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The Seen Scene: MSPIFF 2016

For the third year in a row, I attended a fairly sizeable batch of films at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.  This year I saw nineteen films, perhaps twenty if this Thursday I make the “best of” screening of … Continue reading

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That Old Time Religion: The Walking Dead and Belief

The zombie apocalypse. By now, we know the drill. Something happened. Something terrible. Because of it, the dead have come back to life—if that’s what you call rotten corpses shambling around in half-comatose states—and they want to eat us. Worse, … Continue reading

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The Plain Truth: Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight

There’s a moment in Tom McCarthy’s latest film Spotlight when Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) crosses out a word from a manuscript about the systemic cover-up of child molestation by priests in the Catholic Church that his crack … Continue reading

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The Look of Love: Todd Haynes’ Carol

Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a bored, young department store clerk graced with waifish good looks, forced against her will to don a Santa Claus hat by her termagant manager—clearly Therese does not radiate enough holiday cheer to get the … Continue reading

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The War against Beards

Someone is waging a systematic war against beards. I don’t know who, but I suspect whoever is responsible is a pawn of global capitalism, which puts its machinery behind the elfin androgyny of a Miley Cyrus or a Justin Bieber, … Continue reading

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The “I Do”ing and the Undoing: American Acceptance of “Same-Sex Marriage”

On Monday, June 8, the Pew Research Center released the results of their most recent poll regarding Americans’ views on “same-sex marriage.”[1] Not surprisingly, Pew reports a significant shift in most Americans’ support of same-sex marriage—the overall trend in the … Continue reading

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True Self: FIREFLY and War Stories

It is not uncommon to believe that one only reveals one’s true self under the direst of circumstances, when one’s or another’s (or both people’s) life is on the line. Supposedly, in such moments decorum has been stripped away. One … Continue reading

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