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‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Takes Jim Jarmusch’s Mythical Realism to Another Level

The Dead Don’t Die is the most Jim Jarmusch film you’ve ever seen, making it an apt selection for the opening night slot of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Like his 2013 Cannes competition film, Only Lovers Left Alive, this one takes a realist approach to mythical monsters. Alive deals with vampires, Dead deals with […]

All That Dance in ‘All That Jazz’

By the time of his penultimate film, Bob Fosse was, in many ways, on top of the world. He had a plethora of Academy Award nominations under his belt (including a win for his second feature film, the incomparable Cabaret), he had Tonys, he had Emmys — the works! To say the least, Fosse was […]

The Politics of Being an Outsider in ‘The Way We Were’

Sydney Pollack’s 1973 film The Way We Were is a landmark of a well-explored tradition in romantic cinema: the heartbreaker with a foregone conclusion of two people who are helplessly in love but hopelessly different. It also exists, in tandem and in contrast, with a trope born from American ’70s film that has remained well-tread […]

Shot by Shot with the ‘Midsommar’ Trailer

With every national holiday comes a flurry of listicles linking pop culture icons to the celebration in question. This past Mother’s Day saw every site ranking their favorite movie moms, and we participated just like the rest. Looking at these registries, it’s clear that Ari Aster‘s Hereditary made a tremendous impact on audiences last year. […]

‘The Poseidon Adventure’ is the Quintessential Disaster Film

The 1970s are considered to be the golden age of disaster films, with classics like Airport and The Towering Inferno. One of the best from this era is The Poseidon Adventure. By keeping the attention on the characters rather than the rogue wave that flips the ship, this film highlights the best parts of the […]

Game of Thrones: The Best Moments of ‘The Bells’

The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, “The Bells.” Remember back when people were complaining about not enough characters dying in “The Long Night”? Well, congratulations friends, “The Bells” heard your request. How do you like them apples? Cersei Lannister met her end on Mother’s Day, much like her father did on […]

Predicting What Will Happen in The ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

This article was co-written with Meg Shields. So, first up, let’s whip through a status update on how we did the last time. First of all, the answer to our biggest question, “who’s gonna kill Cersei?” ended up being “poor structural support.” A letdown? Yes. But anyway, moving on: unlike Jon Snow, we ultimately did […]

Shot by Shot with the ‘IT: Chapter 2’ Trailer

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been anticipating Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of the second half of Stephen King’s IT pretty much since the credits rolled on the battered but hopeful Loser’s Club in September 2017. We still have a few more months until IT: Chapter 2’s September 6th release, but luckily that gives us plenty […]

Double Take: ‘The House That Jack Built’

Double Take is a series where Anna Swanson and Meg Shields sit down and yell at each other about the controversial, uncomfortable, and contentious corners of cinema. And they don’t come much more contentious than ‘The House That Jack Built,’ Lars von Trier’s most recent, and arguably most divisive cinematic offering. For the record, the […]

25 Perfect Shots From the Past 25 Years of Cannes

Cinematographic artists gravitate toward one another, so it should come as no surprise that the festival loaded with the most directorial auteurs flaunts a rich history of perfect shots from some of the medium’s all-time greatest cinematographers. The Cannes Film Festival is coming up on its 72nd year and the official lineup hearkens back to […]