Essays

Cloverfield Found Footage Movie Monsters

‘Cloverfield,’ ‘Trollhunter,’ and the Birth of the Found Footage Monster Movie

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DIY aesthetics meet big budget productions in two films from the late aughts.

Memento Movie Ending

‘Memento’ and the Unreliable Image

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In his second feature film, Christopher Nolan considers the lengths a director might go to manipulate their viewer.

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler

The Man Who Inspired ‘Nightcrawler’ (and Other Movies)

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What connects ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ and ‘The Naked City’? One 1930s crime scene photographer.

Superstore Depositions

‘Superstore’ is the Show We Needed But Didn’t Deserve

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This is not the kind of show that should be canceled. It’s the kind of show that should be replicated.

Jane Eyre 2011

The Powerful Simplicity of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s ‘Jane Eyre’

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Fukunaga’s simple directorial style allows the 2011 film to soar above other adaptations of the novel.

Minari And Nomadland

Searching for the American Dream in ‘Minari’ and ‘Nomadland’

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In these two new films, the American Dream is observed from wildly different perspectives. But the conclusion they come to is eerily similar.

Wandavision Tv Tropes

The Perfect Pastiche of TV Tropes and Trends in ‘WandaVision’

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While some fans wonder how the series connects to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, others of us are appreciating how it plays with the history of the television sitcom.

Bryan Bertino The Strangers Collage

Bryan Bertino and 21st-Century Nihilism

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Director Bryan Bertino’s filmography is a dark and hopeless dive into the unpredictability of violence and the inability to truly avoid it.

The Silence Of The Lambs

The (Almost) Impossible Oscars Success of ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

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How a movie about cannibals and skin suits took home Hollywood’s highest honor and why it still matters.