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Familial Neurosis in ‘Never Open That Door’ Film-Noirs

Familial Neurosis in ‘Never Open That Door’ Film-Noirs

The family is the source of neurosis, and any hint of an allegedly happy ending in these three film-noirs must happen over someone’s dead body.

Department Q Film ‘Boundless’ Unravels

Department Q Film ‘Boundless’ Unravels

Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q crime thriller The Hanging Girl unravels in its 2024 film adaptation by Ole Christian Madsen, Boundless.

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.

Nordic Noir in Transition: Jussi Adler-Olsen’s ‘Department Q’ Books on Film

Nordic Noir in Transition: Jussi Adler-Olsen’s ‘Department Q’ Books on Film

Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of the Nordic noir Department Q series, isn’t thrilled with the transition of his work to film. Five directors of six films argue that’s a crime.

21 Beacon Street’s Impossible Missions

21 Beacon Street’s Impossible Missions

In 13 episodes, lost TV wonder 21 Beacon Street is an uncanny and legally actionable precursor to the Mission Impossible franchise.

Alex Garland’s ‘Civil War’ Refuses Righteousness

Alex Garland’s ‘Civil War’ Refuses Righteousness

Alex Garland’s Civil War refuses righteousness. Instead, it takes a hard, unflinching look at the true costs of war for everybody and everything it touches.

Three TV Shows That Promise an Intriguing Viewing Experience

Three TV Shows That Promise an Intriguing Viewing Experience

These three TV shows of early spring 2024 are the most compelling, mind-boggling, and expensive-looking ones to watch before you go back out in the sun.

Film Noir Trio Showcases Edward G. Robinson on All Sides of the Law

Film Noir Trio Showcases Edward G. Robinson on All Sides of the Law

The films in Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVII are united by one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, the almost casually brilliant and magnetic Edward G. Robinson.

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s ‘Monster’ Falls Short of Its Literary Ambitions 

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s ‘Monster’ Falls Short of Its Literary Ambitions 

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Monster has striking moments, but casually skips over details, reducing its characters to incomplete fragments.

‘Foreign Land’ and the Dawn of a New Age in Brazilian Cinema

‘Foreign Land’ and the Dawn of a New Age in Brazilian Cinema

The bleakness in Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas’ 1995 crime thriller Foreign Land would mark the film as a paragon in the newly emerging Brazilian cinema.

Men Are So Lovely and Dry: Saltburn’s Queer Narrative Failures

Men Are So Lovely and Dry: Saltburn’s Queer Narrative Failures

Saltburn sparked discussion for its shocking sex scenes, but for all its stylized images and clever gendered trope inversions, its queer promises are empty.

The Troubled History of Silent Film ‘Pandora’s Box’

The Troubled History of Silent Film ‘Pandora’s Box’

Its lesbian love interest was once modified and a saccharine ending tacked on, but a new controversy arises with G.W. Pabst’s silent film classic Pandora’s Box.