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‘The Coolest Guy Movie Ever’ Is Not Very Cool

The Great Escape deserves better than this. The Coolest Guy Movie Ever: Return to the Scene of The Great Escape should put you off by title alone—not because it’s geared toward men or because it threatens to ignore the complex conversation surrounding gender politics of the 21st century in its wake. Those are hyper-academic subplots of […]

Which Came First? 8 Movie Musicals and Their Adaptations

Our enjoyment of popular movie musicals is one that seems to never fade away over time. But which came first: the musical or the movie? Musicals seem to never fail at making us laugh, cry, and sing our hearts out, often making for a fun and light-hearted film viewing experience that almost anyone can enjoy. […]

Wes Anderson Will Try His Hand at the Movie Musical

The writer-director returns to live action, this time with a movie set in post-WWII France. Fans of the always-unique Wes Anderson have had to be content with his most recent, and arguably appropriative, Isle of Dogs, as it had been four years since he gave us The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson has made a habit […]

Jason DeVan on Exploring the Reality of Evil in ‘Along Came The Devil’

We chat with the director about following in the footsteps of a cinematic masterpiece and riding the line between exploitation and truthful terror. When a filmmaker sets out to make an exorcism film, they are inviting immediate comparison to one of the all-time great horror movies. That’s quite a dare. Director Jason DeVan welcomes those […]

‘Goon 2’ Director Jay Baruchel Sets an Indie Horror Film as His Sophomore Effort

Baruchel’s long-gestating horror project could very well succeed with such an agreeable cast. Jay Baruchel has built a lot of his career on being the likable one. He rose to fame as an actor within the Judd Apatow school of comedy, playing one of the least frustrating characters in Knocked Up‘s lead ensemble. Since then, Baruchel […]

Barbara Crampton on Our Hunger for Horror in this Current Political Climate

We chat with the actress about her unexpected return to the Puppet Master franchise, and how the recent glut of nasty, intelligent horror films on the market. No matter how refined or boorish your palate may be, Barbara Crampton has contributed to every possible flavor of horror cinema one could crave. Her career began in […]

Creating a House of Horrors with ‘Elizabeth Harvest’ Director Sebastian Gutierrez

With Elizabeth Harvest, be prepared to enter director Sebastian Gutierrez‘s house of horrors. The director behind Women in Trouble and Elektra Luxx has made a colorful dreamscape that proudly tips its hat to European horror films. To Gutierrez, Elizabeth Harvest isn’t quite a horror movie, but the sci-fi tale is certainly steeped in the horror genre. The director creates a very unnerving atmosphere with some […]

The ‘An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn’ Trailer is Intriguingly Indecipherable

The first footage of Jim Hosking’s sophomore effort banks on Aubrey Plaza and Jermaine Clement to deliver some very deadpan lines, but it totally works. Of everyone in the Parks and Recreation cast, Aubrey Plaza has held my attention the most ardently. I know Chris Pratt is now a bona fide leading man, wrangling dinosaurs […]

John David Washington Talks ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Colin Kaepernick, and Becoming a Cop

The star of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ tells us about preparing to play police officers: “I did ridealongs for about a month. It was hard to sleep that month with the things I was seeing.” For the past month in New York, posters of Denzel Washington in dramatic dead-on cut-up, advertising his role in The Equalizer 2 (tagline: […]

Here’s To The Nervous Young Heroines of 2018

The shy girls inherit the earth in ‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ There’s a scene in the new Netflix Original movie To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before where our nervous young hero, Lara Jean (Lana Condor), almost backs her car into a classmate in her school’s parking lot. Clearly […]