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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 1:45pm 7/15/15 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 9:38am 6/22/15 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 10:42am 6/12/15 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 2:19pm 6/05/15 2:19pm

Are You There Hollywood? It's We, Judy Blume Fans

How perplexing. Judy Blume is basically a national treasure, with an international fan base in the tens of millions and a bibliography of more than two dozen beloved books published over the last half-century, and yet a mere three adaptations have been attempted by Hollywood — a 1978 TV movie based on the author’s… » 6/05/15 10:50am 6/05/15 10:50am

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 5:53pm 5/07/15 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 11:06am 5/01/15 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 10:39am 4/15/15 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 10:13am 3/31/15 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 11:00am 1/26/15 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 9:46am 1/26/15 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 1:06pm 1/20/15 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 4:05pm 1/08/15 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 12:33pm 11/18/14 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 3:59pm 11/17/14 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 3:12pm 11/13/14 3:12pm

To Boldly Go: 6 Sci-fi Films That Push the Limits of Space and Mind

"You can do pretty much anything with the outer space movie. Its reaches are, shall we say, limitless, and every genre has its classics — horror ("Alien"), comedy ("Galaxy Quest"), epic ("The Empire Strikes Back"), action ("Aliens"), historical drama ("Apollo 13"), survival thriller ("Gravity"), and any number of… » 11/07/14 10:20am 11/07/14 10:20am

Film Can Save You: 8 Movies to Help You Survive an Apocalypse

As a disaster novelist, I am always on the lookout for movies or television series that depict practical survival skills. But most Hollywood productions portray people acting foolishly in the face of peril and they fail to teach any useful lessons. I can't count the number of times that I've felt like shouting at a… » 10/21/14 1:00pm 10/21/14 1:00pm

Down with Dystopia: 5 Highly Adaptable Utopian Novels

One of the most recent bizarre trends in contemporary cinema is the rise of the dystopian sci-fi flick. Sure, the "Hunger Games" films may be the most female-empowering YA franchise of all time. But anyone who reads the news already knows the world is in trouble. Do we really need a new movie every week to remind us… » 10/06/14 3:52pm 10/06/14 3:52pm