They Blew It: Cultural Appropriation in “Sweet Sweetback” and “Easy Rider”

As the counter cultural movement of the nineteen sixties threatened to topple dominant institutions of power, art served to both encourage and reflect the greater scope of the conflict. While the struggle against the establishment turned out to be ultimately too broad for extensive change, the creative expressions from this period still stand out from […]

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Can’t You Hear Me Knocking: Casino and the Rock and Roll Cinema of Martin Scorsese

I’m sure you noticed I skipped Casino (the supposed subject of this review) while running down these works. Sitting quite square in the middle of this series, Casino feels like the wild, overly indulgent live album that is mostly content to play the hits as feverishly as possible. And don’t think for a second I mean this as a pejorative.

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Would That It Were So Simple: A Subjective and Deeply Personal Look at 2016 in Film

2016 was, shall we say, an eventful year. Between the number of shocking celebrity deaths, ongoing crises at home and abroad, and a political season that divided our nation even further apart, more than a few people were desperate to move into the dark, unknown abyss that promises to be 2017.[1] There were so many […]

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