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Can A24 Turn Summer Into Awards Season?

A24, the New York-based independent entertainment company, has made a name for itself despite being recently founded in 2012. This is due in part to the films the company has produced and distributed over the course of the last six years, including best picture winner Moonlight. Such films would go on to win numerous awards […]

The Legacy of Terrence Malick’s ‘Badlands’

In the summer of 1972, following a rough start as a screenwriter in Hollywood, Terrence Malick went into production on his low-budget first feature as a director, Badlands. The independently financed film stars Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen as young lovers turned criminals in a story inspired by the killing spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate. Neither the first […]

Guilt is Complicated in The Death Row Drama ‘Trial By Fire’

True stories don’t get much bleaker than that of Cameron Todd Willingham. Originally related to the public in a 2009 New Yorker article by David Grann, Willingham’s case–he was sent to death row after a fire in 1999 killed his three young daughters–has become a significant point of reference for discussions surrounding judicial reform. Now […]

This America, Man: Institutional Failure and The Pilot Episode of ‘The Wire’

In 2002, the American political landscape and the popular television landscape looked like they could have come from two different realities. While American politics were melting down over the failures of 9/11 and the Bush Administration was doing all it could to pin those failures on an outside other rather than the institutional failures of […]

The Most Beautiful Shots of ‘The Lord of The Rings’ Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most foolhardy and formidable efforts in modern cinema. A game-changing nine and a half hours that set the precedent for the 21st-century blockbuster. Photography on the trilogy was overseen by the late Andrew Lesnie, hot off his second Babe project with fellow Aussie George Miller. […]

‘Agents of SHIELD’ Has One of the MCU’s Best Female Superheroes

Over the course of Agents of SHIELD., Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) has emerged as one of Marvel’s best female characters and superheroes. Her development has come out of many points of evolution, including her gaining powers, experiencing family drama, and struggling in her work as a member of a team as volatile as SHIELD. Through […]

50 Things We Learned from Michael Bay’s ‘The Island’ Commentary

Michael Bay‘s filmography is filled with big blockbuster hits, and of his thirteen feature films all but two of them grossed more than twice their budget — with most earning 3 – 5x the budget. 13 Hours (2016) failed to find an audience, but before that gung-ho military debacle Bay’s only real box-office misstep was […]

Game of Thrones Final Season Forecast: ‘Winterfell’ Edition

This article was co-written with Meg Shields  All things considered, the season 8 premiere was a rather pleasant, happy affair. There were reunions galore: Jon and Arya compared swords, Sansa and Tyrion caught up, Bran waited outside for like three days to make sure he was first in line to greet his old pal Jaime. […]

Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ is A Lush and Sincere Folk Tale

On stage at Coachella this past weekend, Donald Glover upended expectations for the Instagram-ready festival in more ways than one. At one point, he took time out of his set performing as Childish Gambino to talk about death. “What I’m starting to realize,” he said, citing the recent death of his father along with musicians […]

The Most Vital Avengers Relationship: Steve Rogers and Tony Stark

Relationships are a dime a dozen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Almost every superhero has been paired off with a love interest, be it Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff, and even Vision and Wanda Maximoff. Each has had varying effects on the overall series arc, […]