Much of Stephen King’s work may wear the skin of Bram Stoker or Arthur Machen, but the skeleton and muscles come from Middle Earth.
The theme of ‘Lord of the Flies’ is inseparable from an investigation of the expressions and pitfalls of masculinity.
‘It’ is not primarily about a monster but about growing up, about how even if you can evade the demons of childhood adulthood, as one boy realizes early in the novel, will get you in the end.
‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ is when Spielberg switched from his early career, which was heavy on horror and terror, to the genial magician America has come to know and love.
Summer 2017 overall was a dismal session for Hollywood, with the total box office nearly 16 percent lower than the previous year.
With Hollywood producing an endless variety of crude comedies, stopping a Netflix movie you’ve started is more common even than having Wi-Fi problems.
This is the level of writing in prestige television in its golden age: preemptive declarations of liberal grievances instead of a real plot.
For those seeking geeky protagonists, ’80s retro, and misfit adventure, here are a few movies that should tide you over until the end of October.
Are we just as racist and divided and barbaric as we were in Detroit, given recent events like Ferguson, Charlottesville, and Baltimore? Or have we made progress?
The film director throws out a lot of stereotypical views about conservative ideas, but deep down, he thinks and acts much like the rest of us.
The news of the Koch brothers’ passive involvement in ‘Wonder Woman’ presents a sticky wicket for liberal Hollywood and feminists alike.
If watching soldiers do their thing makes you feel unmanly, take that up with your conscience and local recruiter. Please stop projecting your insecurities onto the rest of us.
Women, Marie Claire implies, would never want to watch a gripping two-hour tale of everyday heroism amid the backdrop of a fight against looming totalitarianism.
The two countries Nolan calls home experienced political tumult during the filming of ‘Dunkirk,’ so it’s hard not to view the film through a political lens.
‘Dunkirk’ is not a war movie in the mold of ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘We Were Soldiers,’ or any of the hundreds of other war films that have come before it.
Unlike any other character in a long-running franchise, James Bond is a male fantasy figure. If you want a female British spy, don’t co-opt another that personifies masculinity.
In 2017, movie theaters have screened special 35mm showings, a publisher has released a coffee table art book, and the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray released last fall is still a bestseller.
I most enjoyed that Hollywood’s nod to girl power in ‘Cars 3’ represented reality, not Lightning McQueen being woke. Well, as much as anthropomorphic cars live in reality.
So, does the film do away with Uncle Ben’s nugget of wisdom, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’? No, it’s just softer in this film.
At times, it can almost seem ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is anti-human. Yet it really shows what is best, and worst, about humankind, and therefore defines it.
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