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    In the Future We Will Have Less of Everything: On HOW I LIVE NOW and Its Predecessors

    Has there ever been a film about the future that advocated in favor of progress, rather than against it? "How I Live Now," in its own quiet way, works beautifully and admirably against this trend, pervasive as its gloom might be, in suggesting that the sanctity of human relationships can create a ba...

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    SUNLIGHT JR. and American Film's Misunderstanding of Poverty

    American filmmakers don't understand the poor. From Charlie Chaplin's Tramp films on through "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," the portrayal of impoverished people in films has settled into a comfortable group of cliches.

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    The Good Struggle: ILYA AND EMILIA KABAKOV: ENTER HERE

    "Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here" is less a documentary than a study of the ways we react to tragedy, to trauma, to past suffering--in Kabakov's case, the trauma was the time he spent living under Soviet rule, from 1933 to 1987.

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    The Tragic Absorption of THE MOTEL LIFE

    There are times, during THE MOTEL LIFE, when it seems as if the film is sustaining itself on pure mood.

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    The Axis of Cool in DRINKING BUDDIES, and How It Tilts

    Joe Swanberg, as has been duly noted elsewhere, is building a portrait of a generation with his body of work. It's easy to imagine that, as Swanberg's films expand in scope, the crisis his characters face, the crucial question--can my plaid, my organic coffee, and my iPod survive my larger life cris...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 1

    The sense that a man, when faced with a problem, be it the legality of his enterprise, death, the ineptitude of other humans, or all three, might flail in the desert air, and find nothing giving resistance, moving him forward.

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    Can't See the Movie for the Screen: THE CANYONS and the American Worship of Celebrities

    I could write an entire essay about "The Canyons"--1000-2000 words, at least--without ever having seen it.

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    The Age of Counter-Intuition: What Thomas Vinterberg's THE HUNT Might Tell Us About Ourselves

    You wouldn’t necessarily think of The Hunt as a film that might speak to American life, whatever that is, but there is quite a bit in it that might appeal to the growing American longing for justice, denied perpetually by the seductiveness of counter-intuition.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Beautiful Nightmares: David Lynch's Collective Dream

    David Lynch could be a wonderful stage director. Crazy to say, perhaps, but perhaps not.

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    REMEMBERING ANDREW SARRIS, 1928-2012

    This is a remembrance of film critic Andrew Sarris (1928-2012).

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