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It begins with a severed ear in a grassy field.  It’s out of place, it’s a metaphor, it’s a plot point, it’s simultaneously creepy, funny and intriguing.  In a word, it’s Lynchian. There may be more successful, more universally lauded, more enjoyable David Lynch films in the oeuvre but Blue Velvet is the Lynch film. There are several ways one can make this argument but I’d like to concentrate on this one in particular: it…

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In 2009, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie spoke at a TED Talks conference on The Danger of a Single Story. I was blown away by her idea. It was a simple one, so obvious, yet one that we do not give enough consideration. She suggests that: “To focus on only one story is to flatten the experience and to overlook the many other stories.” Similarly, quoted in a Huffington Post article regarding this year’s 150th anniversary…

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When I first encountered Pan’s Labyrinth in 2007, my initial reaction was disgust. All I could remember after watching the film was a scene in which a frog essentially turns itself inside out (that’s a nice way of putting it), and I was wondering why such a nasty visual was deemed necessary by visionary director Guillermo del Toro. Yet, days later, my mind was still down the labyrinth, hanging out with that creepy monster with…

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by David Dower Claire Danes and Billy Crudup Very late in the film Stage Beauty, which you have one more chance to see as part of our Shakespeare on Film series, there’s a scene where Claire Danes’ character is playing Desdemona to the Othello of Billy Crudup’s character. Their acting takes on a sort of naturalism that stuns the Restoration-era audience and they hold their collective breath. The camera pans the stunned faces, searching the stage for…

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By Corrie Glanville BOOKS Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World by Robin Wright (2011) Award-winning journalist and television commentator Robin Wright, who has covered the Muslim world for over four decades, expertly captures the political awakenings of the recent Arab Spring in her latest book. Wright provides both the historical context for the rebellions sweeping the Middle East as well as keen insight into the newly empowered Muslim youth culture in…

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