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‘Creepshow’ Plumbs the Icky Side of Apartment Life with “Pipe Screams”

Creepshow‘s second season continues to chug along on over at Shudder. The series has always done a solid job of bringing in genre key players and this week is certainly no different. The latest episode features two legendary ladies whose presence is sure to delight denizens of the horror genre: Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, Jakob’s Wife) and Denise...

‘After Hours’ in the Afterlife: The Case for Paul Hackett’s Hell

In our monthly column Laughed to Death, we look at the way comedy and existentialism go hand-in-hand in seemingly unlikely ways. For this installment, Brianna Zigler makes the case for how Martin Scorsese’s 1985 black comedy After Hours discreetly portrays a dead man damned to his own endless eternity. “What do you want from me?” Paul Hackett shrieks...

Double Take: ‘Shrek’ at 20 and the Iconic Legacy of DreamWorks’ “All Star”

Double Take is a series in which Anna Swanson and Meg Shields sit down and yell at each other about the controversial, uncomfortable, and contentious corners of cinema. In this edition, they consider the cultural impact and enduring notoriety of Shrek. Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, a Scottish ogre was unleashed upon the world and...

Why ‘The Social Network’ is the Best Movie to Lose Best Picture

Welcome to Debate Week: Best Picture Losers, a series in which we’ll be looking at some of the best movies that were nominated, but ultimately lost the Oscar race for Best Picture. In this entry, Anna Swanson discusses David Fincher’s eight-time nominated 2010 film, The Social Network. The Social Network, David Fincher‘s generation-defining opus...

‘The Elephant Man’ is the Most Empathetic Film to Lose Best Picture

Welcome to Debate Week: Best Picture Losers, a series in which we’ll be looking at some of the best movies that were nominated, but ultimately lost the Oscar race for Best Picture. In this entry, Aurora Amidon discusses David Lynch’s 8-time nominated 1980 film, The Elephant Man. Tucked away at the heart of the feel-good movie category is a subgenre...

2021 Oscar Predictions: The Technical Awards

As we’ve done in years past, we’re celebrating the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards with a series of 2021 Oscar Predictions that may help you win your Oscar pool. In this entry, we’re digging into the Technical categories… Cinematography There’s a pretty good chance that Joshua James Richards’ name has already been engraved on the statue for Nomadland’s...

2021 Oscar Predictions: The Sound and Song Awards

As we’ve done in years past, we’re celebrating the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards with a series of 2021 Oscar Predictions that may help you win your Oscar pool. In this entry, we’re putting on our headphones and listening for inspiration in the Sound and Song categories… Best Original Score Ten years ago, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won an Oscar...

What Critics Said About 1995’s ‘Mortal Kombat’

They Said What?! is a biweekly column in which we explore the highs and lows of film criticism through history. How did critics feel about a certain movie at the time, and do we see it differently now? In this entry, Chris Coffel explores the original critical reception of the 1995 video game movie Mortal Kombat. In 1995, the video game adaptation...

How the Female Gaze of ‘American Honey’ Unsettles the Road Movie

Welcome to The Queue — your daily distraction of curated video content sourced from across the web. Today, we’re watching a video essay about how American Honey redefines the road movie by way of the female gaze. The “road movie” genre is not necessarily a male-dominated space. Rebellion, desperation, and self-discovery are certainly within a feminine...

2021 Oscar Predictions: The Writing Awards

As we’ve done in years past, we’re celebrating the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards with a series of 2021 Oscar Predictions that may help you win your Oscar pool. In this entry, we’re writing about who should win and who will win in the writing categories… Best Adapted Screenplay The Academy seems determined to award Sacha Baron Cohen this year. He...

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