Essays

The Witches 2020 Hathaway

‘The Witches’ Brings Horror to a New Generation

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Robert Zemeckis’ version of ‘The Witches’ has arrived and is ready to traumatize an all-new generation.

Tim Heidecker Fear Of Death

Tim Heidecker’s ‘Fear of Death,’ Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia,’ and the Comfort in Facing the End

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There’s an unlikely link between the controversial Danish filmmaker and the absurdist comedian: how they approach human mortality.

Matrix ending

The Ending of ‘The Matrix’ Explained

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While the ending of ‘The Matrix ‘seems overwhelmingly positive, Neo is in fact stuck in a cycle of control, which continues through the next two films.

Badlands Terrence Malick Sky

Style is Substance in ‘Badlands’

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An exploration of how the visuals of Terrence Malick’s debut paint the dream world Kit and Holly are chasing.

Se7en Seven Brad Pitt Morgan Freeman

The Timeless Nihilism of ‘Se7en’

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Released 25 years ago, David Fincher’s film is a crushing look at just how meaningless life can be.

Small Axe Lovers Rock

‘Lovers Rock’ Immerses Us in an Energetic Reggae House Party

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Steve McQueen revitalizes what we all miss about house parties and depicts an experience unique to the vibrant West Indian community in London circa 1980.

Lingua Franca

The Honest and Complex Portrayal of Immigration in ‘Lingua Franca’

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Isabel Sandoval’s Netflix film offers a response to America’s obsession with immigration.

Harry Belafonte Tonight Show

When Harry Belafonte Hosted ‘The Tonight Show’ and Changed Television Forever

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Yoruba Richen’s documentary ‘The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show’ revisits a mostly lost but never forgotten week of television.