Essays

Miami Vice

Navigating the Digital Landscape of Michael Mann’s ‘Miami Vice’

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The masterful big-screen adaptation has a polarizing and distinct mid-2000s look to it, but that’s all part of what makes it great.

The Souvenir Part Ii

‘After Yang,’ ‘The Souvenir: Part II’ and Nature Cinematography as a Healing Art

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Kogonada and Joanna Hogg prove themselves masters of capturing the natural world in step with the narrative.

Zack Snyder Watchmen

The Weird and Wild History of Zack Snyder’s Needle Drops

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From “Down With The Sickness” to “Zombie,” Snyder is the king of not-so-subtle musical cues.

Mad Men ending first and Final Shots

The Ending of ‘Mad Men’ Explained

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We look back at the ending of the iconic TV series and consider two ways of looking at Don Draper’s final epiphany.

Ai Artificial Intelligence

‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’ and the Question of Robotic Love

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Are machines really capable of feeling emotion? And what is love, really, anyway?

Wish Dragon Netflix

How ‘Wish Dragon’ Traces The Story of Aladdin Back to Ancient China

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From ancient China to the modern cinema, the new Netflix animated feature has centuries of storytelling tradition in its bones.

Raiders of the Lost Ark opening

An Indy Darling: John Williams and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

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As ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ turns 40, Charlie Brigden explores how composer John Williams gave Indiana Jones his groove.