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On Screen

Reserves of Imagination
On Screen

Reserves of Imagination

The new PBS Hemingway documentary brings to light some surprising elements of the author’s literary greatness.

Matt Hanson
Why Analog Is Better than Digital II: Losing Kodachrome
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Why Analog Is Better than Digital II: Losing Kodachrome

The other domain in which the shift from analog to digital was problematic is photography. The digitization of visual images brought many more advantages when compared to the digitization of music, not just in terms of convenience but in ultimate quality. There has been something of a revival of film

Francis Fukuyama
OK Boomer
On Screen

OK Boomer

Can a World War II-era movie about an old crank help with generational riddles today?

Abe Callard
Badfellas
On Screen

Badfellas

Scorsese’s gangster masterpiece has turned 30, and while America has always had a soft spot for rule-breakers, we’ve clearly taken things too far.

Matt Hanson
A Million Little Boulders
On Screen

A Million Little Boulders

Hiroshi Teshigahara’s 1964 Woman in the Dunes is a subtly subversive film that mirrors our COVID-induced confinement.

Abe Callard
Movie Making History
On Screen

Movie Making History

Aaron Sorkin’s new Netflix film on the Chicago 7 is a terrific tale—emphasis on the word “tale.”

Lauren Weiner
Theater of the Not-So-Absurd
On Screen

Theater of the Not-So-Absurd

Borat is back. But can he compete with the political theater that is Donald Trump?

Abe Callard
Our Virtual Versailles
On Screen

Our Virtual Versailles

Nearly 25 years on, a brilliant period masterpiece anticipates the viciousness and vapidity of the modern social media scene.

Nicole Penn