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The Best Movies Directed By Women in 2019 So Far

For more in this series, check out our Mid-Year Report archives. Last year gave us the gift of tons of excellent women-directed films, and even though 2019 has so far mostly failed to make a dent in the public consciousness with memorable blockbusters, female filmmakers have still been delivering diverse and entertaining stories on screens […]

13 Things We Learned from the ‘Chernobyl’ Companion Podcast

Chernobyl. Over three decades later, it’s still a name that resonates with people, imbued with a feeling of dread and supreme consequences. And now, it’s also a critically acclaimed television series. In addition to creating the fantastic drama now available on HBO (go watch it, right now), Craig Mazin teamed with Wait Wait… Don’t Tell […]

Watch ‘Toy Story 4,’ Then Watch These Movies

The sophistication of Pixar movies allows them to be enjoyed by all ages. So which demographic do I focus on when recommending what to watch next? For Toy Story 4, my curation is admittedly scattered as I address many parts of the animated sequel’s themes and tropes and most memorable moments. I’ve chosen a lot […]

The Devil is in the Details in Robert Eggers’ ‘The Witch’

So many frames of Robert Eggers’ The Witch are obstructed by trees. Thickets of weather-beaten branches create a natural, prickly shell for its characters to maneuver, to get lost in, and to avoid altogether. So, too, is how Eggers structures this horrific folktale. Laying a blanket of dread across the bodies of his characters, the […]

One of the Best Thrillers of the 70s Is Our Home Video Pick of the Week

Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support FSR in the process! Pick of the Week The Silent Partner [KL Studio Classics] What is it? A bank teller helps himself during a robbery and angering the crook in the process. Why see it? This […]

How Cinematographer Gavin Finney Brought Heaven and Hell to Life in ‘Good Omens’

The premise of Good Omens is deceptively simple: An angel named Aziraphale and a demon known as Crowley team up to stop the apocalypse. The way the story plays out is anything but—a millennia-spanning, globe-trotting romp involving a psychic witch, a misplaced Antichrist, and the lost city of Atlantis, among other things. Co-authored by Neil […]

‘Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann’ and Taking Up the ‘Evangelion’ Torch

For more in this series, check out our Anime archives. Out of all the mecha anime out there, Neon Genesis Evangelion has stood the test of time as one of the best. It explores realistic psychological themes, and its subsequent cult following is constantly reading into its deeper ideas about depression and Christo-Judaean imagery. But […]

The Only ‘Men In Black’ Sequel You Need is an Episode of ‘The X-Files’

What is so hard about continuing the adventures of a secret government organization tasked with policing alien activity on planet Earth? The first Men in Black is a wry buddy-cop adventure that celebrates and lampoons its genre in the span of a single breath. Director Barry Sonnenfeld relishes in cartoon absurdity, matching a winking script with […]

The Creative Side of Fandom

Fandom is not a monolith. But whatever it may or may not be, it’s a term that has gone mainstream in the past few years, and like anything entering the mainstream, it has become subject to ever-increasing commentary. From the ending of Game of Thrones to the record-breaking Avengers: Endgame and the upcoming conclusion to the Star Wars sequel trilogy […]

‘Euphoria’ is the Dark Teen Odyssey 2019 Needs

Forget everything you’ve read about Euphoria. Few TV series have arrived with the baggage and pearl-clutching that accompanied the premiere of HBO’s teen epic. Anyone following Drake, Fox News, or A24 on Twitter tuned in already aware of the show’s unforgiving and potentially exploitative approach to teenage existence, particularly its handling of sex and drugs. […]