Film and Society

Bedtime for Bonzo’s Behaviorist Bent

Bedtime for Bonzo’s Behaviorist Bent

To celebrate Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, I watched his most derided movie,...

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Four Lions: Truth is Even More Retarded Than Fiction

Four Lions: Truth is Even More Retarded Than Fiction

In WWII and the Cold War, we faced enemies the caliber of Wernher von Braun and...

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Clint Eastwood’s Career Enters the Hereafter

Clint Eastwood’s Career Enters the Hereafter

Baseball statistician Bill James’s most sobering discovery is that players peak...

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Beyond the Hubbub of Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network

Beyond the Hubbub of Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network

In the Internet Age, an increasing fraction of media “content” is generated by...

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Guggenheim’s Waiting for “Superman” is Shoddy Filmmaking at Best

Guggenheim’s Waiting for “Superman” is Shoddy Filmmaking at Best

Davis Guggenheim’s much-publicized documentary with the meaningless title of...

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Pat Tillman, Tragic American Casualty

Pat Tillman, Tragic American Casualty

The Tillman Story is a documentary about Pat Tillman, the NFL player who,...

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Twilight Hit for the Same Reasons Knight and Day Flopped

Twilight Hit for the Same Reasons Knight and Day Flopped

Believe it or not, it’s worth comparing a current box office smash—The Twilight...

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Coco & Igor: An Affair to Remember

Coco & Igor: An Affair to Remember

The astringent new romance film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky might be the...

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50 Years Later, Breathless Still Resonates and Exasperates

50 Years Later, Breathless Still Resonates and Exasperates

Is Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless the most overrated movie of all time? Of course...

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Robin Hood: A Mostly Intelligent Action Movie with Political Purpose

Robin Hood: A Mostly Intelligent Action Movie with Political Purpose

Sir Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood turns out not to be the expected proto-superhero...

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Iron Manhood

Iron Manhood

A couple of weeks before the release of Iron Man in May 2008, the American public...