This is the level of writing in prestige television in its golden age: preemptive declarations of liberal grievances instead of a real plot.
The main characters in ‘Comrade Detective’ play enforcers for a totalitarian tyranny, but you cannot distinguish their lines from those of latter-day irate progressives.
In our post-therapeutic culture, we’ve become obsessed with evil, decay, and corruption. That’s why we love ‘Game of Thrones.’
This new ‘Spider-Man’ has none of the sweetness of the old comics or movies, none of the suffering—but all the gadgets and heroism audiences want.
‘Stalag 17’ is a weird name and a weird movie. You’re in for a great surprise: an Oscar-winning all-American movie utterly without imitation.
Because of their strong, simple moral themes, critics refuse to respect the honest work and ingenuity put into the ‘Transformers’ series.
Tom Cruise’s summer blockbuster offers horror, romance, and an all-American hero—but it also has a strong message regarding the death cult of individualism.
Had the crew in ‘Alien: Covenant’ included a couple of gloomy, maladjusted types, and had they listened to any of them, things would have gone better.
In watching ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ you know for sure that the good guys will win at no cost to themselves or anyone who matters. That’s not a good movie. It’s cheap therapy.
‘Silicon Valley’ shows the toxic culture of conformism that crushes innovation—and suggests, both by wit and vulgarity, that our best ally is the people.
Vin Diesel is the Sylvester Stallone of this generation, and the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise is his ‘Rocky.’
After the opening weekend, ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a significant failure for everyone involved: actress, studio, and the Japanese anime genre. It’s not just a financial, but an artistic and imaginative failure.
The boy Kubo is grieving—not in psychological stages, but in song, threnody. Kubo must undertake a spiritual journey, risking his sanity to learn how to live like a human being and poet.
Here’s what is really at stake in ‘Deadpool’ and what its success says about dark changes in American individualism.
The Oscars at their best are about one simple thing: Beautifying what is worth beautifying in American movies. This year, that’s Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge.’
‘Passengers’ tells us a lot about progressive assumptions regarding society, individualism, and what it means to be human.
Americans disagree whether it’s possible, necessary, or acceptable to focus on men. These movies explore these questions with insightful reflections on American society.
There’s something to be said for nostalgia and for the attempt to update cultural touchstones. But there’s a subtle danger in movie remakes.
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