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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 11

February 20, 2012

#11: Michael Winner: Feminist!? Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, we selected a handful of cuts from hack director Michael Winner’s body of work. Don’t let the fact that Winner is primarily known as the director of Death Wish fool you: This guy’s a real feminist. No, seriously, that’s the topic of discussion for this month: Is the guy that put a very big gun in Charles Bronson’s hot…

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by Tina Hassannia Retrospective Film

The Report | Abbas Kiarostami

August 22, 2011

Ostensibly beyond Abbas Kiarostami’s typical terrain—particularly because of its complete lack of optimism—The Report feels like a puzzle piece from another game, if only at first. With the exception of its well-known domestic abuse scene, this cold, embittered “report” on Iranian life circa 1977 is less interested in overt depravity than it is in the revelatory comments and gestures of periphery characters, which signify a deeper intersection of attitudes and morals (this also reminds the viewer that they are, indeed, watching…

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