Review: I Feel Pretty, Netflix’s I Am Not An Easy Man & The High Concept Rom-Com

A knock on the noggin is all it takes to send the protagonists of I Feel Pretty and Netflix’s I Am No Easy Man into a fantasy world of skewed beauty standards and gender role […]

Looking Back at MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe’s Time at Netflix Reveals Just How Much He Learned from Reed Hastings

Heads-up: This is a long one, but rather than do what everyone else is and write another “How is MoviePass sustainable?” thinkpiece I wanted to take a deeper dive into everything MoviePass seems to have […]

The Death of Stalin Depicts the Absurdity of Life Lived in Terror

No one understands the cynical, selfish drives of the political leaders who represent us better that Armando Ianucci. Best known for the series The Thick of It and Veep, he presents a political maelstrom of […]

Fallen Kingdom Trailer Reaction: Does This Mean Jurassic World Is a Gothic Horror Franchise Now?

After Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘s first official plot description and over-hyped trailer were met with mockery and confusion, Colin Trevorrow took to the internet to defend what has now effectively become his franchise. J.A. Boyona […]

Career Box Office Milestones for Directors Will Soon Morph Into Simple Reflections of Who Made the Most Marvel Movies

Steven Spielberg, as the internet has been happy to report, just became the first director to cross $10 billion at the worldwide box office. That’s neat. What does it mean, exactly? Not much. It simply […]

Cathy Yan Has One Indie Movie to Her Name. Now She’s Directing a Hollywood Blockbuster. A Bunch of Dudes Already Know the Feeling.

In terms of Hollywood career paths, Cathy Yan’s might be hard to emulate: born in China, raised in Hong Kong, moved to D.C., became a reporter for The Wall Street Journal based out of New […]

Debunking Some of the Myths About the Making of the First Friday the 13th

“I look at Friday the 13th as, quite simply, a fun two weeks of work that happened more than thirty years ago.” That’s what Mark Nelson told author David Grove for his 2015 book On […]

Box Office: Rampage Is a China-Pandering Blockbuster That Doesn’t Actually Pander to China

Rampage opened bigger in China than it did in North America and hardly anyone batted an eye. With Hollywood blockbusters, we’ve just come to expect this. Ditto for Pacific Rim: Uprising, Tomb Raider, and Ready […]

Blockers or: What we mean when we say gender parity in Hollywood will lead to better movies

Blockers is the type of movie we’re talking about when we say gender parity in Hollywood will lead to better, more interesting stories. A female director managed to come along and revive the teen sex […]

Revisiting Spielberg’s War of the Worlds: The 9/11 Parable is Strong in This One

It’s no longer novel to regurgitate the national tragedy and iconography of 9/11 back at us in genre films. In fact, it’s become a cliche, which is why it doesn’t happen quite as often anymore. […]