Category Archives: TV & Movies

Bright Wall/Dark Room November 2018: An Essay on Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf by Ethan Warren

We are pleased to offer an excerpt from the latest edition of the online magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room. This month, in honor of #Bergman100, and Criterion’s upcoming release of a 30-disc box set of his work, they’re devoting our entire November issue to the films of Ingmar Bergman, looking to bring new & diverse perspectives to the legendary…

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AFI Fest 2018: Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in Netflix’s The Kominsky Method

Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) is three-times divorced and struggling to find guest-starring roles on TV as he hits old age. His agent and best friend, Norman (Alan Arkin) becomes widowed after 42 years in the first episode. Together they struggle to get through life in Chuck Lorre’s new Netflix series about Hollywood has-beens and wannabes: “The…

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#341 November 13, 2018

Matt writes: Passes for the 21st annual Roger Ebert‘s Film Festival (a.k.a. Ebertfest) in Champaign, Illinois, are now on sale. The same amount of films will be screened next year, though the festival will take place over four days instead of five, enabling the closing night festivities to pack an even greater punch. Please join…

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Stan Lee: 1922-2018

It is impossible to fully grasp the influence Stan Lee had over the world of popular culture since he first achieved fame in the Sixties. As a writer, editor and publisher of comic books, he, along with an extraordinary group of collaborators, revolutionized and expanded what could be said and done in that particular art…

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Most heist movies are built on a sheen of cool genius, masterminded by a gang of antiheroes who are typically seeking a kind of justified vengeance. “Widows” is not like most heist movies. The emotional currents that power Steve McQueen’s brilliant genre exercise are different—it’s societal inequity, exhaustion at corruption, and outright anger at a…

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