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The Interconnected Worlds of “Pather Panchali” and “Roma” by James Rosario

Decades apart and thousands of miles away from each other, two directors made rich, complex films that prove we are all connected by recurring themes despite language barriers, time, or borders.

One Punk Goes to the Movies: Unpacking Masaki Kobayashi’s “The Human Condition” by James Rosario

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Humanity and humanism are deeply explored in Masaki Kobayashi’s epic anti-war opus, “The Human Condition.”

One Punk Goes to the Movies: Jean Seberg and COINTELPRO by James Rosario

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The FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) was known for targeting activist groups like the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. One of its most notorious operations, though, was carried out on an American actress named Jean Seberg, which eventually lead to her suicide in 1979.

One Punk Goes to the Movies: The “Die Hard” Debate By James Rosario

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What makes a Christmas movie? Is the presence of Santa Claus essential, or Baby Jesus? What’s the limit of the MPAA rating and how high can the body count be? These very questions were put to the test in a machine gun-toting, shoeless, violent frenzy when Die Hard was released in 1988.

One Punk’s Guide to Professional Wrestling By James Rosario

One Punk’s Guide to Professional Wrestling By James Rosario

The wrestling arena, just like the basement or DIY venue, is somewhere you can go to be among fellow freaks and weirdos.

How “12 Angry Men” Got It Right, and Society Still Gets It Wrong

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12 Angry Men may be a small, simple piece of filmmaking, but the challenges it issues are anything but. Societal prejudices, the nature of civic duty, and proper jurisprudence are the defendants. Sixty years on, we’re still facing the same issues.

Agnès Varda and Her Inimitable Cinécriture By James Rosario

Agnès Varda and Her Inimitable Cinécriture By James Rosario

The French New Wave film movement introduced the world to a new way of looking at cinema and its possibilities. While some of its male filmmakers went on to enjoy international fame, its real heart and soul—and true political auteur—chose a less glamorous path. Never sacrificing vision, Agnès Varda’s career has lasted over sixty years, and she’s still kicking ass to this day.

How Incident at Oglala Turned Me into a Political By James Rosario

The trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier was separated from my birth by just a few months, and just a few miles—and I had no idea. Filmmaker Michael Apted’s documentary film, Incident at Oglala, would serve as an eye opener, exposing me to a world of radical politics, movements, and organizations I was previously unaware of. It also showed me that cinema could be a force for change.

One Punk Goes to the Movies: Mary Poppins and Walt Disney’s Inadvertent Feminist Agenda by James Rosario

One Punk Goes to the Movies: Mary Poppins and Walt Disney’s Inadvertent Feminist Agenda by James Rosario

In 1964, Walt Disney released a timeless classic that would go on to be adored and beloved for generations. What he didn’t realize that this classic, Mary Poppins, was also rife with feminist ideals and had anti-capitalist leanings.

John Cassavetes–Outsider Extraordinaire: One Punk Goes to the Movies By James Rosario

John Cassavetes–Outsider Extraordinaire

John Cassavetes is credited with kickstarting the American independent film movement. His work inspired countless filmmakers for decades and generations. Directors like Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Anger, Peter Bogdanovich, and John Sayles (to name just a few) saw his films and decided that if Cassavetes could get it done, so could they. His knack for drawing out real and raw human emotions from his actors is unmatched. He managed to sidestep the help and interference of major studios to do it all on his own terms, with the help and unwavering support of his wife, the great Gena Rowlands.