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Jim Jarmusch: Only Indie Left Alive

Early on in Jim Jarmusch’s first feature film, Permanent Vacation (1980), its vagabond hero Allie reads aloud a passage from Les Chants de Maldoror, and quickly announces he is bored by the meandering surrealistic narrative. Toward the end of Jarmusch’s eleventh and latest feature, Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), vampire hero Adam watches a talented…

By Jonathan Eig
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Art and the Movies: The Shadow of Perfection

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection,” said Michelangelo back in the day. In today’s high-end art world, where astronomical auction sales are now commonplace, there’s an impetus to maintain that exalted status for superstar artists both present and past. In this current state of affairs, where paintings can…

By Rick Ouellette
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The Wrongs of Protocol: Movie Screenings and the Right to Complain

I talk at the movies. I also grumble, murmur, whisper, chuckle, snort, roll my eyes and shake my head. Muttering under my breath isn’t out of the question, either, nor is sighing so loudly that anyone within three rows of me can hear it. The good news is a flick’s got to be bad enough…

By Simon Hardy Butler
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Game of Thrones: The Responsibilities of Female Representation

Last week I read a fiery debate on the Swedish website Moviezine regarding how women are represented in the TV-series, Game of Thrones. The debate was mainly between two members of the website and touched on topics of gender equality, something which also served to lay bare how the concept is often perceived. It was…

By Annelie Widholm
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Raising the Barn: 7 Great Musical Moments

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly tower over the American musical film. America barely produces musicals anymore – India now dominates that market – but the classic American product, from MGM or Fox, from Lerner and Loewe and Porter, is still what most people think of when they think of the musical. Maybe more than any…

By Jonathan Eig
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Movie Music Gems: 12 Terrific, Little-Known Movie Scores

Musical scores have become so ingrained in our cinematic culture that we often notice when a film doesn’t have one. And it’s easy to take such tunes for granted; they form part of the fabric of a picture and – at their best – provide definition, as well as texture. In thinking about what makes…

By Simon Hardy Butler
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Knowing Where to Start: On the Necessity of Lists and the Canon

I’m sitting on the couch of my share house flicking through the cable TCM guide and hitting record on the films of interest. Woman of the Year (1942) with Katherine Hepburn? Record. An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr? Record. To Have and Have Not (1944) with Bogart and Bacall? Record.…

By Jaymes Durante