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The top 8 films by female directors

Reading Time: 6 minutes Mujer Lobo (She Wolf, 2013) A shape-shifting killer prowls the Buenos Aires subways in Tamae Garateguy’s inventive, trippy Mujer Lobo. Played by three actresses (Mónica Lairana, Luján Ariza, Guadalupe Docampo), the killer’s identity fluctuates as she navigates the constellation of dangers posed by the men in her orbit. Valeria Villegas Lindvall’s essay points out the […]

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‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’: Kung-Fu, raccoons, and the immigrant experience

Reading Time: 3 minutes In Everything Everywhere All At Once, Michelle Yeoh’s character Evelyn is repeatedly called stubborn. She hurriedly rushes from one task to another, trying to keep her family’s laundromat open even with a looming tax audit, not listening to those around her. She doesn’t connect with her daughter and does not understand the America she now […]

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The Oscars slap, or life in a fishbowl

Reading Time: 4 minutes By now you’ve heard about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock in the face after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife’s hair loss during the Oscars. There is a social media uproar over what was going to be a fairly bland Oscars ceremony. After two years, a coronavirus-fatigued industry has not had its best year […]

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Republicans are finally seeing Kindergarten Cop as the cis-normative manifesto it was meant to be

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hello. I am the screenwriter of the 1990 action-comedy film Kindergarten Cop. Kindergarten Cop is ostensibly about a detective who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher to track down a dangerous drug dealer. For many years, the world has seen the film that I wrote as a fun film that showed a global superstar, Arnold […]

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Replay: ‘Dark Souls’ (2011)

Reading Time: 6 minutes To mark the release of FromSoftware’s video game epic, Elden Ring, I will be playing through every Soulsbourne game. I have never played any of the games in the series, and I’ve been regularly told that they are some of the most difficult games ever made. I have a checkered history with difficult games. I […]

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‘Power of Sail’: We should be punching Nazis

Reading Time: 4 minutes There’s an adage in film: Don’t use babies or dogs. Because babies and dogs don’t know they’re acting, they have no inhibitions in front of the camera. A truly uninhibited force on stage or on screen can break your production’s reality because the audience realizes by contrast that everyone else is just acting. After seeing […]

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‘The Tinder Swindler’: Netflix perfects the documentary mold

Reading Time: 4 minutes Netflix is in the content creation business. It’s a machine-tailored operation that’s algorithmically perfected its audience-driven productions based on the kind of user data that marketing companies would kill for. When this kind of power is granted to a media company with the ability to drive artistic expression, sometimes the output can be somewhat mechanical. […]

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The 9 most romantic films ever made

Reading Time: 8 minutes No one enjoys the formulaic and staid summaries at the beginning of lists. You want to get to the recommendations. You want the content. You want your significant other to think you’re cool and smart. Watch our recommendations and you will be. ——- One Wonderful Sunday (1947) Known mostly in the west for his honorable […]