The Great Elmore Leonard Renaissance of the Late ’90s | CrimeReads

During his reign as the preeminent king of American crime lit, the late Elmore Leonard was often described as “the most cinematic novelist in the English language.” It was a designation he seemed to encourage, once remarking “I’ve always seen my books as movies.” To be fair, the cinematic track record of Leonard adaptations is [...]

On Track for the Apocalypse, ‘Snowpiercer’ Comes to Television – The New York Times

The science-fiction action film “Snowpiercer” takes its name from its setting: a gargantuan train that has become humanity’s last refuge after a failed attempt at reversing climate change renders the earth otherwise unlivable. As it traverses the frozen remains of our planet, this 1,001-car behemoth houses a brutal dystopia where class divisions are rigidly enforced [...]

Woody Allen, the Pseudo-Intellectual, a Review of His Autobiography by Commentary

But Woody Allen heatedly denies being an intellectual of any kind: “I have no insights, no lofty thoughts, no understanding of most poems that do not begin, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue.’...To this day, the Tin Pan Alley poets are my poets….I never read Ulysses, Don Quixote, Lolita, Catch-22, 1984.” — Read on http://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/bruce-bawer/woody-allen-pseudo-intellectual/

The Parable of the Superhero Movie

You’ve been bitten by a radioactive spider. Or, you come from a doomed planet in the far reaches of space. Maybe, you’re a god, or the child of a god-king. Perhaps you are just an incredibly rich billionaire, philanthropist, playboy or, heaven forbid, orphan. But, the crux of the story is - you have power. [...]

Weathering With You Movie Review: Makoto Shinkai’s New Anime

The animated Tokyo of Weathering With You is caught in the grip of a seemingly endless downpour. Rain sheets down on the waterlogged city with a dreary consistency, transforming its sidewalks into seas of puddles, and obscuring its citizens under slow-moving streams of umbrellas. On the news, the unrelenting precipitation gets described first as unseasonable, [...]

Richard Stanley’s Return: Thank Nic Cage and a Ouija Board

Twenty-five years after the spectacular failure of “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” the reclusive director is still dreaming of human-animal hybrids. Even as he considers a sequel to his new film, “Color Out of Space,” starring Nicolas Cage. -- Richard Stanley’s career in Hollywood was supposed to be over. It was 1996, and he’d just [...]

‘Beanpole’ Director Kantemir Balagov: A Q&A

Kantemir Balagov explains the origins of his Russian historical drama, the best international film not nominated for an Oscar this year. In a couple of quick years, Balagov has become one of the great young hopes of international cinema — a director who can tell complex, resonant stories and who has the stylistic dexterity of [...]

The Whistlers (2019) – IMDb

Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a policeman who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. — Read on m.imdb.com/title/tt7921248/

The Amazing Poster Art From the ‘Golden Age’ of Magic | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine

At the turn of the 20th century, magician Harry Kellar commissioned a poster to advertise one of his most famous tricks, “The Levitation of Princess Karnac,” in which he appeared to make a hypnotized woman—whom he claimed was a Hindu princess—hover in mid-air. The illustrated poster depicts Kellar dressed in a stiff tuxedo with his [...]

The Best Movies of 2020 So Far

From a fervent animated romantic fantasy to a brilliant depiction of trauma and loss in Russia at the end of World War II. Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Courtesy of the Studios We’re already a few months into 2020, which means it’s time to start up our running list of the best movies of the year to date. [...]