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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With <i>Experimenter</i> Director Michael Almereyda: On the Legacy of a Creepy Researcher

Chatting With Experimenter Director Michael Almereyda: On the Legacy of a Creepy Researcher

In 1961, psychologist and Yale professor Stanley Milgram ran a controversial experiment to see whether ordinary people would deliberately administer harmful electric shocks to strangers just because an authority figure told them to. It’s a good question. If only…
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Film, "Robot and Frank": When Good Helper-Bots Go Bad

"Robot and Frank": When Good Helper-Bots Go Bad

A more hopeful reimagining of 2001's portrait of man-machine relations, Robot & Frank envisions a near future in which automated servants aid the elderly in their twilight years. For retired cat burglar Frank (Frank Langella), memory loss is something to…
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Film, "Green Lantern": CGI Superheroes Don't Get More Boring Than This

"Green Lantern": CGI Superheroes Don't Get More Boring Than This

It's 10 minutes before a human character appears on-screen in Green Lantern, a personality-free franchise-launcher that builds toward a quaint, if explosive, argument in favor of the nebulous quality of "humanity." Via a heavily CGI'd prologue, we learn that the…
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Film, Here, Mike! Sit! Good Boy!

Here, Mike! Sit! Good Boy!

Speaking as the owner of a new puppy, I can say definitively that a dog is both more and less annoying than the average person. Year of the Dog makes much the same point with its pack of uncontrollable pooches,…
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Film, No Dicking Around

No Dicking Around

The most shocking thing about Kinsey, the first film from writer/ director Bill Condon since 1998's Gods and Monsters, is how shocking it actually is. Within the confines of a standard biopic (A Beautiful Dirty Mind, you might call it),…
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