Category Archives: TV & Movies

A Faithful Man

Louis Garrel was introduced to U.S. moviegoers (for all intents and purposes) as the male half of impossibly attractive, skirting-with-incestuous bisexual twins in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 2003 “The Dreamers.” (The female half was played by Eva Green.) He hasn’t pursued much in the way of a full international profile since (although he will appear in Greta…

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Tilman Singer’s “Luz” was one of the most buzzed about titles on the genre festival circuit in 2018, earning raves at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest and Austin’s Fantastic Fest. It’s easy to see why. With echoes of everything from Dario Argento to Peter Strickland, “Luz” is a major announcement of a new talent. Singer has what…

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Viewing Midsommar, Us, and Lords of Chaos Through the Persona Filter

“Persona” lives in the darkest corners of 2019 cinema. Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic not only influenced how modern filmmakers approach psychological horror, but also foreshadowed modern film culture trends. “Persona” organically incorporates identity politics and contrived personalities. From a 2019 perspective, the Persona Filter can be used to better understand one’s sense of self, and…

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Comic-Con 2019: Batman Inducted Into Hall of Fame

“The Gathering” was the kind of evening you’d imagine Bruce Wayne would attend—a tasteful evening fundraiser for a new museum. This wasn’t Gotham, but San Diego’s eclectic Balboa Park, home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and future home of the Comic-Con Museum, scheduled to open in 2021. The pop-up museum was hosting an inaugural…

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Comic-Con 2019: An Interview with the Creator of Thanos

Marvel comic writer/artist Jim Starlin has created many iconic characters, but only one put on a giant glove studded with infinity stones and snapped his fingers to wipe out half of the universe. Thanos, played by Josh Brolin in the Avengers movies was the first character Starlin created for Marvel and he has developed and…

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The Lion King

It may be a long time before viewers can appreciate the 2019 remake of “The Lion King” as a freestanding work, instead of judging it against the original. The 1994 version was “Hamlet” plus “Bambi” on the African veldt: a childhood-shaping, Oscar-winning blockbuster, the second-highest grossing feature film of its calendar year, one of the last great hand-drawn Disney animated features…

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