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A TOUCH OF ZEN & VIOLENCE: ON THE FANTASY OF CLIFF BOOTH

As moral panic around fantasy violence flares up, Quentin Tarantino argues for a philosophy of cathartic, ethical screen violence via the charisma of Brad Pitt

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“THY SHALL BEAR WITNESS!” A CASE FOR THE CONTINUED ADMIRATION OF SILENT CINEMA

In a time of overwhelming and oppressive “realism” on screen, it’s worth looking back at the creative virtues of silent cinema

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FILM CRITICISM & THE NEW PURITANISM: A POLEMIC ON WHERE WE ARE

Cinema has maintained a liberating anti-Puritan ethos since its conception, but how long can that last in today’s febrile and sensitive culture?

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ARCHIVES OF PAIN: SHOAH, A RETROSPECTIVE REAPPRAISAL

A close look at Claude Lanzmann’s harrowing and seminal nine-hour Holocaust documentary

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THE ROCKY ROAD TO MEANING: THE ENDURING PHILOSOPHY OF A HOLLYWOOD ICON

Why does Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa occupy such a treasured spot in the public imagination?

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“DEAD, I’ll SUFFER LESS”: DEAD SOULS & THE DOCUMENTATION OF DECAY

A close look at Wang Bing’s epic eight-hour delve into the survivors of Mao’s “re-education” camps

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ON EXHUMING THE DEAD: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS

The resurrection of actor Peter Cushing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is wrong and extremely disturbing

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GUARDIANS OF WHAT, EXACTLY?: THE POST-COLONIAL MEANING OF GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

There’s a hidden, deeper meaning behind Marvel’s family space opera