Media Matters Archive

Selma

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January 16, 2015 Michelle D. Sinclair

Selma brings the stakes of being black in the American South to life with horrific clarity.

Best Films of 2014

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January 14, 2015 Third Way

Three of our Media Matters reviewers offer their “Top Ten” lists for 2014, each in their own format.

Big Eyes

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January 9, 2015 Vic Thiessen

In an attempt to sell their paintings, Walter takes credit for Margaret’s work, which becomes phenomenally successful, to the chagrin of art critics who consider the paintings nothing but kitsch.

Two Intelligent Men

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January 2, 2015 Jerry L. Holsopple

Two recent releases, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, offer glimpses into the lives of two British geniuses, Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking. With the exposure of Turing’s homosexuality, I expected that narrative to have more emotional intensity and a more clearly articulated point of view. I was wrong. As Hawking says in one of the final scenes of the film when asked if he believes in God, which most of his research has seemed to open the possibility of, “To live is to have hope.” The Imitation Game, based on the story of Alan Turing, exposes the […]

Matthew’s 2014 Media Matters Mix Tape

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December 26, 2014 Matthew Kauffman Smith

In the spirit of my National Mid-Year Music Award Day in July, I made up fake awards for these 14 songs. The awards may be bogus but the songs are legitimate winners.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

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December 19, 2014 Third Way

These are the people who choose alternative paths—people whose cold-nipped faces blaze with life and a self-deprecating sense of humor over their love affair with a place that, in winter time, brews the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane every week.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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December 12, 2014 Third Way

The camera also dances around characters in a fluid mesmerizing way, frequently zooming in for stunning close-ups that really let the actors shine.

Ani DiFranco

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December 5, 2014 Third Way

This one is easier to digest than some earlier DiFranco work, but maybe not as filling.

World Religions: Sikhs, Seventh-day Adventists, And Mennonites

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December 5, 2014 Third Way

an Interfaith Special, To Be Broadcast Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 On The CBS Television Network

Art and Craft

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November 28, 2014 Third Way

Yes, it’s an art house documentary, but it has all you would want in a feature film: mystery, suspense, and an intriguing albeit deeply flawed main character, who is pursued by an obsessed albeit flawed, good guy.