My First Movie

When I imagined taking my daughter to her first movie, I pictured excitement, maybe some fanfare, and a carefully selected film. She would be full of anticipation, and my heart would be warm at the thought of making her happy. I don’t know why I imagined this, as I don’t remember my own first...

Weekly Clickables: Kal Penn, Dave Chappelle &...

Greetings, everyone. We’re heavy on horror this week of Weekly Clickables, but we also would like to draw your attention to a discussion of Dave Chapelle’s return and a string of tweets highlighting the limited (and offensive) roles available to actors of color. First, check out this string of tweets from Kal Penn about the roles he auditioned for as a young actor, which are collectively enlightening, depressing, and funny. Thrillist put together a list of movies to watch after you see (and love) Get Out. Read this Vulture interview with Karyn Kusama about the importance of genre film. Check out this article The New York...

Weekly Clickables: Music from Game of Thrones ...

In this week’s Weekly Clickables, we have women in westerns, appreciation for 35mm film, and a hint at the ending of Logan. First, artist Felice House painted women posing as famous cowboys, and the result is a pretty cool collection of portraits. Next, Screen Rant looks at how Logan’s ending was teased in The Wolverine. Last week was the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. On ET Online, Joe Bergren explored its legacy. Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League argues in favor of 35mm film (and gives an interesting history of film media in the process). Finally, an interview with Ramin Djawadi—better known as the composer...

The Institute Is An Absurd Mess Mar06

The Institute Is An ...

Overview: Isabel, a well-to-do young Victorian woman chooses to go to Rosewood Institute, a mental health convalescence facility, at the urging of her brother in order to recover following the death of their parents. There, she meets Doctor Cairn, whose “methods” draw her into a bizarre world...

Weekly Clickables: Daria, Gore Verbinski & Th...

In this week’s Weekly Clickables, we have no theme, but instead a mix of essays and interviews you can really spend some time on, covering a breadth of subjects. First, Brent Lang at Variety discusses why we’re ready for an R-rated X-Men movie. Back in May, Angelica Jade Bastien at RogerEbert.com wrote about the legacy of Joan Crawford, which is pertinent to the upcoming FX show Feud about the famous feud between Bette Davis and Ms. Crawford. Film School Rejects explain how a minor character from Taxi Driver inspired the iconic adrenaline-shot scene in Pulp Fiction. At MTV.com, Inkoo Kang explores the surprising popularity and...

Weekly Clickables: Oscars Hangover

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the Oscars last night. This week, we have a look at racism, Oscar hosts and moments, and the work of the late Bill Paxton in our Weekly Clickables. Hopefully it will help you through your post-Oscars gloom. First, Anthony Lane of The New Yorker discusses Get Out and Logan. Next, an interview with Bill Paxton from 2012, discussing the roles he was most known for then, courtesy of The A.V. Club. And now into Oscars-related links. First, a guide to the Oscars music, courtesy of NPR. Next, a list of the best political moments from past Oscars, courtesy of IndieWire. Finally, a ranking of Oscars...

Weekly Clickables: James Baldwin & Films About American Immigration Feb06

Weekly Clickables: James Baldwin & Films Abou...

In this week’s Weekly Clickables, we have a review, a few lists, and some fan art. Plenty to soothe your post-Super Bowl blues (or to entertain you in a regular way). First, a review of the new James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro, which by almost all accounts is life-changing, and which I was supposed to see and review on Friday until they canceled all showings at the theater near me. Not that I’m bitter or upset in any way. This review at least gives a taste of what seeing the film might actually be like, courtesy of The Guardian. Next, the The AV Club provides a list of films capturing the experience of immigrating...

Weekly Clickables: Missy Elliot, Dark Thoughts, &#...

Each week, I gather content for Weekly Clickables based on suggestions from my fellow contributors, friends, and my own leisure browsing. I try to ensure that the items we share are current or, if not current, are somehow relevant to the discourse surrounding film right now. So, this week we have a look at Manhunter, Michael Mann’s adaptation of the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, and we have the trailer for an upcoming Missy Elliot documentary. The rest of what I’m sharing has to do with the experience of refugees and immigrants as told through film or experienced by filmmakers. This is not a time to use entertainment media...

Weekly Clickables: Marching, Bees, & Censorsh...

In this week’s Weekly Clickables, we have a couple items relating to the Women’s March on Washington, but also a look at censorship, the thing with Bee Movie, and an interview with director Danny Strong. Siddhant Adlakha at Birth. Movies. Death. wrote about Indian censorship and his experience interviewing a government official about it. Take a look at images of Women’s March protests from around the world. The New York Times posted a 360 video that lets you get a taste of what it was like to attend the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. If you’re wondering what the deal is with Bee Movie, PBS Idea Channel will...

Weekly Clickables: Cloverfield, Freaks and Geeks, ...

In this week’s Weekly Clickables, we have throwbacks, trailers, and analysis, which is all good stuff, and a nice variety to get your week started. Because I’ve been re-watching Freaks and Geeks, I thought I’d include this essay from a like-minded media consumer, courtesy of Chicago Now. Although Fences has gotten mixed reviews, there are many great examples of film adaptations of stage plays. NewNowNext put together this list a while ago, but it is still relevant. Here’s a video about the connections between Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting. And a trailer for the upcoming horror...

Weekly Clickables: Taboo, Sci-Fi, & Women In ...

Our Weekly Clickables were a little harder to gather this week than usual, as it was the first week of the year, but we still found a few items worth your time. First, Flavorwire compiled their most anticipated films of 2017. Gwilym Mumford at The Guardian wrote a review of Taboo, the new series starring Tom Hardy, which will give you an idea of what to expect from the show. Nerd Much? updated their list of upcoming sci-fi movies. 2017 promises to be a good year for science fiction. At The Verge, Kaitlyn Tiffany explains her resolution to spend her money on films created by women. And if you want to join Kaitlyn Tiffany in that goal, check...

Weekly Clickables: Remembering Carrie Fisher &...

We made it to 2017! I wisely made no resolutions last year, and so have arrived in the new year having accomplished everything I set out to do. I hope you have, too. But now to what you came for: our Weekly Clickables. This week, we have a remembrance of Carrie Fisher through Leia’s theme, a look at what Netflix got right in the past year, a look at who we lost in 2016 and how they contributed to the discussion of gender, and a bit of Trump totally misunderstanding an important piece of culture. This discussion with Errol Morris about the time Donald Trump completely misunderstood Citizen Kane is fascinating and, of course, terrifying,...

Weekly Clickables: F...

Greetings, and happy almost new year. This week, we have a little of this and a little of that in our Weekly Clickables, some seasonal, and some not. Enjoy! First, an interview with Mandy Moore, choreographer of La La Land, courtesy of The Verge. Next, a look at Katherine Johnson, a West...

Weekly Clickables: A...

This week’s Weekly Clickables are without theme. You’d expect a holiday focus, right? Well, not this year, as you’ve probably seen the best holiday-related lists anyway. In this post, we have a short film, an essay, poll results, ghost stories, and a review, of which you’re likely to enjoy at...

Four of the Best Sco...

In talking about the success of Spielberg’s films, it’s impossible not to mention his career-long partnership with John Williams, who scored all but two of Spielberg’s movies to date. Their collaboration produced such memorable themes as Jaws, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park, which most of...

Weekly Clickables: Transformers: Boogie Knights Tr...

In this week’s Weekly Clickables, we have a look at La La Land, new movie posters for old movies, sex scenes, and Transformers meets Boogie Nights. First, The Hollywood Reporter put together a summary of its Women in Entertainment event, which includes some interesting thoughts from successful women in Hollywood and the media. Rolling Stone looked at La La Land and its resurrection of the Hollywood musical. Photographic artist Jordan Bolton has created posters for iconic movies using only select props and sets from those movies. The effect is like an inventory of a movie’s design that reminds you of moments you love and works like a...

Weekly Clickables: Star Trek & Star Wars Hist...

In this week’s Weekly Clickables, we have a couple haunting trailers, a couple items relating to Star Wars and Star Trek history, and a piece about the coming together of two Virginia Tech alumni to make a film about understanding and embracing gender identity. First, a trailer for Hideo Kojima’s new video game Death Stranding, which leaves you needing to play this game if only to understand the premise. Next, a Star Trek IV writer on how Eddie Murphy almost was a part of the film, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. An oral history of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, which was a thing. A story about two Virginia Tech alumni reconnecting...

Weekly Clickables: Holidays & Black Mirror

Our Weekly Clickables this week is, naturally, holiday themed. Advertisements and fairy lights are everywhere, so why fight it? First, IndieWire put together a holiday movie preview. Next, check out a compilation of the 20 best shopping scenes, courtesy of Glamour. Now, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, you expect to be cold until May 2017. Thankfully, Nylon helpfully put together a list of the 15 warmest movies. If you grew up in the ’90s and had cable, you’ll appreciate this fascinating oral history of the Double Dare obstacle course, courtesy of The A.V. Club. Finally, NPR correspondent Lakshmi Singh interviewed Gugu...

Weekly Clickables: The Work of Denis Villeneuve &#...

Happy Monday, dear readers, and to those in the US who are celebrating this week, Happy Thanksgiving! This week’s Weekly Clickables include some artwork, some new film creations, and a thoughtful look at the work of Denis Villeneuve. First, Fede Alvarez is working on a Don’t Breathe sequel, as well as directing The Girl in the Spider’s Web, courtesy of Dread Central. Per Screen Rant, Robert Eggers, who directed the 2016 indie horror hit The Witch, is doing a remake of Nosferatu. A group of artists have created posters for sequels that never happened, and they’re all up for sale. Speaking of art, check out the trailer for...

Weekly Clickables: Casting Dumbledore & Writi...

In this installment of Weekly Clickables, we have a couple election-related items, a look at the writer behind Arrival, and speculation on the casting of Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts series. First, NPR discussed Arrival short story writer Ted Chiang’s approach to writing, which proved to be inspiring for all current and former technical writers. Screen Rant put together a list of 15 actors who could play a younger Albus Dumbledore. And kudos to them for making an effort to choose gay actors for this role. Daniel Fienberg at The Hollywood Reporter had some interesting thoughts on Kate McKinnon’s performance of “Hallelujah” and Dave...

Weekly Clickables: Baseball at the Movies & T...

In this week’s Weekly Clickables, we have a couple of interesting reviews and a list of great baseball games. There’s something for everyone. Enjoy! First, an interesting review of Japanese Girls Never Die from the Tokyo Film Fest, courtesy of Variety. Also, Quentin Tarantino is being predictably insufferable about his upcoming retirement, but the internet may already be tired of that, per The Guardian. Perhaps, after last week’s World Series, you need more great baseball. As luck would have it, Nerdist put together a list of the 9 best fictional baseball games on film. Finally, if you value silence more than the average person, check out...

Weekly Clickables: Heels & Horror

In this our Weekly Clickables this week, we have mostly horror, but also a review, thoughts on footwear, and some unusual background performances. First, courtesy of the Film4 “Horror Heads” series, an assemblage of Hollywood’s top genre directors – including Tim Burton, Eli Roth, and M. Night Shyamalan – converge to discuss their longstanding and undying love for horror.  In The Atlantic, Megan Garber wrote about women in movies running in heels. Cracked put together this compilation of odd moments from background characters. TV Guide presents a list of the funniest horror movies for those of us who can’t...

Weekly Clickables: Childish Gambino Meets Stranger...

Greetings, readers. I hope you are all ready for another week of Weekly Clickables. We have a few items to share with you from other talented writers and movie fans, which may help you in those dull moments between now and Friday. First, this YouTube channel Ky Edits remixed Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire” with the Stranger Things theme song, and it’s crazy good. Slate explores whether crime shows, a genre that often relies on tradition, really needs to be updated. Newsweek has kindly shared some of the insane stories behind the many, many times Donald Trump has appeared on TV and in movies. Apparently, he’s easy...

Weekly Clickables: Elfman Scores Trump & Horr...

Another week, another collection of Weekly Clickables, featuring content from minds across the Internet. This time, we have an essay and a video relevant to the election – one is serious and one is light, so they balance each other – as well as a couple lists. First, at Vox, Alissa Wilkinson dove deep into one of the more challenging films to discuss in recent years, Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation. Next, Danny Elfman composed a horror movie score for Funny or Die to accompany a clip of Donald Trump stalking Hillary Clinton on the debate stage last week, and it’s the best thing we’ve seen or heard in a while. Vanity...

Weekly Clickables: Power Rangers First Look &...

In our regular installment of Weekly Clickables, we have a couple of throwbacks to the 90s, a contest, and a list pertinent to the election season. First, here is an interview with VIFF award winner and creator of The X-Files, Chris Carter, courtesy of Daily Hive. Next, if you have not already, check out the teaser trailer for the upcoming Power Rangers movie. Here’s a contest to win a seriously amazing werewolf replica statue from The Howling, courtesy of ComingSoon.net. In 2012, TIME helpfully put together a list of the 10 best debate scenes, which you might feel like revisiting now. Finally, check out the first official trailer for...