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The Weekend 5

  • Its time for another round of infographics on gender inequality in film.
  • A hilarious look at a family going to an art show.
  • How When Harry Met Sally used physical spacing to tell its love story. (thanks Karolin!)
  • Why Gilmore Girls was secretly a Twin Peaks tribute show.
  • Trailer of the Week: Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love

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The Weekend 5

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Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)

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2.5 out of 5

French sculptor Camille Claudel (Juliette Binoche) was a talented artist who was once Rodin’s muse and lover. Things between them went sour and Camille began feeling paranoid about Rodin’s intentions and her life’s work being destroyed by his lackeys. Her family tore her away from her life in Paris and admitted her to a mental asylum, which is where she wound up staying for the rest of her days.

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The Weekend 5

  • Every character of Orange is the New Black as they appear on Law and Order.
  • Actors who could play siblings.
  • Why MTV Unplugged matters, even when it doesn’t.
  • “Fake” effects aren’t always “bad” effects.
  • Trailer of the Week: Justin Simien’s Dear White People

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The Double (2013)

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4 out of 5

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is spineless, lonely young man working in a meaningless bureaucratic job while pining for co-worker Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) with no conceivable shot at finding comfort, pleasure, or success. To describe him as meek would be an understatement. On a humdrum day like any other, a man named James Simon who looks like a carbon-copy of Simon appears in his office. They strike up a fast friendship but matters soon turn sour.

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The Weekend 5

  • R.I.P. Maya Angelou.
  • 30 Whedon-Verse WTF Moments (warning: spoilers).
  • The birth of twee in film.
  • Why horror is good for you (and even better for kids).
  • Trailer of the Week: Zach Parker’s Proxy.

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The Weekend 5

  • The most hilariously cringe-inducing romantic dialogue in movie history.
  • Has life in the age of casual magic made moviegoers numb to the amazing?
  • Lauren Morelli writes about how writing for Orange is the New Black changed her life dramatically.
  • Conflict in literature.
  • Trailer of the Week: Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria 

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The Weekend 5

  • A reality map of high school films.
  • 4 ways pop culture critics have made themselves obsolete.
  • Last week’s Louie episode featured a fat woman confronting Louie with a lot of things that do not get said on television. Here are 2 takes on it.
  • Could there ever be a “cinema without cuts?”
  • Trailer of the Week: Mike Cahill’s I Origins

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The Weekend 5

  • 5 famous movies that were insane parties behind the scenes.
  • A wonderful article on Alice in Chain’s under-rated gem Jar of Flies.
  • Addiction in Film: what’s wrong with this picture?
  • 5 comedy web series that could make it to TV. (my favorites are Little Horribles and High Maintenance)
  • Trailer of the Week: Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank 

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Top 8: Brilliant Child Performances

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A list of films with outstanding child performances, and not of the nauseatingly precocious variety.

8. We Need to Talk about Kevin              

Eva (Tilda Swinton) is an accomplished travel writer with a husband and two children. Her son, Kevin, has quite a pronounced evil streak and has been a burden since the day he was born, making Eva question herself as a mother and, conversely, question Kevin as a human being. Eva is hardly a perfect mother and her pettiness and distance is on full-display. The ambivalent portrayal of motherhood and the breakout performance of Kevin by Jasper Newell as a menacing young child are the films’ true highlights.

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