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    All Tomorrow's Parties: "The Great Gatsby" Meet "Spring Breakers"

    Within the span of a couple months, audiences and media have witnessed the debauched excess of the American Dream gone sour, of attractive young men and women imbibing themselves to delirium, violence and self-destruction. If there ever were a comment on the failed hopes and ideals of our curren...

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    Baz Luhrmann's Glitzy "Great Gatsby": Out of Step with America's 99%

    Still struggling with the Great 2008 Depression, enduring economic inequality and Congressional intransigence, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" looks as if it will become a major miscalculation--not only a box office disappointment, I expect, but a significance misjudgment of where the country is a...

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    The Post-Katrina Politics of "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

    Now that "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is far from the protective, progressive bubble of Sundance and venturing out into the wide, wide world of mainstream movie theaters this week, the fantastical movie is encountering increasing questions about what it says and shows about post-Katrin...

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    UPDATED: Is San Francisco's Castro Theatre Finished as a Movie Venue? Not So Fast?

    Earlier this week, it was reported the famous Castro Theatre, long a cinematic home for the queer community, art-house gems and one of San Francisco's classic movie palaces (built in 1922), was finished as a movie theatre, according to the blog, the Petrelis Files. Many staffers were fired, i...

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    Is Michael Moore Pro-Piracy: Illegal Copies of "Capitalism: A Love Story" Inspiring OWS?

    While speaking in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Theater to promote his new book, "Here Comes Trouble," Michael Moore told a crowd they could take part in the Occupy Wall Street movement without getting their hands too dirty, by moving funds from established banks to local credit unions, or ...

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    Will Sundance 2012 Docs Influence Debate on Poverty, Hunger, Economic Inequality?

    With the announcement of the Sundance competition on Wednesday, the documentary program -- as usual -- is newsworthy: 16 nonfiction films representing some of the most respected filmmakers of the form. As with past Sundance docs, there is a real chance to influence the national discussion on impo...

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    Occupy Wall Street: The Movie; Will There Be a Definitive Film of the Movement?

    So far, Occupy Wall Street has inspired a dozen prominent filmmakers, from Haskell Wexler to Jonathan Demme to Jem Cohen, to document the rising protest movement. And a handful of Hollywood and indie films, produced after the rebellion's rise, from "Margin Call" to "Tower Heist...

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    Celebrate Guy Fawkes this week with "V for Vendetta" and #OWS

    Over the weekend, the British celebrated Guy Fawkes Day. which honors the execution of the controversial figure who led a plot to blow up the House of Parliament, and was then caught, summarily tortured and killed in 1605. Fawkes is making a comeback in the U.S., of course: a mask of the man, m...

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    Experimental Filmmaker Ken Jacobs Occupies Wall Street - in 3D!

    The number of filmmakers documenting the Occupy Wall Street is growing. After recent efforts by Jonathan Demme and Jem Cohen, veteran avant-garde luminary Ken Jacobs -- father of Azazel Jacobs -- has uploaded a 6-part series of videos to YouTube (part one is embedded below). Like many of videos t...

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    Will "Tower Heist" Help Topple Capitalism? Or Is it Too Dumb?

    In the last few weeks, the media has made mountains out of the economically topical movies to hit movie theaters, from "Margin Call" (obviously set during Wall Street's collapse) to "In Time" (Andrew Niccol's more sci-fi vision of haves and have-nots, battling it out...

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