What ‘Columbus’ Teaches Us About the Virtues of Small-Town Life

Columbus, the first feature film from video essayist Kogonada (the editor of popular supercuts of Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick movies), takes its name from a small city in Indiana known, if at all, for its unusually rich history of modernist architecture. Harry Weese, Eero Saarinen, and I.M. Pei—who designed the Washington, D.C. metro, the … Continued

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“Birth of a Nation” Turns Nat Turner into Malcolm X

In August 1831, a black man named Nat Turner led an organized nighttime slave revolt in Southampton County, VA, that culminated in the murder of more than fifty white men, women and children and the retaliatory deaths of more than 100 black men, women and children. In August of 1999, a black Penn State University … Continued

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Post of the Week

  This week’s Post of the Week honors go to Mark Judge’s excellent piece on Star Trek: Into Darkness. Check it out!

Post of the Week

Nostalgia Gone Wild: Hollywood and Its Abysmal Remakes

Starting most notably with the Baby Boomers, Americans have become a very nostalgic people. When it comes to pop culture we tell ourselves how progressive we are and then promptly lean back on the deceptively comforting arms of technological innovation (i.e. C.G.I. animation, new devices for consuming content, etc.) to “prove” this is so. But … Continued

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The Unknown Steve McQueen

Last week my friend and Acculturated colleague R. J. Moeller wrote about C. S. Lewis, who died fifty years ago this year, and whom R. J. described as “Fascinating and Flawed.” In keeping with that theme, I thought I’d offer up another fascinating but flawed figure also marking a fifty-year anniversary, from the other end … Continued

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Bollywood Films Showcase Love Stories without Irony

There are a lot of characteristics that make Bollywood movies so different from standard Hollywood fare. Since I’m a just a fan rather than an expert, let’s focus on just a few of these films to get a sense for what makes them so special. If we look at three film starring two Indian superstars, … Continued

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Six Movies That Interest Me in 2013

With the Oscars at our back and the summer blockbuster movie season dead-ahead, I decided to take a gander at what new films we movie-going Americans have to look forward to in 2013. Here are six of the more intriguing ones I came across. 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (April 12) “The life story of … Continued

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