Why 'Truth' Is the Most Feminist Mainstream Film of 2015

“Truth,” like everything connected to former CBS news producer Mary Mapes these days, has been awash in controversy since its release. About the notorious “60 Minutes II” segment on President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service, it focuses on the accusations of document forgeries that resulted in Mapes’s… »10/30/15 9:33am10/30/15 9:33am


Mid-Series Revamp: What to Expect from ‘Arrow’ Season 4

Most of us who have seen it can agree that the third season of “Arrow” was a bit of a letdown, particularly following its stellar sophomore season. The season-long conflict with Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable) and the League of Assassins had its high points - the introduction of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Oliver Queen’s… »10/07/15 12:56pm10/07/15 12:56pm

Drink the Kool-Aid: 10 Must-See Cult Movie Adaptations

When you hear the phrase “cult film,” what comes to mind? If you Google the phrase, the movies you likely thought of are the first to show up: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” “The Evil Dead,” “Pink Flamingos,” and “Donnie Darko.”
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Trainwrecked: Amy Schumer’s Cinematic Debut Falls Short

Without a doubt, this is the Summer of Amy Schumer. Her Comedy Central show lights up social media feeds like a Christmas tree every week, her speeches are the stuff of which female empowerment dreams are made, and her tweets are analyzed as if they were the National Debt. Now, with “Trainwreck,” she’s starring in a… »7/15/15 1:45pm7/15/15 1:45pm

Going Against Type: The Only 'True Detective' Premiere Recap You Need

So, how about that premiere? Before we get into the recapping portion of the day’s event, let’s get this out of the way: Although definitely intriguing in its own right, episode one of “True Detective: Season Two” just didn’t pack that same out-of-the-gate punch as Season One. And honestly, should we expect it to? I… »6/22/15 9:38am6/22/15 9:38am

On the 47th Birthday of Rosemary's Baby

Ever since the “The Babadook” came out last year, I’ve been rethinking “Rosemary’s Baby,” which celebrates its forty-seventh anniversary on June 12. On the surface, an Australian import about a mother and child haunted by a children’s book character has little to do with Roman Polanski’s 1968 opus about a Vidal… »6/12/15 10:42am6/12/15 10:42am

Redirecting Stephen King's It: 5 Perfect Replacements for Fukunaga

For a few brief weeks, all was right with the world. Stephen King’s It was barreling through pre-production. The adaptation was set for not one, but two feature films. Cary Fukunaga was seated firmly in the director’s chair. Sure, there were some concerns about the casting of Will Poulter as Pennywise (and we… »6/05/15 2:19pm6/05/15 2:19pm

Electric Lady: How the Bride of Frankenstein Bucks Social Norms

One of the major cliffhangers to be resolved when Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” returns this weekend concerns the possibility of a mate for Viktor Frankenstein’s monster, introducing further questions about consent and gender identity to a fable which has remained ahead of its time for nearly 200 years. (Spoilers for… »5/07/15 5:53pm5/07/15 5:53pm

Devil in the Details: 4 Reasons 'Marvel's Daredevil' Rocks Our World

Surprising virtually no one, Netflix has officially renewed “Marvel’s Daredevil” for a second season. “Marvel’s Daredevil” is undoubtedly a hit. It not only carved out a niche in the suddenly crowded landscape of superhero/comic book TV adaptations, the series shouldered its way to the top of the heap. With only one… »5/01/15 11:06am5/01/15 11:06am

You're Watching It All Wrong: The Narrative Merits of Reality TV

On the most recent season finale of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” new cast member Eileen Davidson, longtime soap actress, said, “You can’t write this stuff.” But that’s not really true. It’s more that in the traditional development process, you’re not really allowed to.
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Broads with Brawn: 7 of the Toughest Women on Film

There are all kinds of ways to be tough, and sometimes the most important fighting is the kind we do with words and our minds rather than with our fists. My own book, The Fair Fight, isn't really about boxing. Oh, sure, there's boxing in it. But every character in the book is fighting in their own way, for… »4/15/15 10:39am4/15/15 10:39am

'Daredevil' Is Coming: 6 Ways to Prep for the Netflix Release

Since his first appearance in 1964, Daredevil has been a staple of the Marvel Universe. Beginning as a swashbuckling, pulp action hero, Daredevil slowly evolved into one of mainstream comics' most tortured heroes. At his core, Matt Murdock - the blind lawyer behind Daredevil's mask - is a conflicted, tragic hero… »3/31/15 10:13am3/31/15 10:13am

There and Back: Ranking 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'

There and back again. The credits having rolled on "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," and that is precisely the journey we have taken - there and back again. From the discovery of the One Ring to the Battle of the Five Armies to the eventual return of the King, Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's… »1/26/15 11:00am1/26/15 11:00am

'Ghost in the Shell' and the Case for Scarlett Johansson

This month, it was announced that Scarlett Johansson would play the lead role in "Ghost in the Shell," the first American adaptation of the popular anime book series about a female cyborg cop. Given the paucity of roles written for East Asian actresses, cries of whitewashing were understandable. But some felt that, if… »1/26/15 9:46am1/26/15 9:46am

'Broad City' Versus 'Girls'? Thanks But No Thanks

My friend Hopie has an acronym that I love: "TMTM." It stands for "The More, The Merrier," and back in our twenties we used it when assembling invitation lists for club outings and dinner parties. These days, I've found a different application for the term: to nip female competition in the bud. Which woman is… »1/20/15 1:06pm1/20/15 1:06pm

'Selma' and the Roaring Echoes of History

I have seen "Selma," Ava DuVernay's remarkable portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. and the three Alabama marches that inspired the 1965 Voting Rights Act, at two press screenings. The first took place in November, and I wept so copiously that I felt it my duty to see the film again in order to write about it… »1/08/15 4:05pm1/08/15 4:05pm

Beyond Oryx and Crake: 5 Margaret Atwood Tales Ripe for Film

Margaret Atwood remains one of the defining authorial voices of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, but filmmakers have given her works a wide berth, perhaps intimidated by her unfathomably deep characters and absorbing prose. All that may change when Darren Aronofsky digs into her Maddaddam trilogy,… »11/18/14 12:33pm11/18/14 12:33pm

Why We Still Care About Wonder Woman

Mark Twain once said, "History doesn't repeat itself but it does rhyme." Certainly that's true when it comes to feminism. Women began the twentieth century fighting for the right to vote as well as for legal, affordable contraception. Sound familiar? Although they achieved their goals, 100 years later voting is once… »11/17/14 3:59pm11/17/14 3:59pm

Wrestling the American Dream: A Q&A with Foxcatcher’s Writers

The strange incident at Foxcatcher Farm in January 1996 — a multimillionaire philanthropist and supporter of amateur sports suddenly shoots and kills an Olympic wrestler — left a lot of people scratching their heads without much insight. Who knew you could wring such monumental meaning out of such a pointless tragedy?… »11/13/14 3:12pm11/13/14 3:12pm