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    Meet the Mike Lacher, the Man Behind the Film School Thesis Generator.

    There's a difference between thinking long and hard about something and only thinking that you're thinking long and hard about something; therein lies the brilliance of the Film School Thesis Generator, a vastly amusing work of interactive satire that popped on the web a few weeks back. Matt Singer ...

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    A Premature Defense for Olbermann.

    Tim Goodman is wrong. I think.

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    Men With Movie Cameras.

    Idiot With A Tripod from Gothamist on Vimeo.

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    An Alternative Top Ten for 2010.

    Today indieWIRE announced a group of top ten lists submitted by industry friends and contributors to the site. Since I already listed my favorites from 2010, I decided to offer a separate list of titles that in another year could just as easily serve as my favorites. After the jump, the alternative...

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    Gamers Get Serious in 'Well Played.'

    One of the more significant gaps between the various generations of media consumers alive today has come from the influence of videogames. Initially relegated to the arcade, videogames only became available as complex interactive experiences for non-professionals with the advent of the console and computer games some twenty-five years ago. So if you were born around that time, there's a much stronger chance that you have at least an appreciation for videogames than people unconvinced of their aesthetic merits. As a casual gamer, I try to follow all the latest developments, not only for the sake of keeping in touch with the cultural zeitgeist ...

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    My Top Ten for '10.

    Winter is upon it, and with the blistering cold comes the inevitable avalanche of top ten lists. I always regret putting something on there or missing something else, and I'm sure I'll try to correct the record before the year is done. But since I just submitted my favorites to the indieWIRE and Vil...

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    Tim Burton Turns to Twitter.

    Tim Burton is not crazy about the Internet. He suggested as much to me when I interviewed him last year shortly after a trailer for "Alice in Wonderland" prematurely leaked online. He misses the days when an audience could discover most of a movie's surprises only once it hit the big screen. But Burton has also been aware of the new storytelling possibilities enabled by the web, as his Flash-animated "Stainboy" series demonstrated when he first launched it ten years ago. And now he's turning to Twitter for his latest installment, a high-concept approach to narrative that finds participants energetically drawing on their own perceptions of wh...

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    Tidbits for a Turkey Day

    Some clips from me to you in celebration of whatever you want.

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    Gyllenhaal's Strengths Evident in 'Source Code.'

    I wasn't too wild about the Jake Gyllenhaal-Anne Hathaway vehicle "Love and Other Drugs," which I wrote about in this new essay for indieWIRE, but let me clear: I have an affinity for both of those actors. Hathaway's bold willingness to play against her star persona with her icky rehab-bound character in "Rachel Getting Married" proved she can really inhabit the skin of a persona, no matter how unpleasant. And Gyllenhaal has always impressed me as the rare leading man to combine youthful vitality with a mysterious dark side, as he displayed in performances ranging from "Donnie Darko" to "Brokeback Mountain." Now comes "Source Code," director ...

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