Illustration by Leslie A. Wood

Regrounding Hollywood

Gravity points us back to the sensation cinema practices of the silent era, and it’s dimly possible that the American film industry might save itself by learning, or re-learning, from them.

Against Tipping

So long as the karmic tip jar clouds our perceptions, the insane injustice of an underpaid labor force reimbursed through only the guilty feelings of their coworkers will persist.

Whores’ Glory

The reaction to a new film about sex workers tells us more about liberal reviewers than the workers themselves.

Truth Told Through Lies

Zero Dark Thirty is a film that didn’t need to be made — it strives for realism, but ends up rehashing Bush-era tropes about the ‘war on terror.’