High School Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman’s Reality Fictions

Frederick Wiseman's 42nd documentary in 50 years of film-making has just been released. What's he making movies about, anyway?
Old movie theater

Weirdly Enough, Movies about TV Prepared America for TV

Ironically, it was movies that helped accustom American viewers to television in the first place, writes Richard Koszarski.
DNA Strand

Using DNA As a Memory Drive

Scientists have successfully encoded a simple movie in bacteria DNA, and played it back. Using DNA for data storage is not as crazy as it sounds...
Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis: French Film Master

Jerry Lewis was lionized in France as a film auteur, a genius of movie-making. What did the French know that Americans didn't?
drive-in theater

Why Drive-Ins Were More Than Movie Theaters

Drive-ins embodied the suburbanization of middle class families -- and created an entirely new way of watching the movies.
Screenshot of Flower from the trailer for the film Bambi.

The Problematic Influence of Disney’s “Bambi”

Bambi has had a pervasive influence on how Americans view nature, and that might not be such a good thing.
Leonardo DiCaprio Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File

When It Comes to the Oscars, the Nomination Is as Good as a Win

Research suggests that an Oscar nomination helps boost sales revenue in the weeks following the announcements. 
From left: Star Wars movie poster 1977, Star Wars: Phantom Menace movie poster 1999, Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie poster 2015

The War On Star Wars

The force isn't for everyone.
The iconic clock scene from Safety Last! (1923)

When People Talked at the Movies

Being silent in a movie theater is a learned habit.
The many faces of James Bond. From the top left: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, David Niven, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

Sean Connery - By Mieremet, Rob / Anefo [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl], via <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>

George Lazenby - via jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/James_Bond_(George_Lazenby)

David Niven - "David Niven 4 Allan Warren" by Allan warren - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:David_Niven_4_Allan_Warren.jpg#/media/File:David_Niven_4_Allan_Warren.jpg" target="_blank">Commons</a>

Roger Moore - By Allan warren (Own work) [<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0" target="_blank">CC</a> BY-SA 3.0 or <a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html" target="_blank">GFDL</a>], via Wikimedia Commons

Timothy Dalton - By Molendijk, Bart / Anefo [<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en" target="_blank">CC</a> BY-SA 3.0 nl], via Wikimedia Commons

Pierce Brosnan - Georges Biard [<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0" target="_blank">CC</a> BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Did James Bond Invent Globalization?

Ian Fleming may have understood international relations better than academics.