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The Love of the Father: Fathering in The Royal Tenenbaums and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

{Written by H. R. Gibs} The role of the father in cinema, as in life, is an important one. Often depicted in unhealthy terms or through two-dimensional gormlessness, the internal motives of the father character can so often be restrained to a simplistic moral leaning of “good” or “bad”. In Richard Curtis’s 2013 film About…

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Nymphomaniac: A Left-Handed Film

[written by Cole Clark] A Stone in Your Shoe How can a filmmaker make anguish engaging? It takes a certain amount of confidence, and material that’s provocative enough to ruffle some feathers. Michael Haneke and David Lynch, for example, craft stirring films from tortuous content. Haneke’s The Piano Teacher and Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return are…

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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean: A Late-Capitalist Revenge Fantasy for Oddballs and Outcasts

[written by Jacob Berkowitz] During his marriage to Evelyn Keyes, John Huston owned a pet monkey. Much to Evelyn’s dismay, one night John let the monkey stay in the bedroom the two shared. Shockingly, Evelyn woke up the next morning to find her clothes in tatters, and her underwear transformed into a primate toilet. Evelyn…

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In Conversation: Cannes

Kern: Cannes would have begun this week, were it not cancelled due to COVID-19, so I thought this week we’d discuss Cannes and film festivals in general. I want to get into our personal experiences with festivals and when we started first following festival coverage, but I figured there’s no better way to start than…

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