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Good Ol’ Freda

She’s leaving home.


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At 17, Freda Kelly was plucked from a typing pool to serve as secretary for what would become the biggest band in the world. Director Ryan White’s documentary Good Ol’ Freda is a charming    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

AP Film Studies: Rip-Off Artists

Heed Turkish Rambo’s battle cry.


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Your favorite movie is a rip-off. Or maybe it’s an homage. Or a reimagining. But, really, it’s a rip-off. And that’s OK.  ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallSome of our greatest cinematic treasu   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AP KRYZA

Two Wheels to Freedom

Wadjda is an extraordinary film, made in a country that bans cinemas.


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Circumstances alone make Wadjda a remarkable film. It’s the first feature shot exclusively in Saudi Arabia, a country where cinemas have been banned since the mid-’80s. Its director is a woman   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Mars Project

This magic moment.


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Khari “Conspiracy” Stewart wouldn’t be the first rapper said to have magic flow. The issue is that Stewart believes his flow really is magic, the psychic and extraplanetary kind, originati   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

AP Film Studies: Oh, the Horror!

Your body is a spoiler.


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Horror fans are perhaps the most rabid moviegoers in the world, and for true believers October is like Christmas. It’s a magical time of year when they can utter a sentence like, “Holy shit,   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AP KRYZA

Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks is America’s troubled conscience.


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It’s easy to forget this while hanging at an average Portland cafe, but America is scary as hell. Especially if you’re a Somali pirate. You probably already know the story behind the new T   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Punk Singer

Rebel girl.


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Kathleen Hanna’s life story is filled with enough incident and drama to fill a week’s worth of feature-length documentaries. She survived a strange and sometimes abusive upbringing, turned   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

AP Film Studies: Sounds of Silence

Shut up, Hitchcock!


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Alfred Hitchcock had a fondness for chatterboxes: In North by Northwest, Cary Grant barely stops quipping long enough to dodge machine-gun fire from a passing crop-duster. Psycho’s Norman Bates,   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AP KRYZA

Lost In Space

Gravity is the most stressful film of the year.


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Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity begins with a staggeringly brilliant and mesmerizingly staged 17-minute single take, which manages to encapsulate every single feeling the rest of the film will instill   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 AP KRYZA

C.O.G.

Me travel to Oregon one day.


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David Sedaris’ writing spawned a play—The Santaland Diaries—back in 1996, but the smartass satirist has long resisted cinematic adaptations of his work. Until now, that is. Kyle Patrick Alva   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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