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Author Archives: Sam C. Mac

Movie Review: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

An early highlight in Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's distinguished career. Read More »

Movie Review: District 9

A "messterpiece." Read More »

Music Review: The xx – xx

Something of a fall record for the waning days of summer. Read More »

Movie Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

Too derivative and stylistically tame to be as engaging or impressive as Tony Scott's more divisive works. Read More »

Music Review: Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

A blend of challenging and arty aspects with accessible, catchy pop melodies creates one of 2009's best albums. Read More »

Movie Review: Gigantic (2009)

New offbeat rom-com with Zooey Deschanel and Paul Dano succeeds by virtue of just being damn crazy. Read More »

Claire Denis’s Cinema of the Skin

A critical essay on the work of French filmmaker Claire Denis. Read More »

Movie Review: The Intruder

A film that asks to be felt rather than understood. Read More »

Movie Review: Trouble Every Day

Denis's abstract meditation on the thin line between lip and tooth. Read More »

Movie Review: The International

Tykwer's paranoid thriller is really only worth your time for its one stunning action sequence. Read More »