10th Year Anniversary: Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi's powerful autobiography Persepolis is a lot of things. It is a unique history of the monumental political shifts that happened in Iran between the 1970s and 1990s. It is a powerful statement against the opponents of free speech and expression. It gives fascinating insight into the specific dangers that women face in both liberated …

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10th Year Anniversary: The Darjeeling Limited

There is a moment halfway through the movie where Francis (Owen Wilson), Jack (Jason Schwartzman), and Peter (Adrien Brody) find themselves in the middle of rural India on a bus. An Indian man stares at them incredulously and asks "What are you doing in this place?" and without skipping a beat Francis answers with utter …

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Back to School: Diabolique

Famously Henri-Georges Clouzot's school-yard chiller Diabolique closes with a placard begging the viewer not to reveal the ending of the movie. Unlike most spoiler warnings, this request is not made because the movie's magic falls apart once the reveals are made. Even on my fourth viewing this film managed to capture my attention and rope …

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Barton Fink

The story starts out simple and conventional enough. We meet the titular character (John Turturro) in the moment of his breakthrough triumph as he opens a successful proletariat play in New York and is summoned to Hollywood for a quick cash-grab on his presumptive journey to crafting a new and better theatre "for the common …

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