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Why Are Christopher Nolan’s Movies So Fun to Argue About?

The release of a Christopher Nolan movie, even one that “underperforms” at the box office like this week’sInterstellar, is by far the most fervently talked about work of art for several news cycles. Even in the face of constant barrages of Taylor Swift headlines, Nolan’s work is intensely debated and scrutinized in a way no other filmmaker receives for even one film, let alone all of them… read the full article. 

‘Interstellar’ on the Small Screen

Concertgoers often rave about the opportunity to see their most cherished acts perform in a small, intimate space. There’s like an infinite number of bobbing heads in a Madison Square Gardens audience, but standing just feet away from your beloved musicians where if you’re lucky there’ll be some eye contact — that’s where the magic supposedly is… read the full article. 

A Look Into The Mind of Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, whose title alone in reference to the director’s name equals cinematic moxie, has the makings of a filmmaker putting his direction, vision and ideas to the test, where a running time of 169 minutes set in milieus that rocket from one plane of existence to the titular other — the interstellar, infinite void — becomes a creative challenge, which every director, who thinks as big as Nolan does, at some point in their careers confront… read the full article. 

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Twin Peaks, Ep. 1.04, “Rest In Pain” buries Laura Palmer and unearths cryptic facts

When the viewer enters the world of Twin Peaks, they do it at close to the exact same time Laura Palmer leaves it. Whoever she was is gone entirely, departed off to heaven, hell, the darkness in the woods, the strange red room in Cooper’s dream, or perhaps to nowhere at all. Cooper and the Twin Peaks police department can overturn every stone in town until they find the killer, but nothing they do is going to bring her back. The only thing that’s left behind is a body growing colder by the minute, and the memories of a town that loved her without truly understanding anything about her… read the full article. 

Gotham, Ep. 1.08, “The Mask” transitions the season with a new arc

The season enters a new arc on Gotham as the fallout of last week’s episode, “Penguin’s Umbrella”, begins to take effect. Gordon tried to take down Falcone and failed, but managed to set an example of what a good cop is capable of and also shed a light on how inactive the Gotham City Police Department is, as none of his colleagues came to aid Gordon against Victor Zsasz… read the full article. 

Why you should be watching: Transparent

Intimacy is a difficult thing to film. Rather, it’s difficult to film well. You can capture two people clutched closely together, in a vulnerable moment, so that it feels as if the camera is encroaching on their privacy, an intruder. You can film in close-up, for a more practical intimacy, catching every hair and freckle. But to really feel like you’re getting a close understanding of the characters onscreen, there’s no list of actions one should take—it can be a challenge. Jill Soloway has figured it out… click here to read the article. 

Why You Should Be Watching: Marry Me

Sitcoms, like every other TV genre, start off with something Buzzy and Conceptual to grab audience attention, before jettisoning it, to some extent, to get down to the business of what the show is actually about. Which, more often than not in sitcom-land, is the dating misadventures of a group of friends in a large city… read the full article. 

Why You Should Be Watching: Cristela

As Parks and Recreation prepares to end, The Mindy Project continues to fall in the ratings, and pretty much every other new fall comedy has already been canceled, the network comedy landscape looks bleak past Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, and The Big Bang Theory. But hope may have arrived in the form of Cristela, a multicam sitcom airing on Friday nights on ABCread the full article. 

Why you should be watching: ‘Last Week Tonight’

People looking for a satirized view of news and media haven’t had to look far as of late. Between the long running twin titans of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report from Comedy Central, the market has pretty much saturated itself as far as that daily front is concerned… read the full article.

Why You Should Be Watching: Benched

Eliza Coupe has an uncannily innate ability to seem like the most composed and least poised person at the same time on screen. It is a trait that Happy Endings used well, even if it didn’t fully embrace it until the final season, when it delved into Jane’s increasingly slapstick job with the Car Czar… read the full article. 

‘Supernatural’ Season 10 is formless, but still entertaining

ew shows in the history of television, let alone amongst genre offerings, have gone to ten seasons, which putsSupernatural in rarified category. With the show’s longevity, however, comes the issue of keeping things fresh, rather than retreading old character beats. With the season premiere delving into Dean’s current demonic existence, its end promised a deeper chasm between the brothers than ever before… read the full article. 

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All-New Captain America #1 Has Bone-Crushing Action, But Little Characterization

The point of All-New Captain America #1 is to show what new wrinkles Sam Wilson, the artist formerly known as Falcon, brings both physically and mentally to the role. In the time-honored Marvel superhero tradition, he has some internal struggles and general problems adjusting to the mantle of Captain America, but ends up winning out in the end… click here to read the full article. 

Captain Marvel #9 is a fairy tale musical in space

In Captain Marvel #9, Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez switch gears from space opera to rock opera in space involving variations on the traditional fairy tale. DeConnick inverts gender roles, writes about 75% of the issue’s dialogue in rhyme, and reinvents the character of Lila Cheney (who I previously thought was a Dazzler knockoff while showcasing Captain Marvel’s ability to inspire heroism and self-sacrifice in other people… read the full article. 

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‘The Fade Out’ #3 – Classic take on classic Hollywood

With issue #3, The Fade Out moves away from beaten-down protagonists Charlie Parish, shifting its spotlight on new characters while more familiar faces slide into the background. Using unexpected flashbacks and unique third-person narration, Brubaker reveals the complicated personalities of two additional characters at the opposite end of the Hollywood spectrum… read the full article. 

Comics as Music in The Wicked + the Divine

There are many of definitions of comics out there. One French theorist Thierry Groensteen decided to not define comics, but instead create a system for them. Part of this system is the frame. The frame is a panel and its boundaries including the margins and gutters. The frame has various (actually six) functions. One of the functions of a frame is the rhythmic function. This is the part of the frame that deals with time and temporality. Groensteen compares this function of the frame to Jean-Luc Godard’s famous definition of film, which is “making music with painting”. Both comics and music have a similar kind of temporality… read the full article. 

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Dynamite and Pulp: A Love Story

Over the ten years of its existence, Dynamite has brought new life to so many classic pulp titles. The company has almost made its name in the pulp genre. The idea crested when Dynamite released its Project Superpowers series. Project Superpowers was responsible for resurrecting so many golden age heroes that Dynamite had created for itself a veritable arsenal of pulp-era do-gooders. Created by Jim Kreuger and Alex Ross, the series focused on bringing the classic heroes into the modern day, in a fashion similar to Captain America in the 1960s… read the full article.

‘Wytches’ #2 – that rarest of accomplishments in a genre notorious for repetition

The first issue of the massively successful Wytches provides readers with a solid foundation while leaving us with a cliffhanger and excited for more. This issue finds Sailor trying to cope with the aftermath of her traumatic attack, while her parents attempt to search for answers to what’s happened to their daughter. Wytches #2 doesn’t reveal exactly what crashed through Sailor’s window at the end of the last issue, but it does show us how it continues to effect her mind and body…  read the full article.

Southern Bastards’ #5 a comic book that demands your attention

After the shocking conclusion of the first arc, which consisted of the brutal, animalistic murder of a prominent character, we return to Craw County with a glimpse into the past of Euless “Coach” Boss. We dive into the life of the legendary high school football coach and ringleader of plenty of illegal activities taking place in Craw County. Via flashbacks, readers are provided a window looking into a few incidents that helped shape Coach into the man he is today, And now that Earl Tubbs is dead, Euless deals with the aftermath of what he’s done. Coach is a man who abuses power and his goal now is to make sure the townspeople don’t forget that he is someone to be feared and respected… read the full article. 

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