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The Coen Brothers Man Up (photo)

The Coen Brothers Man Up

“A Serious Man” marks Ethan and Joel Coen’s return not only to the Midwest for the first time since “Fargo,” but to an era they know well from growing up in Minnesota’s St. Louis Park during the 1960s. As a New Yorker profile of local son Senator Al Franken recently noted, the heavily Jewish suburb […]

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History (photo)

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History

[Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen “Inglourious Basterds.”] There have been two moments in film this year that have moved me to my cine-loving core. Both involved individuals stirred by the power of image, art and mythology. And both illustrated a personal investment for each character (some, real-life characters), revealing a potent significance and […]