Category: Special Features

What Stanley Kubrick Thought of Stephen King’s The Shining

Stephen King famously hates Stanley Kubrick’s film version of The Shining. But, how did Kubrick feel about King’s original novel? “That’s what’s wrong with [Stanley Kubrick’s] The Shining, basically…the movie has no heart; there’s no […]

My Burt Reynolds Story Involves a Complete Misreading of Best Little Whorehouse of Texas

Burt Reynolds died today. Here’s my story about the one film of his I’ve seen more than any other and how long it took me to realize what exactly all those colorful women and football […]

Needful Things at 25: Reflecting on Castle Rock’s “Final” Story

Hulu’s Castle Rock is currently giving the infamous fictional Maine town that previously only existed in Stephen King’s mind the methodical, multi-episode exploration it’s always needed. 25 years ago, however, Hollywood tried to adapt King’s […]

From Moment to Movement: Hollywood Diversity After Wonder Woman, Black Panther & Crazy Rich Asians

Over the past 18 months, we’ve enjoyed our fair share of cultural moments and firsts at the movies. Wonder Woman, Black Panther, and now Crazy Rich Asians prove diversity pays. However, even with high-profile success […]

Young Guns at 30: Reflecting on the Film That Revived the Western & Still Gets No Respect

The western, which used to be as common in Hollywood as superhero movies are now, enjoyed a surprising revival in popularity in the late 1980s into the 90s. The genre, of course, fizzled out again […]

The Forgotten Part of The Fugitive’s Legacy: Saving China’s Flailing Movie Theaters

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the Harrison Ford-Tommy Lee Jones 1993 classic The Fugitive, and the retrospectives have been flowing in, from The Atlantic to SceenCrush. “The Fugitive acts as […]

Why Do We Care So Much About Box Office?

I’m a guy. I’m in my 30s. I have a college degree. And I’m currently a member of a fantasy sports league. Such a cliche, right? According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the average […]

Whataboutism & James Gunn

To Roseanne’s defenders, she made a bad joke about a woman she genuinely believed to be white instead of African-American; to James Gunn’s, he used to be a shock-jock figure on the internet with a […]

The Scarlett Johansson Rub & Tug Fallout: How Do You Tell Your Own Stories If No Producer Sees a Profit In It?

These days, news happens so fast it is becoming increasingly common for politicians and celebrities to discover the latest headline while they’re actually on camera being interviewed about something else. This gives us a rare […]

The Check-In: How Are You Feeling About Netflix’s Original Movies Now?

Thanks to Netflix, 2018 is the first time HBO hasn’t had the most Emmy nominations in nearly two decades. However, those nominations went almost exclusively to Netflix’s various TV shows, limited or otherwise. What about […]