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“Why U.S. Audiences Are More Comfortable With Subtitles Than Ever” — Scott Foundas at Variety chronicles the rising familiarity with foreign-born directors and multiple languages showing up in Hollywood movies. It’s less about the collective psyche of Americans, and more about studios coming to terms with the fact that we’re mostly not idiots who can’t read good and want to learn to do other things good, too. The main lesson is that if you make a subtitled movie, and it makes a billion dollars, studios stop caring about subtitles all that much.
“Right the First Time” — Pinging off of Showgirls now being reconsidered as a misunderstood masterpiece of satire, Sam Adams at CriticWire asks the survey crowd about movies that everyone judged correctly the first time around. Heaven’s Gate gets beat up on for some reason.
“Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein on the indispensability of This Is Spinal Tap” — Will Harris at The Dissolve guides the Portlandia pair in licking the mockumentary par excellence’s love pump.