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‘Very, very manic indeed’: A Review of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

November 20, 2012 • 1
“Silver Linings Playbook,” from off-Hollywood-center director David O. Russell, revels in its depictions of how life snaps between cringing and laughter.
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Sex and Film at Yale: A Review of “The Sessions”

November 18, 2012 • 1
Although I can do without gratuitous sex scenes in my flicks, I congratulate “The Sessions,” an independent film by Ben Lewin, for attempting to do what many mainstream Hollywood pictures don’t do: approach sexual relations with the mature understanding of the emotional resonance the act has.
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Back on Madison Avenue, but only briefly

October 12, 2012 • 1
“Mad Men” is a nice show and all, but I’ve been wanting to learn about 1960s advertising without womanizing, boozing and blackfacing interrupting my experience. This past week at Yale, I was in luck. Posters across campus featuring dapper fellows in black suits and cheeky women in yellow dresses invited me to attend a screening »
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Choosing life, but without the spark

September 7, 2012 • 1
Even after the Rep. Todd Akins debacle, I wasn’t too embarrassed to call myself a pro-lifer. A safe pro-lifer; “I don’t believe in abortion except if it’ll harm the mother.” Okay, that may not be accurate. What about rape, illegitimate or not legitimate? How trustworthy were adoptions and foster care? And what about mothers who, »
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Older Film Reviews: ‘Santa Sangre’ (1989)

April 15, 2012 • 5028
There are movies that take you from point A to point B and there are those that take you from Point XG5 to Point GDT. Between these two walks Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “Santa Sangre”; while it takes overly-long, difficult, trippy detours, you’ll see that the trip’s destination is more familiar than you thought. Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky, »
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Older Film Reviews: The Lodger (1944)

April 1, 2012 • 3870
Why should the fog in “The Lodger,” one of many films about Jack the Ripper, stand out? The black-and-white cinematography of Lucien Ballard sharply divides the buildings from the fog, lending thickness to the haze. The soupy fog’s ceaseless rolling transforms into a pulsating creature that whispers death. When the first murder occurs off-screen, fog »
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Older Film Reviews: A Hard Day’s Night

March 23, 2012 • 4443
In 1964, the Beatles took no prisoners when they charmed their way into the ears and hearts of Americans. With “A Hard Day’s Night,” directed by Richard Lester, the Beatles captured the silver screen as well. Is “A Hard Day’s Night” just a promotional film? Yes; Richard Lester did churn out a quick, low-budget cash-in. »
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“Miss Representation”: or, How the media packages and sells Woman

March 2, 2012 • 1
On Feb. 29, one day shy of Women’s History Month, the Yale Women’s Center presented the documentary “Miss Representation” at the Whitney Humanities Center to a nearly full auditorium. Articulating the media’s limited and often negative portrayals of females, the documentary (written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newson) made a big impression at Sundance »
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Older Film Reviews: Legend (1985)

February 23, 2012 • 1
Ridley Scott’s “Legend” is one of the most interesting failures that I’ve ever seen. It could have been the definitive grown-up fairy tale. Scott has brilliance, but even his best films repeatedly show a triumph of visuals and story ideas over character development. In “Legend,” the story stands as a middling mix of fairy tale »
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Older Film Reviews: ‘The Black Narcissus’ (1947)

February 19, 2012 • 1
(Welcome to my weekly blog, in which I distill what made a certain older film great — or not so great — and pass it along to you.) “The Black Narcissus,” from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (the British filmmaking duo known as “the Archers”), is a great film that sits between psychological drama and »
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Classic Film Reviews: The Thin Blue Line

January 28, 2012 • 0
Welcome to “Aging at 24 Frames per Second,” a blog where I — Patrice Bowman — will review older films. Not just the well-known older films of the likes of “Citizen Kane” and “Psycho,” but others that have been obscured but fully deserve a closer look. In 250-500 words, I hope to distill what made »
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Film Studies at Yale: Learning at 24 Frames per Second

January 20, 2012 • 1
Springtime is (not really) here. But what the spring semester has brought us — besides cold, snow and cold snow — is a new batch of classes in the Film Studies Department. I’m in love with almost every single course. But, for brevity’s sake, I bring to you the most promising. Just in time for »