ANTKIND

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“The 720-page novel follows a frustrated film critic to the end of civilization and beyond as he attempts to review a movie so massive he can’t wrap his mind around it. Like most of Kaufman’s work, it’s about the slow suffocation of solipsism, and the impossibility of engaging with art — or anything else, for that matter — when you can’t get out of your own way.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/31/2020

ARE SNAKES NECESSARY?

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“I kept seeing these characters as played by members of De Palma’s regular stock company, with roles for Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Gregg Henry and Melanie Griffith. The penultimate chapter so resembles one of the director’s distended, crosscut climactic montages that a character even says it feels like they’re seeing it in slow-motion.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/31/2020

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FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

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“A bunch of pointy-headed academics writing about kids’ movies might at first sound counterintuitive, but as Keough notes in his introduction, ‘for better and worse, film critics are the most childish people you’ll meet.’ Having sat in Boston screening rooms with Peter for the past 20 years, I can attest that this is an observation he makes from personal experience.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/24/2019

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BEST. MOVIE. YEAR. EVER.

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“Working from interviews both contemporaneous and recent, Raftery rattles off the stories of how these distinctive visions found their way into multiplexes in a bunch of punchy, largely self-contained chapters that read like the surprisingly meaty behind-the-scenes coverage you used to find in Premiere Magazine or Entertainment Weekly back in the ‘90s.” – North Shore Movies, 05/23/2019

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IT DOESN’T SUCK: ADAM NAYMAN ON SHOWGIRLS

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“There are all kinds of ways a ‘bad’ cultural object can be redeemed. What’s amazing about Showgirls is that it ticks nearly every box: it’s been reclaimed as camp, as kitsch, a grist for the academic mill, as auteurism, as ideology, as a fun night out with friends, as everything. Maybe this resurgence is simply a case of an idea whose time has come.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/15/2018

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PEOPLE ONLY DIE OF LOVE IN MOVIES: FILM WRITING BY JIM RIDLEY

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“Reading Ridley’s reviews feels like having a jocular chat with a pal that takes an unexpectedly personal turn. Jim’s excitement was infectious, a conversational tone deftly camouflaging the intellectual rigor beneath his arguments. His emotionally candid insights make Kael’s case for criticism as autobiography in vibrant, often uproarious prose.” – RogerEbert.com, 06/22/2018

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CHARLES TAYLOR, ALFREDO GARCIA AND THE SHADOW CINEMA OF THE AMERICAN ’70S

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“The tragedy of the film is that it’s about a fellow who is put in situations with other men where violence and force is the common coin. It’s the tool that he has to deal with the situations in which he finds himself, and it’s also the thing that separates him from everything in life he wants, including finally the love of a woman. It’s made by someone who knows this.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/26/2017

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CONTESTING HISTORY: MATT ZOLLER SEITZ AND THE OLIVER STONE EXPERIENCE

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“There is a lot of stuff in Stone’s films that didn’t actually happen. And you know what? That’s okay. Many of Shakespeare’s tragedies drew on history and a lot of that stuff is flat out made-up. If you’re not willing to go with Oliver Stone and treat history not just in terms of fact, but also metaphor, then there’s really no point going to his movies.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/09/2016

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MATT BONDURANT

“It’s a crazy sort of look Guy had going on there, and apparently he came up with a lot of that on his own. Hillcoat told me Pearce just came out of the bathroom one day with this shaved line in his head. The eyebrows were gone and they were like, ‘Holy shit!'” – BOFCA, 08/30/2012