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Cymbeline

In Cymbeline, director Michael Almereyda, working with cinematographer Tim Orr, strikingly calls attention to the flimsiness of the story's settings. Characters hatch out a plan at a Chinese restaurant and the audience is allowed to ineffably sense that this location was selected, perhaps the week before shooting, for the strip-mall bareness of its interior and for its overall chintziness, which contrasts with the heightened poetic dialogue that's taken from Shakespeare's play of the same name. Other locations, which include warehouses, dilapidated mansions, bridges, and spartanly furnished cabins, exude a similarly purposefully contrived aura of isolated, cherry-picked formality: They're theatrical sets as found objects, and Orr often casts them in silvery hues that convey a nihilistic impression of decay and apocalyptic impermanency.

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TAGS: cymbeline, dakota johnson, Delroy Lindo, ed harris, film comment selects, hamlet, michael almereyda, william shakespeare


The Walking Dead

"Remember" opens with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group hesitantly heading into the Alexandria Safe-Zone, a heavily fortified suburban community run by Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh), a former congresswoman. The title of the episode is significant in that it reflects the caution felt by The Walking Dead's heroes in trying to adapt to life before the biters, and, of course, Woodbury. And much of the storyline teases two opposing possibilities of what Alexandria could come to be for the group, only to then introduce a third and far more chilling route in the episode's final seconds.

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TAGS: alanna msterson, andrew lincoln, chandler riggs, corey brill, danai gurira, daniel bonjour, katelyn nacon, melissa mcbride, recap, remember, steven yeun, the walking dead, Tovah Feldshuh


Leonard Nimoy

1. "Remembering Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock." Matt Zoller Seitz on one of history's greatest TV characters.

"This was no coy actor's pose, though. Trekkers who met the actor will tell you that while he could be prickly about the character early on, Nimoy was always respectful of their love for Spock, because he realized how much he'd meant to them, and to him, over the—how they appreciated him and identified with him because of Nimoy's lovingly detailed, obviously personal performance, which in some small way helped illuminate whatever struggles they were going through. Nimoy's attitude toward Spock warmed over time, eventually becoming something close to an unabashed embrace. While I never had the chance to interview him at length, I did speak to him briefly at a Los Angeles screening about 15 years ago, and he didn't scowl or flinch or otherwise recoil from my fanboyish eagerness to discuss the character. I asked, 'Do you ever feel that in some ways the character was as much a curse as a blessing?' He said simply, 'All actors should be so cursed.'"

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TAGS: adam nayman, boris nemtsov, cinema scope, come and see, david cronenberg, diplo, dj snake, elem klimov, graham fuller, keith phipps, lean on, Leonard Nimoy, major lazer, maps to the stars, masha green, matt zoller seitz, , r.i.p., reverse shot, star trek, world trade center


Looking

Though Looking is a series rightly known for its rather frank discussions and depictions of sex, it's also finely attuned to the rhythms of friendship—the type of affection at the center of "Looking for a Plot." The focused three-hander, which finds Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Dom (Murray Bartlett), and Doris (Lauren Weedman) in Modesto for her father's funeral, lends new meaning to Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine," piped onto the empty, glittering dance floor of a Modesto gay bar known as the Brave Bull. "I used to think maybe you loved me," we hear, as the main trio lets loose the night before the burial. "Now, baby, I'm sure."

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TAGS: bashir salahuddin, jonathan groff, katrina and the waves, Lauren Weedman, looking, looking for a plot, mary kay place, murray bartlett, recap, Russell Tovey, walking on sunshine


Girls

"Ask Me My Name" traces the course of a single night that spirals unpredictably out of control. The episode opens with a brief prelude to the evening that presents Hannah (Lena Dunham) in a position of newfound stability: She's landed a job as a substitute teacher and displays surprising confidence in the classroom. Following a lesson on Oedipus Rex (the inspiration, she informs her students, "for the whole concept of the MILF"), she has a meet-cute in the teachers' lounge with fellow teacher Fran (Jake Lacy). They flirt, he asks her out, and the show's title card appears on screen accompanied by a burst of exultant melody. Both professionally and romantically, Hannah seems primed to flourish.

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TAGS: adam driver, ask me my name, Gillian Jacobs, girls, jake lacy, lena dunham, recap, zachary quinto


Sigourney Weaver

1. "Sigourney Weaver Interview." For Interview, Jamie Lee Curtis interviews her fellow actor.

"I work so hard, and out of the raw material that is the script and talks I have with the director, the writer, I create, I hope, a very specific person who wouldn't have otherwise existed. However, do I then attach and hang on to the finished product? No. The experience of the creation of the character is what feeds me, what excites me, challenges me. I just finished this movie with J.A. Bayona, called A Monster Calls [co-starring Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones, expected in 2016], which was a challenging movie for all of us. It's from a novel written by Patrick Ness. But, after the experience, I let it go, because I know the director's going to go in; the alchemist will take over and do something else with it."

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TAGS: bidisha, brit awards, daniel engber, envious moons, interview magazine, Jamie Lee Curtis, joyland, madonna, noah baumbach, richard larson, sigourney weaver, steven shaviro, television, the universe of things, vulture, while we're young


The World of Kanako

Tetsuya Nakashima's The World of Kanako follows ex-cop Akikazu Fujishima (Kōji Yakusho) as he bludgeons and growls his way through the grade schools, shopping malls, drug dens, and criminal underworld of Tokyo in search of his estranged teenage daughter, Kanako (Nana Komatsu). Divorced and unemployed, his mind addled from abusing prescription drugs, Akikazu has zero investment in his world. When his ex-wife (Asuka Kurosawa) tells him of their daughter's disappearance, Akikazu uses the event as a pretense to go on a violent rampage, insulting and assaulting everyone he comes across in a journey that quickly reveals itself to be less about finding his progeny than about getting revenge against the world for all of the perceived injustices that he's ever suffered. Angry, sweaty, and disheveled from the start, he never bothers to change his one increasingly bloodstained suit, though this doesn't prevent him from entering schools and shopping malls to physically and verbally abuse schoolgirls and their female teachers.

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TAGS: asuka kurosawa, film comment selects, hiroya shimizu, kōji yakusho, nana komatsu, satoshi tsumabuki, Tetsuya Nakashima, the world of kanako


Voice Over

Voice Over sketches a portrait of an upper-middle-class family in Chile, flitting from one highly charged plot point to the next (a birth, a funeral, an illicit affair, the dissolution of a marriage) without probing too deeply into any of the characters or feelings involved. That can make it feel a bit like an upscale soap opera, as beautiful sisters Sofia (Ingrid Isensee) and Ana (María José Siebald), their flawless skin generally lit to a caramel glow, speculate in upscale settings about other members of their family, with an occasional break to have sex (Sofia with an inappropropriate boyfriend; Ana with a blandly supportive husband) or take care of their children.

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TAGS: cristián jiménez, daniel castro, film comment selects, ingrid isensee, maría josé siebald, paulina garcía, voice over


Madonna

1. "Express Yourself: The Making of Madonna's 20 Greatest Music Videos." The directors who worked alongside the MTV-era maverick tell their stories. (Below is Mary Lambert on her "Like a Prayer" clip.)

"I knew that we were pushing some big buttons, but I sort of underestimated the influence and bigotry of fundamentalist religion and racism in this country and the world. I always think that, if my work is successful, it goes beyond my intentions and in this case it definitely did. The most important thing was to force people to reimagine their visual references and really root out their prejudices. Using burning crosses to reference racism to religion. Why not a Black Jesus? Why can't you imagine kissing him? I wanted to speak about ecstasy and to show the relationship between sexual and religious ecstasy. I think that subconsciously a lot of people understood this and were either enthralled or outraged by it. Consciously, I don't think a lot of the audience would have made this interpretation."

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TAGS: andrew grant, bbc, camille paglia, carrie & lowell, filmmaker, Jeff Reichert, jenny lou ziegel, john boorman, like a prayer, madonna, mary lambert, matthew porterfield, michael koresky, pitchfork, reverse shot, rolling stone, ryan dombal, sufjan stevens, take what you can carry, zsuzsanna kiràly


High Society

French cinema has the fortunate tendency of representing girls as actual human beings, instead of pretty adornments twirling around a male lead. Alice (Ana Girardot), the girl in High Society, might have been reduced to a supporting-role function of her own working-class life had she not run into Agnès (Aurélia Petit), a well-connected and well-coiffed designer. Agnès helps take Alice out of the hood to develop her creative skills and get into a renowned fashion school. A support that Agnès soon regrets, as the girl ends up falling for Agnès' son, Antoine (Bastien Bouillon), forcing lower and upper classes to make contact beyond fleeting bursts of philanthropy.

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TAGS: ana girardot, aurélia petit, Bastien Bouillon, film comment selects, françois ozon, high society, Julie Lopes-Curval, young and beautiful







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