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#313 October 17, 2017

Matt writes: Annette Insdorf's new book, Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, will be released next month by the Columbia University Press. Click here for a sneak preview of the book's enticing contents, including excerpts...Show More Summary

'Duet for French Horn and Chair' is Everything You Need on a Monday

17 hours agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Look, I dunno, you know? On a micro level, I'm currently in the middle of moving house, which is costing me far too much money and is proving even more costly in Mental Health Units. And then on the macro...

Reddit Asks the Question: 'What Screams, 'I'm Medieval and Insecure'?'

17 hours agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Sometimes Reddit asks important questions. Like. 'What Can Men Get Away With That Women Can't?' Or, 'What Aspects of a Woman's Life Are Men Most Unaware Of?' But then sometimes it asks the really important questions. Like, 'What Screams, 'I'm...

Kumail Nanjiana Gives Great Host on Kate McKinnon's 'Saturday Night Live'

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Cold Open -- Alec Baldwin returns to play Trump at a Trucker Rally, and he spends the entire cold open largely making fun of how dumb Trump is. Donald Trump, himself, however, is probably too dumb to realize he's being...

The Definitive Ranking of the Films of David Fincher

3 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Dustin said something the other day that really resonated with me. In reporting on the imminent release of Davind Fincher's new Netflix series, Mindhunter, he held forth thus: You know what's refreshing about David Fincher right now? That he's a...

Human Flow

Few modern artists or activists have raised their middle finger with as much brazen audacity as Ai Weiwei. Twenty-two years ago, the visionary Chinese muckraker began a photography series entitled “Study of Perspective,” featuring such iconic locations as Tiananmen Square, the Reichstag, the Colosseum and the White House. Show More Summary

Company Sells Women's Suits with Gender-Swapped Ads Where it's Men who are the Dehumanised Props for a Change

5 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

'Sex sells!' the ad men screamed when asked about the use of the female body in their work. Indeed. But what that phrase really translates to in the world we live in is: 'The Dehumanised Female Form Sells!' The structural...

Harvey Weinstein, The Casting Couch and The Poison of Powerful Men

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I don't exactly remember the first time I heard the rumours about producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment towards women in the industry. What I can recall, albeit rather hazily, is browsing an old forum I frequented, dedicated to the film...

Video Essay: Roger Deakins: 0 for 13

At this point, it’s safe to say that Roger Deakins can shoot anything and it would look remarkable. The cinematographer has become something of living legend in the industry. Filmmakers and cinephiles revel at his body of work and his presence behind the camera is only bolstered by his prolific work ethic. Show More Summary

Gal Gadot Hosts a Very Bad 'SNL' Except for that One Skit Where Wonder Woman Kisses Kate McKinnon

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Cold Open -- Jason Aldean, who was the country music artist on stage when the shooting broke out in Las Vegas earlier this week, pays tribute to not only the lives lost this week but Tom Petty with a fantastic...

Reddit Asks The Question: 'What's The Dumbest Solution To A Problem That Actually Worked?'

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The funny thing about 'dumb' solutions is that sometimes they are actually really smart, as we find out when Reddit asks the question: 'What's The Dumbest Solution To A Problem That Actually Worked?' You can check out the full threa...

'Clear The Dead Libyan Bodies Away': Boris Johnson, Trump, Clinton and the Western Imperial Consensus

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At the start of September 1969, a contingent of the Libyan military known as the Free Officers enacted what they called 'Operation Jerusalem'. Riding the tide of popular revolt and led by a young Muammar Gaddafi, their goal was to.....

This Woman Takes Selfies With Every Man Who Catcalls Her

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Catcalling is neither cute nor a compliment. This seems a strange conceptual hurdle for many men to leap. Those who actually listen to the women being affected by catcalling--who tell them that rather than a positive it is threatening and...

'Full Frontal' Covers The Roots Of Our Toxic Relationship With Healthcare

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First and foremost, please, please, please go watch the opening segment on Puerto Rico, and if you can, donate. You may be shocked (SHOCKED) to find out that America's Imperialism and long standing racism have had lasting, devastating effects on...

Short Films in Focus: "Dawn of the Deaf"

Rob Savage’s “Dawn of the Deaf” is kind of maddening in that to describe the film is to give away its central premise, which is revealed at the very end. It’s a film that is all set-up. It feels like the first 10 minutes to a feature that has a brilliant idea for a zombie film that we will hopefully see someday. Show More Summary

#312 October 3, 2017

Matt writes: This year's film festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto offered plenty of enticing titles set to open over the next few months, and RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert decided to highlight some of her favorites. In an...Show More Summary

Stop Being So Mean To The People Who Run Twitter, You Guys!

2 weeks agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

There was a time when we could all go to sleep, wake up the following morning, and not have to concern ourselves with what the President of the United States has been saying on Twitter. There was a time when...

The Unloved, Part 46: "The Mangler"

Confession: I'm trying to sell a book I wrote on Tobe Hooper right now. Publishers don't seem interested. That's fair I guess, the word on Hooper for so long has ranged from disdain to disinterest, so it's not at all surprising I can't...Show More Summary

Thumbnails 10/2/17

Thumbnails is a roundup of brief excerpts to introduce you to articles from other websites that we found interesting and exciting. We provide links to the original sources for you to read in their entirety.—Chaz Ebert 1. "Jennifer Reeder,...Show More Summary

A Partial Autopsy of Megyn Kelly's First Week on NBC's Today Show

2 weeks agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

To narrow down the myriad of problems not only with Megyn Kelly's debut on NBC's perpetual cash cow of morning delights, Today, but with Kelly herself would take thousands of words and a level of patience I shall never possess....

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