Essays

The Flashback Episode That Transformed ‘Fleabag’

The fourth episode of Series 2 is sexy, sad, and the emotional key to the whole show. Read More

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

The masterful big-screen adaptation has a polarizing and distinct mid-2000s look to it, but that's all part of what makes… Read More

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

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

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Subversion of German Expressionism in ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant’

The 1971 masterpiece explores the complicated history of German cinema. Read More

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

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

The Ending of ‘Mad Men’ Explained

We look back at the ending of the iconic TV series and consider two ways of looking at Don Draper's… Read More

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

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

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

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