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On Helena from the Wedding and Henry James

Alice Gregory | November 18, 2010

In “The Art of Fiction,” Henry James’s famous essay from 1884, he quotes himself giving advice to hypothetical young writers. To these novice storytellers, he exclaims, “Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost!” That’s wise counsel for anyone attempting to recreate human experience, especially for those attempting to saturate small…

Four Lions’ Joking Jihad

Alice Gregory | November 11, 2010

Unpacking jokes is tedious work. There’s an oxymoronic “generous hoarding instinct” that sets in — you want to ingest the humor while also disseminating it, regardless of whether or not anyone wants to hear the rehash. Listen to this one! Oh, wait — here’s another! Ok, last time, I swear. Writing about comedy involves a lot…

Amorality Tale: Down Terrace’s Cursed Class

Alice Gregory | November 4, 2010

There was a storefront in my hometown that sold luxury dog accessories, irreverent gifts, frozen yogurt, and whatever’s stocked by a “mercantile” all within a few years’ time. Nothing good can come of such a place. It’s a fact of pop urban planning — or maybe just local hearsay — that certain corners are “cursed.”…

Clone Like Me: On Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

Alice Gregory | October 28, 2010

Based on the 2005 novel by Japanese-English author Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go is a successful example of sensationalist plot and subdued language gone celluloid. It’s the mid-1990s, and the British government is cloning humans to provide donor organs for transplant surgeries. The story is framed by the reminiscing voice of our heroine, Kathy,…

Introducing Our New Film Blogger: Alice Gregory

staff | October 22, 2010

We’re excited to announce that, starting next week, writer Alice Gregory will be THIRTEEN’s new Girl on Film blogger. Alice will write weekly posts in this space, offering thoughts, insights, and occasional rants and raves about the current cinema. Alice lives in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in This Recording, Idiom, The Awl’s Splitsider, and The…

Death Be Not Proud

Sara Vilkomerson | October 15, 2010

It’s hard to say a bad word about Clint Eastwood. The man is freakin’ Clint Eastwood for goodness sake! He has five Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guilt Life Achievement Award, two Cannes Film Awards, and he is, at 80 years old, every bit as flinty and awesome as ever. So, it’s…

Can The Social Network Maintain Momentum?

Sara Vilkomerson | October 1, 2010

The Social Network didn’t hit theaters till today, but gosh, it sure doesn’t feel that way, does it? This film—destined to be known for all eternity as The Facebook Movie—has been building buzz slowly but surely. It was screened for select media and industry types who gave it early raves; it got a gorgeous cover…

Due Date: Is It a Plane or a Train or an Automobile Again? Here’s Hoping!

Sara Vilkomerson | September 24, 2010

The movie Due Date isn’t out till November 5th, but that hasn’t stopped people (or, rather, The Internet) from buzzing obsessively over it. And why not? It’s Todd Phillips’s follow-up to The Hangover — the ’09 summer smash which seemed to single-handedly bring back the bromantic comedy — and it stars the uber-hot Robert Downey,…

Ben Affleck’s Life, Take Five

Sara Vilkomerson | September 17, 2010

If Ben Affleck was a cat, and a Hollywood career was a stand-in for lives (just stay with us on this one, we’re going somewhere, we promise), we figure he’d be up to his fourth life. Perhaps even five! We’re talking, of course, about the release this weekend of Affleck’s The Town, a movie he…

In Defense of The Switch

Sara Vilkomerson | September 3, 2010

The Switch, the romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman that was released on August 20, is currently rocking a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes. It came in 8th place its opening weekend, behind Vampires Suck, Piranha 3D, and Lottery Ticket. We’d like to take this opportunity to defend this movie. We’re not saying it’s…