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101 years of gay cinema

This week the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on two historic cases that seek to expand the scope and definition of equal rights in America to include gay people. In honor of The Supreme's two rulings that most of us hope will…

How to Mentor an Aspiring Cinephile?

Indiewire's Criticwire addressed today this question from a reader: "I mentor a 14-year-old from Harlem and nothing would make me happier then to have her enjoy 'art house' movies.  She goes to Hollywood movies in chain theaters, and…

Stanley Kubrick: The Invisible Man

Discovered this on Behind the Scenes via David Hayes' Trigger Street Labs Qute a treasure. The video quality is about as bad as it can be without being crushed to globs of mush, but Kubrick's images hold up incredibly well, even with the…

Souvenirs of The New Wave & the Left Bank

Check out the background essay at The Playlist Jose Gallegos wrote to accompany his affectionate video tribute to French film of the 1960s. What a great phrase: "la naissance de l'auteur." The noise at the beginning and end of the…

Oscar Scrapbook: Jane Darwell, 1940

(clip at criticalpast.com) Take one, take two, take three... ...and take four: "Thank you very much, Miss Fontaine. Very difficult for me to express myself... Hattie McDaniel made this look so fucking easy last year!" (thanks to Rhett…

Getting to know The Thing

If you like the uneasy feeling of ambiguity surrounding the final identity The Thing, then don't watch this fairly convincing investigation of the visual clues John Carpenter planted to tip us off. (by Rob Anger at Collative Learning,…

The Godfather dodges the bullet

Lawrence Olivier as Don Corleone? It almost happened. Open Culture explains: During casting, Paramount executives originally pushed for Laurence Olivier. But when he couldn’t take the film, and when the director, Francis Ford Coppola,…

"Awesome People Hanging Out Together"

Palate cleanser and quarantine zone between the Twilight teaser and Deathly Hallows clip. It's a small small world for Walt Disney and Salvadore Dali. (from awesomepeoplehangingouttogether) Full-size after the cut,

Shot quote quiz. Name that homage.

Opening shot of two well-known thrillers. In two high-angle aerial views, we watch convoys of cop cars snaking their way along the sinuous two-lane S-curve of two highways at night. Both screenshots come from the first 30 seconds of…