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“Harv” Documentary to Screen at Greenwich Village Film Festival

Celebrating the Life of One of the Original “Mad Men” The Greenwich Village Film Festival will host the world premiere of the documentary, Harv on October 25, 2017. Shot during the final three months of Harvard Toback’s life, this touching … Continue reading

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To Choose in La La Land. Reviewed by Elham Shabani

How many times have we had to decide between two seemingly equal opportunities? Probably a great many! Such is the case with the life of the two main characters in the Oscar-winning musical La La Land. The movie was released … Continue reading

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The Dissolution of Naivety is the Dissolution of Transformation: Andrés Wood’s Machuca (2004). Reviewed by Stephen Borunda

“My poor, un-white thing! Weep not nor rage. I know, too well, that the curse of God lies heavy on you. Why? That is not for me to say, but be brave! Do your work in your lowly sphere, praying … Continue reading

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FM 8.1 (2017) Has Been Released!

Film Matters is pleased to usher in our volume 8 year with FM 8.1 (2017) — and with a fabulous cover! In this issue, you’ll find the following peer-reviewed feature articles: Rethinking Racialized Cinema: A Critical Examination of Representations of Afro-Brazilians in … Continue reading

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Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Film Matters Masoud Yazdani Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Scholarship

Film Matters is very pleased to announce the winner of the third annual Masoud Yazdani Award, Ouma Amadou, for her FM 7.3 (2016) article, “Constructing (Black) Girlhood: Americanization, Assimilation, and Ambivalence.” Ouma is a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she studies film. Her … Continue reading

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Call for Undergraduate Reviewers

Film Matters is seeking current undergraduate students to review a few Criterion releases for us.  The available items are listed below: Criterions (if a title has TAKEN by it, it has already been claimed): The Breaking Point Blu-ray (Curtiz, 1950) — TAKEN … Continue reading

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I Am Jane Doe (2017). Reviewed by Ariana Aboulafia

Every once in a while, a film – in this case,  a documentary – comes along on a particular topic that is so eye-opening that it makes you stop and ask yourself how in the hell you didn’t know about … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation (2003). Reviewed by Niko Pajkovic

“I just don’t know what I am supposed to be,” explains Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) to the washed-up movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) as both characters quietly contemplate their lives. It is a question steeped in naïve uncertainty and existential … Continue reading

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Announcing Open Call for Papers 10.1

Film Matters is officially announcing our open call for papers for consideration in issue 10.1 (2019) — the deadline is February 1, 2018. Starting with this issue, Film Matters is officially adopting MLA 8th edition style (and moving away from 7th edition guidelines) — … Continue reading

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Filmatique. Reviewed by Emmett Williams

Filmatique (http://www.filmatique.com/) is a website that caters mainly to people who have grown tired of Netflix’s inconsistent quality and poor user interface. It offers fresh, new, and mostly foreign, films, from unknown directors and exotic locales. The site organizes these … Continue reading

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