Todd Haynes

How ‘Carol’ Got Screwed

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There’s one every year. Correction: there are plenty of movies every year whose absence at the announcement of the Academy Award nominations cause head-scratching, teeth-gnashing, and similar displays of displeasure, but every year there’s one whose snub (and I don’t use the word lightly) seems particularly egregious, and worthy of exploration. Last year it was Selma; this year, it’s Carol, Todd Haynes’ magnificent adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt.
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2015: The Year ’50s Romances Were Liberating and Contemporary Romances Were Horrifying

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Is there a way to craft a cinematic romance out of a narrative where two people meet through a series of synchronized swipes after having seen a single photo of one another, then share emoji-peppered small talk while simultaneously engaging in practically the same small talk with ten other people, then go on a date to a bar – all the while being exhaustedly aware that a week full of similar dates awaits them?
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The Top 10 Movie Trailers of 2015

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Ah, movie trailers. We love them, we hate them, we don’t quite understand them. We complain that they tell us too much, or deride them for including all the good jokes/explosions/scares, but there’s no doubt that we rely on them to make our movie-going decisions — and that they’ve becoming something of an art of their own. So join us for a look back at the year in trailers, and at ten spots whose artistry and craft rose above mere hype.
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2015: The Year the Biopic Bubble Burst

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Steve Jobs was just one of several high-profile biopics to eat it commercially this year. And the problem isn’t just that these movies aren’t making money; most of them also aren’t very good. So if most of them stink and no one’s seeing them, why are so many biopics still getting …Read More