Category: Lists

10 Things I Learned from Amazon’s New Docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story

Amazon’s new docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story is one gigantic ego stroke. Not quite full-blown documentary, not quite prestige drama, this hybrid series combines plenty of talking heads and archival footage/audio with cinematic […]

Ghost in the Shell: 5 Lessons Learned from a Recent Roundtable Discussion With Japanese Actresses

The ongoing argument about the need for more diverse representation in film or TV, both in front of and behind the camera, can sometimes seem academic or esoteric. One person rattles off the latest alarming […]

The 8 Stephen King Movies & TV Shows Due Out Over the Next 2 Years

If you work in Hollywood long enough you’ll probably end up attached to a Stephen King movie or TV show that never leaves development hell. That’s just, you know, the law. Why? Because King. Never. […]

The 4 Women Who’ve Been Allowed to Solo Direct a Live-Action Film With a Budget of At Least $100 Million

New Zealand-born Niki Caro, whose new movie The Zookeeper’s Wife opens next weekend, was recently announced as the director of Disney’s forthcoming live-action femake of Mulan. Assuming all goes according to plan, she will be just the […]

Decided to Skip Iron Fist? Here’s the Stuff You Need to Know for The Defenders

In the pantheon of superhero shows I’ve watched, Iron Fist is…well, it’s definitely the most recent. High praise, right? To be fair, Iron Fist isn’t terrible, or at least it isn’t after you get past […]

These 7 Influential Directors Owe Their Careers to the National Endowment for the Arts

Like clockwork, whenever Republicans control the White House or Congress or both the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which is responsible for PBS and NPR), National Endowment for the Arts (responsible for distribution of $148 million […]

7 Things You Can Do to Amuse Yourself While Watching Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island is a monster movie that plays out exactly as expected. Stupid humans go somewhere they shouldn’t and die. Big CGI creatures fight other CGI creatures. Movie stars make the most of a […]

16 Things I Learned About Buffy the Vampire Slayer This Week

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a series now so revered and academically analyzed you can literally get a Masters Degree in Buffy studies (well, technically, a […]

Private Parts Turns 20 Today. Here Are 10 New-to-Me Facts About the Making of the Movie.

If you are too young to remember the 90s you might only know Howard Stern as that one America’s Got Talent judge who made kids cry or as Donald Trump’s buddy who loved hearing stories […]

Seinfeld’s Advice, a Nixed Flashback & Confusion Over the Title: 8 Facts About the Making of Logan

You’ve seen Logan (if not, consider this your spoiler warning). You want to know more about how it was made. So did I (my review). Here are 8 things I dug up: 1. It was only after […]