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Godzilla the Union Buster

Godzilla the Union Buster

There’s a bitter irony in how Oscar-winning Godzilla Minus One, produced by a notorious union-busting production company, is celebrated for its message of collective strength.

Crime Sells in TV: ‘The Responder’, ‘Shardlake’, and ‘Eric’

Crime Sells in TV: ‘The Responder’, ‘Shardlake’, and ‘Eric’

For compelling and worrisome reasons, crime sells in our TV entertainment. The Responder, Shardlake, and Eric feed our brutal compulsion in varying ways.

Is ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ An Act of Surrender?

Is ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ An Act of Surrender?

After her psychological-horror debut Saint Maud, cinema took Rose Glass’ bright new voice in genre filmmaking and, with Love Lies Bleeding, clipped her wings.

Is the ‘Barbie’ Movie Performative Subversion or Meaningful Rebellion?

Is the ‘Barbie’ Movie Performative Subversion or Meaningful Rebellion?

Is the Barbie movie, like the Barbie dolls, a superficial attempt to co-opt feminist discourse? Or does it offer something substantial? 

‘Love Lies Bleeding’ Drips with Danger and Desire

‘Love Lies Bleeding’ Drips with Danger and Desire

Rose Glass drenches Love Lies Bleeding in sensation and texture, as if she dragged the film through pools of viscera on the floor of a Foley sound effects studio.

Chewing the Scenery and Chewing on Actors in ‘Man-Eater of Kumaon’

Chewing the Scenery and Chewing on Actors in ‘Man-Eater of Kumaon’

Sabu and a tiger foreshadow Byron Haskin’s special effects and science fiction adventures of humans vs. the elements in Man-Eater of Kumaon.

The King of Monsters Returns to His Roots in ‘Godzilla Minus One’

The King of Monsters Returns to His Roots in ‘Godzilla Minus One’

Takashi Yamasaki’s Godzilla Minus One returns to the roots of the origin story with essential drama that gives weight to the monstrous spectacle.

David Fincher’s ‘The Killer’ Is a Deadly Satire of the Corporate World

David Fincher’s ‘The Killer’ Is a Deadly Satire of the Corporate World

You can read David Fincher’s The Killer as a story about a murderer, or you can see it as the satire of our pathetic little existence that it really is.

Tom DeLonge’s ‘Monsters of California’ Is So Blink-182

Tom DeLonge’s ‘Monsters of California’ Is So Blink-182

Tom DeLonge’s sci-fi film Monsters of California is the cinematic manifestation of a Blink-182 song crossed with a paint-by-numbers tour of paranormal activity.

‘Expend4bles’ Is a Convoy of Clichés

‘Expend4bles’ Is a Convoy of Clichés

The only thing that salvages Scott Waugh’s unpronounceable Expend4bles from the usual action film clichés is the franchise’s new star, Jason Statham

French Pop Cinema of the 1960s Brings Tintin to Life Twice Over

French Pop Cinema of the 1960s Brings Tintin to Life Twice Over

Tintin is one of the secret engines of 20th Century pop culture in Europe and Hollywood, as shown in these James Bond-like movies for the elementary school crowd.

‘Star Pilot’: Sixties Sexy Italian Space Opera a Go-Go

‘Star Pilot’: Sixties Sexy Italian Space Opera a Go-Go

Sixties sexy Italian Space Opera had a budget as skimpy as the costumes and the actors play the high-pressure take-offs as though they’re all mid-orgasm.