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“The Wind Rises and Cinematic Moralism” — FILM CRIT HULK argues that Hayao Miyazaki is all too aware of his country’s difficult history and displaying it with a conscience in his latest (and last).
“Accept The Mystery: The Brilliance of The Coen Brothers’ Character Studies” — Tim Grierson at Deadspin combs through three decades of Joel and Ethan Coen to find a growing complexity where once there were punchlines.
“The sentimental, cynical, undying charm of A Christmas Story” — Jen Chaney at The Dissolve produces an appreciation that will shoot your eye out.
“The Fourteen Best Costumes in American Hustle” — Our associate editor Kate Erbland’s piece at Film.com gets sartorial on David O. Russell’s 1970s con job. All that’s missing is an in-depth exploration of the movie’s hairstyles.
“The Hair Stories Behind American Hustle” — Thankfully NY Mag has us covered.
“Screenwriter Phillipa Boyens on The Hobbit, Tolkein Trivia, and Dwarf-Elf Sex” — Vulture’s Jennifer Vineyard has an engaging conversation with Boyens that should perk some pointy ears.
“Oscar’s Best Picture Squeeze: Who Will Get Left Out in the Cold?” — Variety’s Tim Gray tries to make sense of a stellar year for movies stuffed into a three-piece suit.