Not me. It is presumptive…

Joaquin Phoenix

Paul Thomas Anderson is a “Master” of History

“The Master” opens on a shot of the marbled blue-white wake of a battleship, and director Paul Thomas Anderson returns to that image several times throughout the film. Soon, it becomes clear why; the image embodies the film’s subject, the muddled and mysterious history that we leave behind us, specifically the history of one sailor…

Boogie Nights

Top Five Liberal Movies: Part One

Last month, we counted down the five most conservative movies of all time. Now it’s the liberals’ turn. I’ll admit that this list was a little tougher to construct. Because movie studios are profit-driven and must appeal to the most basic set of values, most successful studio movies have an undercurrent of conservatism running through…