Rat Film Is Perhaps The Most Arresting Documentary Of The Century

At last, it’s what we’ve been asking for: a documentary about Baltimore’s storied rat infestation. What if a documentary compared the lives of rats to the lives of human beings? It is the prompt for a problematic, think-piece-generating film sure to divide viewers on the socio-political spectrum. And that’s what director Theo Anthony gets at in […]

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Ian Nichols’ Film Brief 2016

Horror is Here to Stay. Whereas 2015 was a year for horror to experiment metaphor, narrative, and aesthetic (see: The Falling, Spring, Goodnight Mommy, It Follows, Bone Tomahawk), 2016 was a year of getting back to basics. And it did so by embracing the skeletal structure of horror stories that have worked for so long […]

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Beyond the Art: The Birth of a Nation

Nearly everyone has heard of The Birth of a Nation. Not D.W. Griffith’s groundbreaking, disturbing 1916 silent featuring the Ku Klux Klan, with a narrative that does all but exalt the white supremacist organization. I’m talking about director/writer/star Nate Parker’s reclamation of Griffith’s title, repurposed to tell the story of Nat Turner, the leader of […]

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