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The two entertainment unions, already angered over runaway production, have tenaciously met the challenge and escalated the fight.

We've got too many stimuli and not enough places to put them. And so, perhaps, we keep moving around the surplus excitement, sticking it onto this or that image, with the unintended consequence of creating the hyperreal.

Blessed with a pitch-perfect name for his métier, Lester Bangs
wrote on the subject of rock music--writing, for him, being a matter of
slamming two nouns together so their heads rang, an

If our political parties insist on producing bad show business, then the
least we should demand is that Hollywood make good movies.

Long before I'd gone to a theater and lashed myself to a seat, I formed two expectations about The Perfect Storm.

It is a depressing rule for students of American political discourse that the more one happens to know about a given subject, the more amazing one finds the brazen ignorance that passes for publi

"Making Choices" at MoMA

In Me, Myself & Irene, Jim Carrey bullies a series of small children, gets into senseless fights (on the grounds that "he started it") and reverts hungrily to breast-feeding.

The first thing I need to explain about Bruno Dumont's Humanité shouldn't have to be said at all. It's that the film is not a whodunit.

Everyone knows you can't film Remembrance of Things Past, so Raúl Ruiz did it.

Blogs

The narrative in Kathryn Bigelow's soon-to-be-blockbuster endorses torture, at least implicitly.

December 12, 2012

Many in the media are criticizing Katheryn Bigelow’s depiction of torture in her new, critic-pleasing film.

December 11, 2012

November's victories at the ballot box show the drug war is vulnerable. 

December 10, 2012

One of Obama’s favorite TV shows warns him directly against the terror of drones.

December 10, 2012

Some details in Skyfall are just too silly to accept.

November 29, 2012

The filmmaker challenges the accepted narrative that dropping the bomb(s) was the right thing to do.

November 26, 2012

The long-time Dylan historian sounds off on the Bard’s thirty-fifth studio album.

October 2, 2012

Sixty-seven years later, a look at one of the great, unknown tales of Hollywood "censorship."

September 27, 2012

The campaign season earns local television stations enormous sums of money. What should they give back?

August 14, 2012

The hit BBC show Luther, not to mention real London police, are important reminders that you don't need a gun to be a good cop.

 

July 31, 2012