Immersion in fictional worlds allows us to own our dark side | Psyche Ideas

Our liking for fictional villains such as Voldemort tells us something about the dark side of our own personalities — Read on psyche.co/ideas/immersion-in-fictional-worlds-allows-us-to-own-our-dark-side

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. [...]

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest | WIRED

With its gnarled trees, moss-covered boulders, and misty ambience, Wistman's Wood—a remnant of an ancient forest near Devon, England—has captured the imaginations of visitors for thousands of years, inspiring legends about druids and supernatural hellhounds. When Neil Burnell visited on a family holiday as a child, he was reminded of Dagobah, the swamp planet where [...]

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 [...]