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John Fiske writes in his book Television Culture, "A representation of a car chase only makes sense in relation to all the others we have seen." This very notion is what makes Nicolas Winding Refn's  Drive, bewildering, as the film doesn't ascribe to the formulas of the past. It's mobster, meets 80's action, meets film noir, and audiences just aren't used to that. Ryan Gosling plays Driver, a stuntman by day and chauffeur for big time robbery at night. What immediately insights a post-modern feeling of the self-aware is the movie's metatheatre. Read More
In The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, a documentary airing tonight on HBO, Dee Dee Ricks is a wealthy, materialistic socialite who has everything--including breast cancer. She is lucky to have the money and health insurance to provide herself with her needed health care. But the piling medical bills are a sobering life changer for Dee Dee, as she becomes empathetic to women with breast cancer who aren’t as lucky as she is. Read More
Attention Madge fans, the new trailer for Madonna's movie W.E. has dropped.  Will it be her comeback into the film world?  From the looks of the trailer, the cinematography looks beautiful and the music is lovely.   The film, written and directed by Madonna, takes place in 1930s England, and is Madonna's take on the affair between American socialite Wallis Simpson and and King Edward VII.  King Edward later abdicated the throne to be with Ms. Simpson, and the whole thing was the height of celebrity scandal during that time. Read More
"It's impossible," observes Nigel Slater, "not to love someone who made you toast."   So begins Toast, an odd, colorful new film about food and love, and based on the English chef's memoir of the same name.  Slater's observations on both topics, read in voice-overs, bring humor to what is otherwise the story of a very sad childhood.   The story opens in a grocery store, where young Nigel (played by Oscar Kennedy, then Freddie Highmore when he grows up) is following around his lovely mum (Victoria Hamilton).  Mum is a wonderful person and a horrible cook. Read More
Tiffany Shlain, the filmmaker who brought us reproductive rights documentary Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness and explored American Jewish identity via Barbie dolls in The Tribe, is back with Connected: An Autoblogography About Life, Death, and Technology. Read More
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