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‘Vertigo,’ ‘Free Fire,’ and Much, Much More This week on the One Perfect Podcast Channel we have a score of great shows coming up. First off, Matthew Monagle is joined by critic Tomris Laffly to discuss — what else? — Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and Cillian Murphy. If you don’t know the format, Monagle and […]

Hillary Clinton and Kathryn Bigelow Took The Stage Together at Tribeca. Here’s Why.

Clinton joined the panel moderated by Kathryn Bigelow at the premiere of the National Geographic VR short ‘The Protectors.’ National Geographic/Anthony Behar It’s vast. It challengingly takes place not only in Tribeca but also all over New York City. And yes, this young festival, born 16 years ago to revitalize and rejuvenate Downtown Manhattan in […]

The Mystery of Kinka Usher

The answer to the eternal question: What ever happened to the director of ‘Mystery Men’? The first thing to notice about Kinka Usher’s Twitter account — which we’ll assume is the real deal, even in the absence of a blue check mark — is its profile description: “I directed the movie that actually made All Star by Smash Mouth popular.” […]

‘The Handmaid’s Table’ and ‘Genius’ Debut Plus More TV You Must See This Week

THURSDAY The President Show (Comedy Central, 11:30pm) Do you really need more of Donald Trump on your television, real or impersonated? Yes, and if you’re familiar with Anthony Atamanuik’s Trump, which is much better than Alec Baldwin’s or anyone else’s, then you’ll get it. The President Show is a fake talk show as hosted by our […]

Ben Wheatley, Quentin Tarantino, And The Reverse Whodunit

On ‘Free Fire’ and ‘The Hateful Eight.’ The murder mystery is a well-worn genre, as comforting as slipping into a warm bath with a toaster that’s conveniently placed for a staging. There’s Clue, Murder on the Orient Express, Gosford Park — the list goes on. Notably, the first two of those examples have remakes upcoming, and the last […]

Hammer’s Time: Can Armie Hammer Finally Turn a Corner with ‘Free Fire’?

How do you make a charming movie star out of a Winklevoss? Midway through Ben Wheatley’s new one-long-gunfight movie Free Fire, Armie Hammer’s character picks up a machine gun. This escalation will perhaps elicit an exhale and a “finally” from the audience. Hammer plays a deal broker called Ord in a gun-buy gone south, and […]

New ‘Game of Thrones’ Pictures Remind Us of All The Reasons Why We Miss Westeros

HBO invites you to remember the gaping hole in your life. That classic saying “a picture’s worth a thousand words” often seems hyperbolic. However, a thousand words (or, you know, two thousand) for fifteen pictures, especially when those fifteen pictures happen to be our first real, official look at the new series of Game of Thrones, […]

Robert Pattinson: From Bedhead to Bushy Beard

He’s taken one of the most fascinating and unconventional routes with his stardom. The thinkpiece-industrial complex is running at full speed this spring to update the cinephile community’s consensus of major stars. In case you’re behind, adjust your opinions to reflect the following changes: Reese Witherspoon is still good, Kristen Stewart is now really good, Anne […]

Interview: ‘The Endless’ and Brotherly Love and the Power of Fear

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s The Endless premiered Friday night at Tribeca. I’m here to tell y’all, they’ve upped their filmmaking game. While still writing, directing, shooting, and producing, they’re also starring in the film. Because why not? I don’t know how they do it. I’m tired just putting words on a page. They play […]

‘Grounded’ is an VFX Spectacle and an Emotional Triumph

Short of the Day “One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.” This is the […]