April 2016

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      Violence is a Very Sad Poetry: The Films of Sam Peckinpah

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      In a prickly interview for the BBC in 1976, Sam Peckinpah unpacked his relationship with bloodshed. His films, which so often showed brutal massacres, were meant to reflect what he saw in the world. “Let’s look at the facts,” he...
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        Besos to "Besa: The Promise"

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        First, Paris. Then San Bernardino. Now, Brussels. In between, there has also been Ankara and Istanbul. In response, the hatemongers are becoming more and more vocal. Muslims are seen as non-European, non-Western and even un-American because they are...
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          Meet the Writers: Monica Castillo

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          Editor's note: To give you a chance to get to know our writers better, we've asked them to respond to some questions. In coming weeks, we'll be posting their responses, which will always be available as a link from their contributor biography page....
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            Miles Ahead

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            “Miles Ahead” is a film of ugly, bold bravado. Images move in and out of focus, at times without reason. The camera often sits in unexpected places—down an alley near the dumpster, languidly careening from one...
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              The Dark Horse

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              I have a soft spot for sports movies where an underdog comes up from behind, culminating in a moment of pure triumph. The genre can be hokey or sentimental, but there is an underlying power and inspiration in those cliches. "The Dark Horse" is a...
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                Afternoon

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                A good psychoanalyst doesn’t do a lot of talking. They let their patient talk, and talk, and talk. After a while, a person who’s been given such reign to express themselves becomes unwittingly naked and vulnerable to the discerning...
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                  Francofonia

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                  Jean-Paul Sartre's play “No Exit” premiered in May 1944, while his beloved Paris was under Nazi occupation. To skirt the occupiers’ curfews, the play is just one act, in which three characters find themselves in a very...
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                    Kill Your Friends

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                    Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before: A coolly handsome, accomplished professional secretly goes on a jealousy-fueled killing spree. A nosy detective and a pesky secretary find their way into the mix. References to specific...
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                      Sold

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                      The girl is 13 years old from a small mountain village in Nepal, but we know she is about to be trafficked as a sexual slave within minutes of the opening scenes of "Sold," an arresting film based on Patricia McCormick's novel which puts the...