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04.26.2014 | 128 days ago | Posted at 08:49 AM

Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes

By David Luhrssen
  Earlier this year, while reading a biography of director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia), it struck me: the indie film explosion that brought Anderson, Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh to the fore is already history—a period that can be bracketed for convenience with start and end dates. The thought kept returning as I read the newly released paperback edition o...
03.27.2014 | | Posted at 10:48 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Film scholar David Andrews makes many arguments in his latest book and the central one is provocative: there is no such genre as “art film” or “art house,” just a set of subjective (and often dubious) signifiers by which a film (or anything else, a Brillo box?) is labeled as “art” in a culture that segregates art from everything else. Theorizing Art Cinemas: Foreign,...
01.29.2014 | | Posted at 09:05 AM

A Close Look at the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

By David Luhrssen
  Jason Sperb is not a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s something much better—an intelligent critic trying to discern what’s valuable and what’s not in Anderson’s body of cinematic work. In his close reading of the director, Blossoms & Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson (University of Texas Press), Sperb finds much to admi...
07.27.2013 | | Posted at 10:51 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Fellini, Antonioni and Visconti were dominant Italians on the international art house circuit in the '60s and '70s, but Italy's thriving movie industry knocked out scores of films in more populist genres. Spaghetti westerns, thanks to the success of Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, were the most familiar Italian exports in the U.S but horror and crime dramas also snuck ...

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