Articles tagged fantasy

‘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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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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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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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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Sympathy for the Devil: Two Supernatural Fantasies from René Clair

I Married a Witch and Beauty and the Devil enjoy sophisticated evil.

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Is a Feminist Revolution Unfolding on ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Twin Peaks’?

Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks share cultural DNA in their pervasive and structural violence against women, yet both seem to be transforming into unlikely forms of feminism on television.

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A Towering Disappointment: ‘The Dark Tower’ Is Brutally Boring

Middling, misguided, and ill-conceived, The Dark Tower captures none of the scope and style of King's popular books.

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‘The Dark Tower’ Is a Pillar of Boredom

Idris Elba is again squandered in this fantasy Western that feels like the sequel to a non-existent movie and the prequel to a movie that will never be made.

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26 Jul 2017 // 3:00 AM

The Future of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Female

An exploration into how the show's violence against its women enforces and strengthens the matriarchy of Game of Thrones' Westeros.

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The Proximity of the Spectral in Mizoguchi’s ‘Ugetsu’

Mizoguchi suggests that we are not so much haunted by ghosts as we project our own specters upon our reality.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Kicks Off Season 7, and the Pieces Are in Motion

Like its women, Game of Thrones seems to get only stronger with each episode.

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With ‘Wish Upon’ You Come for the Horror and Stay for the Comedy

The clinical precision of John R. Leonetti’s simplistic horror premise is undermined by set pieces that resemble slapstick comedy routines.

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Low and Slow: David Lowery on the Simplicity of ‘A Ghost Story’

Following up last year's family-friendly Pete's Dragon, director David Lowery returns with ambitious indie A Ghost Story, a movie that revels in intimacy and the passage of time.

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‘A Ghost Story’ Is an Artful Prelude to Pattern

Lowery's movie transforms all manner of ordinary actions into weird little bits, most often offered in long takes and long distances, immobile images or slow frame movements.

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“The Book of Nora” Opens as ‘The Leftovers’ Draws to a Perfect Close

The story ends with a story, making The Leftovers' experiential sensation one of divine artistic intent.

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‘The Jacques Rivette Collection’: Three Proto-Lynchian Dream Teases

Rivette's Duelle, Noroît and Merry-Go-Round are the kind of films that are always on the verge of almost making sense.

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’The Mummy (2017)’ Abandons Campy Fun for Faux Gravitas

Alex Kurtzman’s first chapter in the ‘Dark Universe’ franchise is stuck somewhere between William Castle and William Shakespeare.

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From the Superhero Universe of Brute Ego, Wonder Woman Arises, Unsullied

Seventy-five years ago Wonder Woman arose to show what a stagnating comic book medium could achieve; now she does it again, and in so doing, rescues the DC franchise from itself.

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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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