The Phantom Menace at 25

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom…

The multiverse strikes again: Review of Dark Matter on Apple TV+

Like most people, I sometimes wonder how life might have unfolded had I made, at critical…

Susan Backlinie, 1946-2024

Many famous movie actors are associated with a particularly punchy line or memorable monologue; some are…

The Planet of the Apes franchise forgets the purpose of civilization

The reboot series that began with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one…

Why F1’s pipeline for female drivers is a fraud

“Stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen. … It’s not going to happen.” That’s what Regina George,…

John Mulaney’s talk show of the weird

Everybody’s in LA, John Mulaney’s six-part Netflix live talk show, loosely about Los Angeles, is a…

What’s a Tom Wolfe story with white liberal guilt? Not Tom Wolfe

Is Tom Wolfe, the pioneering journalist and popular novelist who died six years ago this month,…

The documentarians and the murderer

Because documentary films contend with real people and real events, it is to be expected that…

The tributaries of Lou Reed

Once, all albums were collections of covers. Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley didn’t just record songs…

Challengers double-faults

A good tennis movie is hard to find. Match Point (2005), Woody Allen’s smoldering drama of…