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The Absurdist Rhythms of ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’

SpongeBob SquarePants is one hell of a weird show. From the setting to the eccentric cast of characters to the bizarro rules of the universe. Episodes often take a single idea, such as SpongeBob creating a sentient being out of bubbles, and take it to increasingly absurd places. But how do you even begin to […]

The Bold Horror of ‘The Dark Crystal’

Jim Henson had a unique idea for a feature film. He had experimented with the collaboration of puppets and humans on previous movies and television shows, including the popular The Muppet Show. For the film The Dark Crystal, Henson moved away from the light stories that had defined much of his earlier works. He wanted to […]

Director Catherine Hardwicke on Bringing ‘Miss Bala’ to the Screen

Often what defines a thriller are its narrative twist and turns. Catherine Hardwicke’s latest, written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, has plenty of them. Twists at times both exhilarating and unnerving. As a story about Gloria (Gina Rodriguez), a make-up artist who gets caught up with the cartel while trying to find her friend in Mexico, the […]

Watch ‘High Flying Bird,’ Then Watch These Movies

You may not have heard, but Steven Soderbergh has another new movie. High Flying Bird, which recently held its premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, is now exclusively streaming on Netflix. The sports drama was shot entirely on an iPhone but sure doesn’t look it. Of course, you’ll be focused so much on the performances […]

The 2019 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts Reviewed and Ranked

Just when I thought this year’s Oscars couldn’t get any worse, I watched the nominees in the Best Short Film (Live Action) category. I don’t know if this is the worst batch the Academy has ever managed to compile for consideration, but it’s a pretty bad bunch. Some of the films are downright insulting where […]

The 2019 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Reviewed and Ranked

Compared to this year’s Oscar nominees in the live-action short category, which range from fine to offensively awful, the animated short contenders are pretty good to great. That’s refreshing but also unsurprising. Most animated shorts these days seem to be made by veterans of the industry and receive a lot of help from within. Among […]

With Season Three, ‘One Day at a Time’ Returns Better Than Ever

One of TV’s greatest revelations of the last few years has come by way of One Day at a Time, Gloria Calderón Kellett’s modernizing reboot of the Norman Lear classic. Over two seasons, the Netflix show’s vitalizing energy has pulled off something previously thought impossible in TV circles: a reinvigoration of the multi-cam sitcom. Long-considered […]

‘Russian Doll’ Review: Natasha Lyonne is the Best of Netflix

It’s Natasha Lyonne’s world and we’re just living in it. Why the lead of Netflix’s Russian Doll, a trippy tale of therapy-by-way-of-Groundhog Day, isn’t an obnoxiously world-famous superstar is beyond me. Lyonne owns the screen at all times, commanding our attention with her funky charm, distinctly New York demeanor, and fireball of hair. The Orange […]

What’s New to Stream on Netflix for February 2019

Some people spend their days arguing over the merits of Netflix and how it’s “killing cinema” as we know it, but the rest of us know better. It’s just one more way to re-watch the movies we already love and find new ones to cherish. This month sees plenty of both hitting the service. The […]

Exploring ‘The Man in the High Castle’ with Cinematographer Gonzalo Amat

With its addition of more science fiction elements, The Man in the High Castle continues to surprise audiences. The series is set in an alternate past based on Phillip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, so the team behind the show has a lot of work cut out for them creating a world that feels real […]