Exposition December 05, 2013
True serial movies, the to-be-continued films that have been back in vogue since Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings movies, usually wrap up one of two ways. The latest Hunger Games installment follows an earlier, more daring model.
Mad Love December 03, 2013
Kathleen Hanna, subject of the new documentary The Punk Singer, feels so strongly about the 1983 Lizzie Borden film Born In Flames that she used to make it part of her signature. Here, she explains the many reasons why.
Exposition December 03, 2013
Robert Altman’s Nashville has prompted debate about what it gets right and wrong since its 1975 release. For one past resident of Nashville, the way the film captures the spirit of the time and place matters more than the details.
The Conversation December 02, 2013
From an influx of stylish Korean directors to Hollywood movies being made with an eye toward Chinese tastes, the influence of Asia on American films has never been stronger. We talk about how this complicated relationship is changing films on both sides of the Pacific.
Specific Streaming November 27, 2013
Whether you’re headed for a big intergenerational Thanksgiving dinner or sitting at home alone with a turkey TV dinner, we have a specific film recommendation for the occasion.
Movie Of The Week November 27, 2013
In the years between Animal House in 1978 and Vacation in 1983, National Lampoon had a chance to become a cinematic comedy force. Instead, it released two barely seen, barely watchable films that capture the comic institution at its worst.
Movie Of The Week November 26, 2013
We look back at what still works (Belushi, Belushi, Belushi) and what doesn’t hold up (racism and rape jokes), and how it all colors our perception of a film that influenced a generation of comedy.
The Conversation November 25, 2013
The second installment of the blockbuster adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ YA novels is a major improvement on its predecessor, in ways both large and small. We talk over what worked, and what still needs improvement.
Short Cuts November 23, 2013
In a 2006 short film, velociraptor, a robot, and two humans face off over desperately scarce resources in a parched alien landscape. Meanwhile, in 1959, an animated, car-shaped alien shudders over drivers’ selfishness and religious hypocrisy.