There’s nothing better than settling in for adventure and romance on the big screen—and in the air conditioning. Hooray for Hollywood!
Get Out as Fugue of Double Meanings
February 27, 2018
It’s said that the best jokes, like the best mysteries, are ones where the punchline is contained in the set-up. Jordan Peele's Get Out offers a sinister reworking of this maxim.
The War On Star Wars
November 27, 2015
The force isn't for everyone.
Sharks Before and After Jaws
August 14, 2020
The blockbuster Jaws (1975) provoked fear by portraying sharks as "mindless eating machines." But what did people think of sharks before then?
The Genre-Bending Brilliance of “Meet Me In St. Louis”
December 24, 2015
Meet me In St. Louis was the first film to blur the lines between a drama and a musical.
The First Movie Kiss
May 7, 2020
The public fascination was so intense that fans soon started demanding live reenactments.
The D-I-Y Origins of Night of the Living Dead
November 5, 2020
Night of the Living Dead’s production story reads like a means to an end: a rag-tag group of creatives makes a movie on nothing to get noticed.
Casablanca at 75
November 26, 2017
On the 75th anniversary of the premier of Casablanca, let's revisit the art and politics of this venerable American classic.
Lon Chaney’s Movie Monsters
October 8, 2020
You might know him from Phantom of the Opera or The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
My Summer of Watching Little Women
May 11, 2018
What the author learned from her mother, a feminist academic doing a research project on film adaptations of Little Women.
The Marketable Misogyny of James Bond
November 1, 2017
The attitudes reflected in the James Bond franchise are wildly out of touch with social reality.
The Mockumentary: A Very Real History
November 14, 2020
What's the appeal of humor masquerading as seriousness? An entire movie genre stands ready to shed light on that question.
An American in Paris: Onstage and Onscreen
May 19, 2015
Whatever your thoughts on the Broadway production, An American in Paris is a big deal in the history of movie musicals.
Interview with Godzilla
July 1, 2014
The awesome destructive power of the beast is widely understood to be a metaphor for nuclear weapons. Is this too facile an idea?
“The Sound of Music” at 50
February 25, 2015
Iconic musical "The Sound of Music" celebrates its 50th anniversary.