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“A Tale of Two Cities: Rebuilding a Metropolis” — Christopher Runyon at Movie Mezzanine profiles a Japanese descendant of Fritz Lang’s epic sci-fi classic which made a powerful impact of its own.
“Do we really need all these set photos?” — We’ve reached a point where studios are faking their own leaked set photos, authorizing unauthorized pics that get sent out into the ether to be copied and pasted all over the place. Matt Singer at The Dissolve asks the natural question and scratches his head over why people are excited by visual spoilers while recoiling at the textual kind.
“Whose Brooklyn Is It, Anyway?” — A.O. Scott at The New York Times follows the way a neighborhood full of neighborhood has shifted over a half-century in art.
“Spike Lee’s Open Letter to the New York Times” — And a director responds.
“Talking with Josh Radnor About How I Met Your Mother‘s Finale, the Backlash, and Keeping the Blue French Horn” — Jesse David Fox at Vulture has an excellent conversation with some surprising answer from a man who’s living with a character for almost a decade. Also, we have a moral obligation to turn “keeping the blue french horn” into a euphemism for something truly heinous.
“15 Years Later, The Matrix Still Has Us” — On the 15th anniversary, Bilge Ebiri at Vulture celebrates a movie that has its cake, eats it too, and then is greatly overcome by the coding inside that cake.
“Demolition Man is a Beer and Pizza ‘Splosions Movie With a Side Order of Sharp Social Satire” — Sam Inglis at Verite Magazine suggests we put ketchup on sharp social satire in a fantastic piece on toweringly middling cinema.