Film

Review: Curse of an Addict — Zanzibar

by Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein July 23, 2014
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Curse of An Addict—Zanzibar Director: Lovinsa Kavuma UK/Uganda, 2014 It’s been a month since I was first introduced to Seif and I can’t get him out of mind. Seif was a heroin addict who lived in Stone Town, Zanzibar, and I ‘met’ him through a harrowing short documentary about his life called Curse of an […]






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The disillusioned and the lost, or, Frances Ha’s life lessons

by David Alm June 7, 2013
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Noah Baumbach’s latest film, Frances Ha, takes us into the world of a young woman a few years out of college. The effect is startlingly accurate, at times painful, and generally brilliant. The subject is familiar territory for Baumbach, who has built a career exploring the existential angst of young, educated, well-meaning people who were […]






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Why Roger Ebert was the greatest movie reviewer

by Jeff McMahon April 11, 2013
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Since Roger Ebert died I’ve been watching the tribute writers struggle to express his contribution. At The Atlantic, Christopher Orr rightly describes Ebert as a movie enthusiast, but here’s the analysis that follows: “The movies he loved, he truly loved. And the movies he hated, he truly hated.” That’s so truly true Orr can reuse it for […]






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Perks of being a English major (and cineaste!)

by David Alm March 15, 2013
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These 31 perks of being an English major are by turns self-congratulatory and just plain funny, but they strike me as being just a few among many. And given that a lot of English majors also take film classes now, I’d like to extend the list into the realm of cinema studies. So with that in mind, […]






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Godard on Allen/Allen on Godard

by David Alm July 8, 2011

This isn’t timely, nor is it apropos of something else. It’s just a fascinating conversation between two of cinema’s greatest artists, Jean-Luc Godard and Woody Allen. I happened upon it after a friend shared a 1970s or 80s commercial for Schick aftershave directed by Godard (yes, really — tres chic, tres Schick), which led me to […]






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A remembrance of Miriam Hansen

by David Alm February 14, 2011

I learned of Miriam Hansen’s death the way most of the world did, from the New York Times Sunday edition. Hers was a featured obituary in the paper that day, one of two that got  full write-ups. This is a testament to the influence Hansen had on film scholarship during her luminous, 35-year career in […]






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Bad Writing, defined

by David Alm February 10, 2011

Take a minute to parse this out: “Bad art is that which does not succeed in cleansing the language of its dead — stinking dead — usages of the past.” I’m sure that within the right context — a graduate seminar on postmodern fiction, perhaps — that definition, from the poet DA Powell, could find […]






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