Articles tagged fairy tales, fantasy, science fiction, horror, graphic novels, neil gaiman, gregory maguire

The Incessant Violation in Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ Makes Me Mad in a Good Way

The house, wife, and their shared outcry against violation are dangerously tied to white feminism. Viewing Mother! from a racial context circumscribes the power of its possible feminist message.

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Bava, Baby, Bava! Three Films from Italy’s Horror Maestro

Erik the Conqueror, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack and Kill Baby Kill show Bava's colorful ways with the camera.

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Ryan Gosling and Director Denis Villeneuve Don’t Know How the World Will React to Blade Runner 2049

For more than a year, 'Blade Runner 2049' director Denis Villeneuve and star Ryan Gosling have been working under the cover of CIA-level stealthiness.

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‘The Good Place’ Builds on Last Season’s Twist, Emphasizing the Need to Connect

The Good Place is as much a commentary on human relationships as it is a high concept comedy about the afterlife.

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The Pottery Barn Principle of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

Season three's exploration of the politics of survival is fascinating, even with the series' over-reliance on coincidence.

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TIFF 2017: ‘The Shape of Water’

The Shape of Water comes off as uninformed political correctness, which is more detrimental to its cause than it is progressive.

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‘mother!’ Is Poignant and Powerful, and Not At All Pleasant

This is a grotesque, two-horned beast of a marital drama, a nightmarish vision of emotional abandonment and psychological abuse, all for the sake of art.

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Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ of All Head Trips

Bold, pretentious, and divisive, Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller is an exhilarating (and exhausting) cinematic experience.

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14 Sep 2017 // 10:00 AM

TIFF 2017: mother!

While Aronofsky’s artistry is at an all-time-low, it's his misogyny that makes this film abhorrent.

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Good, Bad Place: Season One of ‘The Good Place’ Upended Expectations

Michael Schur's sinister community design used the ideals of the American Dream to fool its characters and its audience; what sort of critique will be built into season two?

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Sci-Fi Author Ursula LeGuin’s Stories of Class War, Religious Dissension, Identity Politics and More

No matter what ignites the dynamic fusion of thought and action in her Hainish fictions, Le Guin generates provocative and intelligent considerations of complex forces.

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Lose Yourself: Dir. Benjamin Barfoot and Writer Danny Morgan on Comedy-Horror Flick, ‘Double Date’

"...[My] theory is people do their best stuff when they lose themselves. So I hold on really tight and then let go because that’s when an interesting chemistry starts to happen."

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Stephen King Adaptation ‘It’ Hurts

Director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic is a hodgepodge of tones and genres that begs the question, “Who is the audience for this movie?”

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No Spoons are Bent in ‘Spoonbenders’ But the Laughs Make Up for It

Daryl Gregory's wry tale of psychics deftly intermixes a family saga, a mob thriller, and high-concept storytelling.

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Ever Wish You Could Go into a Parallel World? Todd Tucker on ‘The Terror of Hallow’s Eve’

For those who have been bullied, revenge fantasy The Terror of Hallow's Eve may prove cathartic.

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On ‘Game of Thrones’ and Its Problematic Nod to John Ford Westerns

With Game of Thrones' massive cultural power comes responsibility. Alas, the John Ford homage "The Spoils of War" episode fails to address "savage Indian" stereotypes.

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Time Travel Manga: What Would You Do If You Could Repeat the Past?

Time travel manga such as A Distant Neighborhood, Orange and Erased teach us a great deal about our shared humanity in these times.

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Do We Have to Explain Everything? Director Patricio Valladares on ‘Nightworld’

"...with my previous movie Downhill, that screened at FrightFest in 2016, a lot of people were bothered by the fact that I left things in the plot without explaining them."

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‘Blade II’ Pioneers the Marvel Sequel Yet Remains Hopelessly Outdated

If Blade reflected its time in 1998, Blade II, despite of-the-moment visual effects dazzling action, feels like a film from an earlier era.

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Gremlins and the Housewife in ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’

The house itself wants to pull the neurotic woman into its maw and absorb her whole as a literal housewife.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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