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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 […]

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Talk About Adapting Their Own Story for ‘The Big Sick’

“We knew the story could be emotional, but we didn’t know how it could be funny.” It’s only days before the opening of The Big Sick, the Sundance darling that took the festival by storm last January, and the film’s co-writer and co-lead Kumail Nanjiani confesses he hasn’t slept well. “I think it’s sort of […]

Martin Scorsese’s Greed Trilogy: ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Casino,’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

The master filmmaker and a deadly sin. There aren’t any official trilogies in the filmography of Martin Scorsese, though you could consider The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, and Silence to be a spiritual trilogy of sorts, and then there’s the Robert DeNiro gangster trilogy of Mean Streets, Goodfellas and Casino, but according to video […]

Now They’re Turning Commercials Into Movies: Pepsi’s Uncle Drew Heads to the Big Screen

Hopefully this is more successful than the Geico cavemen sitcom. It’s safe to say everybody has a favorite commercial, right? Most of us turn up the volume every time it’s on or at least learn the jingle. But would you like your favorite ad to be turned into a feature-length film? One commercial is doing […]

On Sofia Coppola and the Whitewashing Controversy of ‘The Beguiled’

Sofia Coppola has taken heat this week for her representation issues in her newest film. Looks like we’ve all got some reading to do. While Sofia Coppola has always been something of a divisive figure among cinephiles — her films can be read as empowering or privileged, progressive or myopic — this past week has […]

‘The Paul Naschy Collection’ Is a Fantastic Introduction to the Spanish Lon Chaney

A Blu-ray collection worthy of a horror genre icon. Scream Factory continues to celebrate genre cinema new and old with their monthly Blu-ray titles, and this week they’re returning to a format previously applied to the films of Vincent Price and Larry Fessenden with the release of The Paul Naschy Collection. The set brings together […]

Call It: Analyzing the Coin Toss Scenes in ‘No Country For Old Men’

No one really wins, except the audience. One of the most chilling facets of the character of Anton Chigurh, antagonist of the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men as portrayed by Javier Barden, who won an Oscar for his effort, is that killing is such a rote, regular, and thus meaningless act to him […]

8 Movies to Watch After You See ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

Yes, you should see Transformers: The Last Knight, because it’s totally insane and sometimes marvelous. Had I known that Transformers: The Last Knight would involve such significant characters introduced in Transformers: The Movie, I would have saved the 1986 animated feature for this edition of Movies to Watch. Alas, I recommended it three years ago to view after you […]

‘The Deer Hunter’ and How to Craft an Unforgettable Scene

It’s all about connection. No scene is an island. Every single thing that happens in a film – the dialogue, the action, the character interactions – needs to progress the story, otherwise it’s superfluous, pointless, and a waste of valuable screentime. Scenes are meant to stand on their own, yes, but in a certain order […]

The Blockbuster Cast of ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’

Seriously, this ensemble is stacked. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman aren’t the only entertainment jam-packed with Hollywood’s A-Listers this summer. Netflix is bringing a different kind of blockbuster to your TV (and computer/tablet/etc.) screen on August 4th: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, the sequel series to the 2001 movie Wet Hot American Summer. […]