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Is Occupation Sustainable? Thoughts on Dror Moreh's The Gatekeepers

(48) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 6:32 PM

In light of the story of Passover and of President Obama's recent comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, now is the time to see Dror Moreh's brilliant Academy Award-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers. The film tells the story of the Israeli Shin Bet, Israel's security service, from the perspective of six former...

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Why Michael Haneke's Amour Is Not a Depressing Movie

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:30 PM

There's no use crying over spilt milk, or a life well-lived, for that matter. Michael Haneke's Amour, a French-language film nominated for five Oscars, chronicles an aging French couple struggling with the wife's slew of physical and mental health problems. The film starts with the most depressing sequence of the...

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Shaky Politics, Shaken Bond

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 12:16 PM

Skyfall is a contemporary movie. As loaded and/or meaningless as that word can be, the viewer can immediately decipher that Skyfall is different and current because of 1) the lack of outdated gender norms (there's not really a token Bond girl, even though he presumably beds two) and 2) the...

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Andy Stott's Luxury Problems Challenges EDM Landscape

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 4:30 PM

As music writers all across the world scurry to listen to as many of the year's releases as possible before constructing "best of" lists, one album I can't help but listen to repeatedly (over others I haven't even listened to) is Andy Stott's November release Luxury Problems. Stott and the...

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