Essays

Pixar Soul

The Middle-Aged Protagonist of ‘Soul’ is the Hero My Child-Self Needed

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Pixar’s latest endeavor is a crushing confrontation of self, but it offers tools to battle the inevitable onslaught of doubt.

Wonder Woman Melodrama

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ and the Melodrama of the Gods

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The sequel wants nothing to do with a recognizable reality. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot are here to clash with titans.

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How 2020 Was Unintentionally Reflected in the Movies of 2020

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We reflect on films that somehow managed to successfully capture the cultural zeitgeist of this year.

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2020 Was the Year of Found Footage and Creative DIY Filmmaking

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Even a pandemic can’t stop horror filmmakers from tapping into the found footage genre to create terror in the digital world.

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‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Escapes the Trap of Stage-to-Screen

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The adaptation finds validation through two crackling performances from Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.

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Exploring Radical Empathy in the Movies of 2020

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In 2020, films asked us to look at unconventional ways we can connect with people when they need it most.

Women Of The Expanse

The Women of ‘The Expanse’ Will Be the Show’s Greatest Legacy

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We spotlight five of the many complex female characters that populate the sci-fi series.

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The Cathartic Power of ‘Sense and Sensibility’

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For its 25th anniversary, we look at how Ang Lee and Emma Thompson’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel subverts expectations of female heroines.

Brokeback Mountain Landscape

Landscape as Metaphor in ‘Brokeback Mountain’

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Ang Lee shoots his subjects predominantly in long lenses to convey a sense of inescapable loneliness.