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The eternal appeal of The Great Stone Face

Still wonderful, isn’t it? And no dialogue. We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces. There just aren’t any faces like that anymore.”  — Norma...

Gun crazy in love

It starts with a woman, naked and alone. She primps herself in the mirror, bangs on the brass bars of her bedpost in frustration...

Flaccid phallic fantasy

As is the case with every rabid fanbase to which I do not belong, the cult of Stephen King is scary. And not, like,...

Went the war well?

Dunkirk — the latest feature from writer/director Christopher Nolan — isn’t like any other war movie. That’s because Dunkirk isn’t the story of a...

Iron curtain hurtin’

With apologies to SNL’s Cecily Strong, during its first 40 minutes, Atomic Blonde is “the person you wish you hadn’t started a conversation with...

A story of fire and ice; silver and gold

Depending on whom you talk to, anywhere between 75 and 90 percent of all silent film is lost forever. The vast majority of everything...

A wee whee, mon ami

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has the exact problems you would anticipate an adaptation of a 50-year-old French sci-fi comic book...

Nostalgia for the frame

Elsa Dorfman isn’t interested in your soul; your surface is more than enough. And since the 1960s, Dorfman has photographed those surfaces with love...

The moment when everything changed

Scientific people know very well that time is only a kind of space. We can move forward and backward in time just as we...

All work and no play…

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. —Robert Frost Buster (Rami...

Ladies might

Maybe it was the way Kate McKinnon’s hyperbolic Australian accent hilariously tortured the word “pizza” until it simultaneously had between one and seven syllables....

Art for art’s sake

manifesto, noun: a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer What we need is works of art that are strong,...
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