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There was something befitting in spending the final days in the run-up to one of the most divisive presidential elections in US history down south in Memphis, Tennessee. A deep blue city in the far corner of an all-red state, Memphis is a place that’s united by an easygoing vibe, even as it remains divided and largely segregated. For a New Yorker and first-time visitor, however, it offered escape from the pre-election noise...
Ira Sachs’s Little Men is a movie about little moments and how they can sneak up on you in big ways—at any age. Little Men constitutes the third in what might be considered a trilogy of Sachs stories about male relationships in the big city: before last year’s Love Is Strange, Sachs made Keep the Lights On, which followed the tumultuous love affair between a filmmaker and an addict living in New York. With...
In its current and most recognizable iteration, that affiliated with Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival dates back to 1991, which means that many filmmakers who presented their earliest works at the festival are now cohabiting with a newer generation they’ve likely influenced. Included in that year’s lineup were novices Todd Haynes and Richard Linklater, alongside Barbara Kopple, who had already won an Oscar for Harlan County, USA, and canonical documentarians the Maysles....
Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and say this for the Academy's recent-years decision to monkey with the five-movie exclusivity of the Best Picture category: it has made Picture and Director much more difficult to predict. This year, eight movies were nominated; let's just list them out here, ranked by how much I liked them: 1. Mad Max: Fury Road 2. Bridge of Spies 3. Spotlight 4. The Big Short 5. Brooklyn 6. The Revenant 7. Room 8. The Martian No Hateful Eight,...

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