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Command and Control Commentary Continued: Helen’s Own Highly Explosive Nuclear Crisis

Command and Control Commentary Continued: Helen’s Own Highly Explosive Nuclear Crisis

Command and Control film by Kenner and Schlosser: Commentary Part 2. A Nuclear Bomb Explodes in My Childhood. I was a space age baby. That’s what my mother wrote in my baby album. I grew up being told the story of when we were in the hospital after she gave birth to me: There was this amazing few minutes when all the infants were left alone, even if they were crying, and all the nurses and mothers (along with millions of other Americans) turned to the TV to watch The First American be Launched into Space. It was a spectacular, patriotic event, and my father helped to make it possible.

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Editorial: Chevalier – May The Best One Win

A chevalier is a ring worn on the small finger of medieval lords indicating superiority and honors. Such a ring is the trophy to a game invented by six men stuck on an Athens-returning boat for (at least) 24 hours. The purpose of this game? Who is the best of them all. The men are judged

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Dispatches From The 2016 Sundance Film Festival: Part 2

After four days at a festival, people start to get antsy. Residents are figuring out when they’ll hit the slopes and get away from the movies. People are yelling at bus drivers to drop them off at unspecified stops. They’re trying to determine which theater they being driven towards – hint: it’s probably the wrong

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Dispatches From The 2016 Sundance Film Festival: Part 1

Sundance was just opening and rubbing its eyes Friday morning before it was already dabbing them with tissue. The festival’s opener, writer-director Chris Kelly’s “Other People,” begins with a family on a bed sniffling and sobbing, shaping their bodies along the contours of a mother that has just died. In the middle of this morbidity,

Queen Of Earth: Alex Ross Perry’s Cycle Of Sadness

It’s a common paradox that when a film’s main character has hit rock bottom, the actor embodying the downfall is actually soaring. Just a couple of minutes into Alex Ross Perry’s fourth feature “Queen Of Earth,” this is already the case. Sure, it helps that Perry has written an opening scene with his protagonist, Catherine,

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