Film

Safety Nets: On Seeing Movies with My Children

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There’s no blueprint for any of this. If there were, I would have read it by now. ...more

The Future of Body Horror: Can Our Art Keep up with Our Suffering?

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The individuality of body horror is its signature attribute. Nothing is more intimate than one’s own body, and by extension, one’s own physical suffering. ...more

The Rumpus Review of La La Land

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Fantasy needs reality “because it’s only with the real backdrop that it works at all,” and reality needs fantasy to challenge its façade ...more

Macho Prey: Homophobia and Unlikely Victims in Tickled

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The film only grazes the issue, but homophobia is the fuel of the harassment that the targets face. ...more

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #58: James Steven Sadwith

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A self-described “actor’s director,” James Steven Sadwith has been writing, directing, and producing television movies, miniseries, and dramas for nearly three decades—and is perhaps best known for his work on the lives of Frank Sinatra and Elvis. But for Coming through the Rye, his first feature film for the big screen, Sadwith comes closer to home, chronicling in fictional form the journey he himself embarked upon as a youth.

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The Rumpus Review of Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation

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Parker set out to bring a different kind of “slavery movie” to audiences. And it is different. ...more

Rising Above the Rink: Remembering Bill Nunn

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In those little moments, a higher truth emerges from above the rink: with some humor, peace becomes more possible. ...more

The Rumpus Review of Bridget Jones’s Baby

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Perhaps Bridget fans who watched the movies but never read the books might not find this movie to be such a hard blow... But those who read the books—and those who loved the pilgrim soul in Bridget—will feel the loss more keenly. ...more

The Rumpus Review of The Light Between Oceans

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I wanted so badly to invest in the characters, to cry and feel their pain, but I felt detached. ...more

Sound & Vision #25: Brendan Toller

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Allyson McCabe talks with Brendan Toller about his love of vinyl records, buying music in local stores, and his latest documentary film Danny Says, an examination of publicist and manager Danny Fields. ...more

The Rumpus Review of One More Time with Feeling

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“We didn’t ask for it,” Cave begins another poetic flight, and again we think he’s talking about something ghastly, “but it’s all around us, a gratuitous beauty.” ...more

You’ve Got Mail and the Internet of Ordinary People

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You’ve Got Mail was one of the first movies to depict the Internet as it affects the lives of ordinary users. ...more

The Rumpus Mini-Review of The Lost Arcade

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In the past couple of years it has become nearly impossible to avoid a certain genre of New York documentary that can best be described as urban eulogy. But The Lost Arcade, directed by Kurt Vincent and written by Irene Chin, isn’t just another wistful goodbye to the dirty boulevards of pre-gentrification New York.

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Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep, and White Feminism

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Streep’s career encapsulates the mid-to-late 20th century ideal of American whiteness as aspirational and as attainable. ...more

The Rumpus Review of Seoul Searching

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Seeing is a critical part of normalizing, and though it seems like a rudimentary expectation, it’s important for American audiences to see Korean-Americans simply living their lives. ...more

The Rumpus Review of Ghostbusters

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An agenda can only exist when there is a contingent opposing it. We only push for representation when so many hours and characters of wrath are poured into keeping us out. ...more

Boyz n the Hood, Chi-Raq, and America 2016

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And while the faces and nomenclature between these historically discrete agents of change differ, the one governing commonality remains the same: unfettered gun ownership and correlative violence play a pivotal role. ...more

The Limits of Extreme Beauty: Nicolas Winding Refn and Neon Demon

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Daylight here burns up the atmosphere. The dawn of a new day is, in fact, the end of everything. ...more

When Clothes Don’t Make The Man: What Suited Leaves Out

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Jason Benjamin’s HBO documentary Suited, produced by HBO’s Girls co-creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, is an eye-opening journey into the niche subject of dressing for success when you’re a gender nonconforming individual. Brooklyn bespoke tailoring company Bindle & Keep is a no-frills, two-person operation consisting of straight, cisgender male founder Daniel who fell into his calling through his non-binary, apprentice-turned-colleague Rae (née Rachel).

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Translating the Elderly: Amour, The Intern, and Our Many Selves

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The elderly become reminders not of our imminent mortality, but of our ever-evolving humanity, our enduring lust—and need—for connection and purpose. ...more

The Great Film Festival Swindle

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"Never pay an entry fee. If they won’t give you a waiver they aren’t interested in the film."—Programmer for a major film festival ...more

The Rumpus Review of Mustang: Five French Girls Walk into an Anatolian Village

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An Actress Recommends Five Classic Films to Her Child

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Surprise is only one of many aspects of human behavior. There are dozens. Maybe even a hundred. ...more