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‘Okja,’ ‘Gypsy,’ ‘Preacher’ and More TV You Must See This Week

Also: season finales for ‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘iZombie,’ ‘Genius,’ and ‘Doctor Who.’ If Netflix is the new TV, or at least if it’s a new equivalent to what HBO and other premium cable outlets have been for the last 40 years, then Netflix Original Films are just a new kind of TV movie. Maybe. Either […]

“The Bad Batch is How I See America”

Ana Lily Amirpour on her wild post-apocalyptic drama, her crazy desk, and what influenced the film’s vibrant universe. Ana Lily Amirpour is an expert stylist. That her latest movie, The Bad Batch, looks almost nothing like her much raved debut only proves this. Anyone mildly talented can make the same movie over and over again but […]

If Hollywood Royalty Exists, It Begins With The Coppola Family

This weekend we’re exploring the concept of Hollywood Royalty. For more, click here. The family’s influence is vast, stretching across many genres and many eras. Throughout Hollywood history, there have been plenty of families whose members have found fame and fortune within the industry. To name a few: Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Donald and Kiefer Sutherland, […]

The Monstrous Empathy of Lon Chaney

This weekend we’re exploring the concept of Hollywood Royalty. For more, click here. Hereditary Horror: Lon Chaney, his son, and confronting the human grotesque. In ‘Silver Screen Fiend,’ Patton Oswalt recounts a formative screening of an eight-millimetre print of Nosferatu. It was Halloween at the public library and he was five. The room was peppered […]

The Origins of Hollywood’s Obsession With Disaster

Every blockbuster wants to destroy the world. We explore where that impulse comes from. Human beings are funny creatures. Summer after summer, year after year, we fork over countless dollars to catch the latest iteration of an ancient story: the sky is falling; the Earth is dying; bring on the end of the world. It’s […]

The Return of Weird TV

From Twin Peaks to American Gods: how strangeness has bled into primetime TV. We are living strange days: A reality TV celebrity and real estate mogul is the 45th president of the United States. The King of the Netherlands revealed he has been leading a secret second life as a commercial airline pilot for the […]

Seeing Double: An Appreciation for Dual-Screen Roles

‘Orphan Black’ has brought the concept of dual-screen roles back into the spotlight. This trend has existed in cinema and television for decades and deserves more credit than it receives.  When Orphan Black premiered on BBC America in 2013, lead actress Tatiana Maslany took the world by storm because of her multiple roles in the series. […]

The Tao of Nicolas Cage: Grab a Peach, ‘Face/Off’ is Turning Twenty!

“Y’know, I could eat a peach for hours.” Twenty years ago, Nicolas Cage Woo’d John Travolta and audiences were treated to an action spectacular that ranks amongst the very best. How often do you remember the first time you saw a movie? And I don’t mean just remember your first experience with a movie, but remember everything […]

‘Spaceballs’ Doesn’t Hold Up, And That’s Ok

An exploration of Mel Brooks’ ‘Star Wars’ parody and its lasting influence. If the internet at large were represented by one human appendage, it would be a knee. So designated for its usefulness? Not at all! This hypothetical assignment is earned by the web’s propensity for quick, reflexive reactions that aren’t always founded upon objective […]

Short of the Day: ‘Your Lucky Day’ is a Dark Reversal of Fortune

A lottery film Shirley Jackson would love. To a lot of folks, winning the lottery is a dream. In reality, though, it’s often a nightmare. Money is truly the root of all evil, and even if you as a lottery winner aren’t susceptible to the personality changes that come with sudden and immense wealth, chances are […]