AMERICAN PASTORAL

AMERICAN PASTORAL

Ewan McGregor's new adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral is a noble failure. The screenplay has a complicated structure which keeps Nathan Zuckerman (Roth's alter ego) two steps removed from his subject Seymour Levov (aka "Swede"). Thus reduced in the screenplay to a framing device, the Nathan Zuckerman character is unable to provide adequate context for a…

Michael Moore in Trumpland
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Michael Moore in Trumpland

In his new film Michael Moore in Trumpland,  the cinematic gadfly asks himself a really important question: "Since Hillary Clinton has always supported MY work, why have I done so little (so far) to support HER as a Presidential candidate?" Great Question, MM!!! The film ends with an exhilarating imagining of all the genuinely Progressive things a President Hillary…

AMPAS '16: Ana Lily Amirpour
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AMPAS '16: Ana Lily Amirpour

Ana Lily Amirpour is an Iranian-American film director, screenwriter, producer and actor, most known for her feature film debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Self-described as "the first Iranian vampire spaghetti western" and starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marnò and Rome Shadanloo, the film built up significant buzz…