Jason Bailey is film editor for Flavorwire. His work has appeared at The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Slate. He is the author of books on 'Pulp Fiction,' Woody Allen, and Richard Pryor.

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Lynch, Waters, Soderbergh, and the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema

While we weren’t looking, the mid-budget adult-oriented motion picture has all but disappeared. And the gifted directors behind them are in danger of disappearing as well.

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The Premature Death of the Video Store (And Why It's Worth Saving)

In some markets, video stores have to add in bells and whistles. Others have repurposed themselves as community centers, or libraries. And in some – and here’s the biggest surprise of all – they haven’t had to change a damn thing.

Fences article

The Rapidly Accelerating Backwards Creep of Oscar Season

Oscar chatter is now “a six-month sustained discussion." We asked four awards writers why, and what it means.

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How Six New Films and Specials Reframe the 1992 L.A. Riots

Several gifted filmmakers (including John Ridley and Spike Lee) tackle the events of April 1992 - and the results are essential viewing.

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Attention, “Disrupters”: Art Is Not #Content

Netflix's latest "innovation" confirms that tech types should stop trying to improve film and TV.

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'Patriots Day,' 'Deepwater Horizon,' and the Political Implications of the 'Doc-buster'

Actor Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg's two recent films turn tragedy into action drama - and unsettling commentary.

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2016 in Film: Black Moviemaking in An Era of Cultural and Social Tumult

How this year's African-American films directly and indirectly address #OscarsSoWhite and Trump's America.

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The Fierce Urgency of 'I Am Not Your Negro'

Though written in the 1980s and predominately about the 1960s, this James Baldwin-inspired documentary is the year's most essential film.

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Richard Pryor's Most Fascinating Movie Is a 13-Minute YouTube Video

The most riveting footage ever captured of the comedian was shot on the set of Stir Crazy, his biggest box-office hit. But it was nothing that made into that film, a formulaic buddy movie; indeed, it is doubtful that the film was seen anywhere except on the Internet, all these years later.

Physical media article

The Premature Death of Physical Media

Yet in the face of the overwhelming trends and depressing statistics, a handful of home video distributors are still fighting the good fight – serving that underserved minority by hanging on to a seemingly outdated medium.

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The Enduring Appeal (and Unfortunate Novelty) of Pam Grier

What was it that made Pam Grier so special — and has made her endure for so long?

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Celebrating the Least Influential Element of the Very Influential 'Silence of the Lambs'

'Lambs'’ most interesting innovation was director Jonathon Demme’s groundbreaking use of the subjective camera – in a way that has, oddly, seldom been replicated or even attempted since.

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A New Cut and Restoration Reframes Bogart and Huston's Strangest Film

The long-neglected 1953 oddity 'Beat the Devil' finally gets the treatment it deserves.

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Woody Allen, ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ and the Elephant in the Room

Ninety-nine percent of the writing about Woody Allen in the past year was rooted in that story. And now we were all being told to pretend like this ubiquitous scandal never happened.

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Inside the Weird World of Twitter's Celebrity-Impersonating "Parody" Accounts

In the past, if you wanted to be a celebrity impersonator, you had to bear a resemblance, invest in wigs and costumes and makeup, and put together an act. Nowadays, all you need is an email address...