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The Best Movies Since Last Tuesday (So Far)

Google "best movies of 2011 so far" (without the quotation marks) and you'll get approximately 19-and-a-half million results, which is just about what this whole obsessive-compulsive list-making thing feels like to me. "Ten-best" (and "ten-worst") mania used to be an…

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How much spoilage does a spoiler really spoil?

At The Frontal Cortex (a blog you should bookmark), Wired contributing editor Jonah Lehrer reveals his backward reading habits (yes, he likes to peek at the endings first) and cites a study that may indicate people enjoy stories more when…

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Our Hospitality: Buster Keaton and gravity

From my piece on Buster Keaton's "Our Hospitality" at Alt Screen: Among the things you will learn from watching Buster Keaton's "Our Hospitality": ● A novel method for easily collecting firewood. ● How to move a donkey away from railroad…

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Opening Shots: Memento

From Andrew Davies: I think the first shot of Christopher Nolan's Memento could be best described as the film in miniature because of how the subject of the shot establishes several important elements of the film. The credits begin on…

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About this whole Netflix pricing thing...

I understand. That is to say, I understand Netflix's reasons for raising prices and offering DVD-only and streaming-only plans (they were losing money, they want to push customers to streaming which has lower delivery costs, etc.) and I understand the…

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TABLOID: Still headlines after all these years

Above: Joyce McKinney and Errol Morris at a screening of "Tabloid" at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles (Los Feliz), July 13, 2011. I believe that's her dog's leash she's holding. (photo by Tiffany Rose) "Joyce and I are getting…

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George C. Scott watches the Jack and Jill Trailer

It's simple, really: Trailer for Adam Sandler's "Jack and Jill" (Dennis Dugan, 2011) + memorable scene from "Hardcore" (Paul Schrader, 1979) in which George C. Scott discovers that his missing daughter has been making porno movies. Instant movie magic. (tip:…

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They call it Stormy Monday

In 1988, Roger Ebert writes a review of Mike Figgis's "Stormy Monday," which begins: "Why is it," someone was asking the other day, "that you movie critics spend all of your time talking about the story and never talk about…