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Mother’s Day Movie Reflections

Originally Published on May 8, 2015. Republished for Mother’s Day with an added segment. For Mother’s Day, some of our writers spoke about the relationship with their mothers and movies. Suspending Disbelief We watched Gone Girl together and, thirty minutes in, she shouted her frustration that the police were inexplicably waiting to arrest Nick Dunne. She just couldn’t believe it.  She’s always been like this. And I’ve always envied it. I don’t think I know anyone else who so readily surrenders disbelief and allows herself to fall victim to every narrative trick. Any viewer remotely familiar with thrillers or...

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Gets a Trailer

Today, 20th Century Fox dropped the first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Sequel to the 2015 fan favorite Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new follow up sees Director Matthew Vaughn return with a stacked deck. Taron Egerton and Colin Firth (somehow) will be returning to their former roles, while Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, and… Elton John (?) are all newcomers to the cast list. We’ll have more as it comes, but for now, you can catch the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle below and let us know what you think. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set...

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New Video Shows the Development of The Blossoming Talent of Kristen Stewart

Mr. Nerdista is one of our favorite up-and-coming cinema video cinema essay is. He’s also a champion of film analysis in the written form, having contributed to our site recently about one of his favorite releases in The Criterion Collection. Kristen Stewart is a favorite actress of basically our entire crew now. Having labored under the unfair reputation built within the cultural animus against the Twilight series, Stewart has made it impossible to deny her still-young talent. That’s why it’s doubly exciting for us that Mr. Nerdista has employed his keen eye and technical skills into a Stewart-positive analysis...

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Home Movies: What Film Reminds You of Home?

Last week I came across Amanda Arnold’s recent Lit Hub piece, “Why Literature and Pop Culture Still Can’t Get the Midwest Right.” As a born-Midwesterner, I instantly and intuitively understood what she meant by her title. Her ideas stayed with me, and the more I thought about it, the easier it was to think of pop culture—movies, TV, books—that missed the mark and managed to make unfamiliar terrain out of my everyday experience. Turns out there are too many of those to count (and what fun is that anyway?). So, instead, what about the films that got home right? I had...

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Stay Calm: 500 Movies That Soothe Real World Anxiety

It’s been a tough two weeks. We here at AE sort of lean on each other like family and, needless to say, we have had to do a bit more leaning than usual as of late. Anxiety is, for us and many others, at an all-time high. Recently, we started discussing what movies we watch in moments of great stress to help comfort ourselves. Out of curiosity, I opened that line of discussion to our Twitter audience. The response was pretty overwhelming. When compiling everyone’s answer into a list, it seems, with a few lax interpretations and maybe some...

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