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Links for the Day: Iran and the Obama Doctrine, Matt Zoller Seitz Recaps Mad Men Midseason Premiere, Wesley Morris on Furious 7, & More

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Links for the Day: Iran and the Obama Doctrine, Matt Zoller Seitz Recaps Mad Men Midseason Premiere, Wesley Morris on Furious 7, & More

1. “Iran and the Obama Doctrine.” For the New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman chats with President Obama about our nuclear deal with Iran.

“Since President Obama has had more direct and indirect dealings with Iran’s leadership—including an exchange of numerous letters with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—than any of his predecessors since Iran’s revolution in 1979, I asked what he has learned from the back and forth. ’I think that it’s important to recognize that Iran is a complicated country—just like we’re a complicated country,’ the president said. ’There is no doubt that, given the history between our two countries, that there is deep mistrust that is not going to fade away immediately. The activities that they engage in, the rhetoric, both anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, is deeply disturbing. There are deep trends in the country that are contrary to not only our own national security interests and views but those of our allies and friends in the region, and those divisions are real.’”

2. “The Mind of the Photo.” For The New York Review of Books, J. Hoberman on the family photo albums of Frankfurt School theorist Siegfried Kracauer and his wife Lili.

“The pictures in this new book may be of limited visual interest, yet they have a certain fascination. In his writing about photography, Kracauer, unlike self-conscious camera artists like Alfred Stieglitz or Edward Steichen, was less concerned with the intention of the photographer than with the logic of the medium—a radical view that prized the unforeseen correspondences and inadvertent revelations that may be found in dated news photos or old family portraits, photographs where initial associations fade and vanish so that the image ’necessarily disintegrates into its particulars.’ Part of the pleasure of this new book is finding these very sorts of revelations in the Kracauers’ generally artless photos.”

3. “You Like What You See.” Matt Zoller Seitz recaps last night’s midseason premiere of Mad Men.

“One of the episode’s finest moments, and evidence of Mad Men’s control over language, comes when Peggy offers to trade meals with Stevie. She says: ’I love veal.’ The first time I watched this episode I thought Peggy blurted out, ’I love you.’ Bizarrely and wonderfully, if you say ’I love veal’ out loud it’s easy to lean on that V and turn the sentence into ’I love you.’ There are a lot of lines like this on Mad Men, in which the careful arrangement of consonants and vowels almost expresses an unconscious wish by one of the characters. They take a rain check on Paris. Will Stevie be back? I hope so. He’s about as nice as a character can be, without seeming like an idealization or a secret con artist.”

4. “Drivin’ and Cryin’: Old Ridiculousness and New Emotion Converge in Furious 7.” For Grantland, Wesley Morris reviews the mega-blockbuster.

“…And in the seventh part, they refused to die. Still. It’s true that two early scenes in Furious 7 occur at cemeteries. But by the second trip, Roman (Tyrese Gibson) makes everyone in his government-sponsored car club promise that this is it for graveyards, and it is. Two characters go tumbling down a mountain in an armored car, and a couple of scenes later are chatting on a beach. When one speeding car needs to deposit its hotly pursued passenger into another speeding car, the transfer requires each vehicle to swerve into a parallel formation so that the body can slip from one window through the other. (It took longer to type that than it did to watch.) A physicist might say of the deposited, ’See you at the morgue.’ But physics are to the Fast & Furious movies what term limits are to dictators: something to be flouted. That transfer is but one of the dozen or so incidents in this movie that drop your jaw, steal your breath, and make you want to say ’I do.’”

5. “Review: The Temple of Perfection: A History of the Gym.” For The Irish Times, Rob Doyle’s review of Eric Chaline’s exhaustive history of the gym, which went from ancient Greece to a global business.

“The gym’s resurgence was abetted by a major technological innovation: the medium of photography. The newfound ability to see ourselves as others see us caused a momentous shift in human self-image. One of the first to shrewdly capitalise on this was the Prussian entrepreneur and Vaudeville strongman, Eugen Sandow. He carefully employed photographs of his impressive physique in his self-promotional campaigns. Aided by a rise in the number of potential gym members with leisure time and disposable income, Sandow founded ’the world’s first health-and-fitness business empire’. His flagship gymnasium, the Institute of Physical Culture, was located in the heart of fashionable London. The 20th century was, of course, the American century. With the nation’s dream-machine producing ripped, square-jawed superheroes to project American military, economic and political might, a new aspirational body-image emerged: the Superman. As Chaline notes, modern American and ancient Greek culture have a certain amount in common, not least their individualistic ethos and its attendant competitiveness.”

Video of the Day: Insidious: Chapter 3 gets a final international trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O21hV9nVKnU



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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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