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Noah Baumbach Loves His Losers

Why does Noah Baumbach have a knack for writing failed artists? Because he doesn’t think they’re failures. “Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), a failed musician now making a living as a carpenter in New York”, “Frances (Greta Gerwig) is a struggling dancer, going from apartment to apartment”, “Josh (Ben Stiller) is struggling on the post-production of […]

‘Animaniacs’: The Cartoon That Saved Cartoons

The ‘90s animation scene grew from the satirical series. Animation needed a jumpstart in the late ‘80s. The medium was becoming more and more corporate, an excuse to sell Transformer or He-Man or G.I. Joe figures. How does one reboot the popular conception of an entire art form? Well, it helps if you have someone […]

The New Characters of ‘Stranger Things 2’: Is There A Barb Among Them?

Who among the Stranger Things 2 cast will become the next internet sensation? The biggest question that lingered on the internet far after Stranger Things ended was will Barb be back for season 2. That was more popular than what happened to Eleven, the relationship drama between Nancy, Steve, and Jonathan, or the after-effects of […]

A New Kind of Hero in ‘Blade Runner 2049’

There’s a new kind of hero in town. Don’t know what I’m talking about? You might if you’ve already seen Blade Runner 2049. If you haven’t, you should probably steer clear, because there are going to be some serious spoilers ahead. There’ll also be spoilers for the 2014 film Ex Machina, so tread carefully. Officer K […]

‘Stranger Things’ Season 2, a David S. Pumpkins Special and More TV You Must See This Week

Other highlights include the return of ‘The Walking Dead,’ a documentary on Joan Didion, and many Halloween specials. This week’s TV is all about the Halloween spirit: one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons of last year returns with more paranormal activity and ’80s nostalgia, while everyone’s favorite zombie show raises the stakes in its eighth season. […]

Watch ‘Geostorm,’ Then Watch These Movies

Actually, just skip the new movie and dive into the old. Most weeks, my movies to watch list is tied to a new release that’s either worth seeing or is likely to be popular. This week, it’s tied to Geostorm, the feature directorial debut of  Independence Day writer/producer Dean Devlin. Unsurprisingly, it’s a disaster movie, and a disastrous […]

Tilda Swinton Calls Upcoming ‘Suspiria’ Remake A ‘Completely Different Movie’

Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake “goes in different directions.” There are beloved films, classic films, and legendary films. Anytime a filmmaker adapts a movie from one of these three categories they’re aware their work is subject to intensive scrutiny. But when tackling a picture that has achieved legendary status, the filmmaker is forced to justify why […]

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Trump World for ‘Mr. Robot’

Elliot catches a glimpse of 2017 and doesn’t like what he sees. By the rules of its own design, Mr. Robot shouldn’t be noticeably changed by the hellish developments of 2017. After all, it’s a show that thrives on chaos, disorder, and the nervous energy of an America on the brink of willful collapse. Plus, […]

Broken Projector: An October 31st Kind of Movie (w/ Evan Dickson)

Totem forces a teenage girl to battle an entity in her family’s fractured home. Evan Dickson’s Totem is the first feature-length screenplay he’s seen produced, and he’s brought three pages of the screenplay with him for us to analyze on the show. The horror film about a widower bringing a new girlfriend to live with him […]

Sean Penn Doesn’t Want Netflix To Stream ‘The Day I Met El Chapo’ Documentary

Kate del Castillo shares her side of the controversial El Chapo meeting. Today marks the launch of Netflix’s latest documentary, The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story. The documentary recounts the events leading to Mexican actress, Kate del Castillo and Hollywood actor Sean Penn’s headline-making interactions with the world’s most famous drug lord, […]