Essays

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.

Lupin The Third

Reimagining an Icon in ‘Lupin III: The First’

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Lupin III is one of the first icons of manga and anime history. A new film that takes the character into 3D animation for the first time lives up to all the expectations that come with that legacy.

Cobra Kai Macchio Zabka

How ‘Cobra Kai’ Teaches Us to Learn from the Past

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The series revisits scenes from ‘The Karate Kid’ to show history repeated but recontextualized.

Filmmaker Of The Year Steve Mcqueen 2020

Filmmaker of the Year (2020): Steve McQueen

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The director’s ‘Small Axe’ anthology challenged film’s definition by exploring deeply personal stories in a radically varied and cinematic manner.

New Filmmakers 2020

The 20 Most Interesting New Filmmakers We Met in 2020

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When we needed fresh perspective, these filmmakers rose to battle.

Movie Of The Year First Cow

Movie of the Year (2020): ‘First Cow’

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There’s more to love than just Evie the Cow in Kelly Reichardt’s tender heist movie, our favorite of 2020.

Scene Of The Year Borat Rudy Giuliani

Scene of the Year: Rudy Giuliani Behind Closed Doors in ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’

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‘Twas the year of Giuliani humiliation and all through the land, not a creature wasn’t laughing, not even Republicans.

The Philadelphia Story

The All-Star Collaboration of ‘The Philadelphia Story’ Still Dazzles 80 Years Later

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From star Katharine Hepburn to director George Cukor, everyone involved with this MGM classic brought incredible talent.