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Heating Up: 20 Hot New Thrillers to Read This Spring - Signature Reads

Philip Kerr’s bestselling Bernie Gunther series continues with <i>Greeks Bearing Gifts</i>. In this latest installment, readers find Gunther in 1956 Munich, operating under the alias “Christoph Ganz.” He’s hit a bit of a dead end in his career but finds his life reinvigorated when he takes a job as a …

Books

How 50 Famous Female Characters Were Described in Their Screenplays

How do you create a memorable female character? It helps if you get it right from the very beginning, as Joseph L. Mankiewicz did in his screenplay …

Audrey Hepburn

What still makes "Breaking Bad" so breathtakingly unique, 10 years after it premiered

On this day 10 years ago, Walter White’s dad khakis drifted in the breeze, a hilariously peculiar sight against the bright blue New Mexico sky, then plunged to the ground like a bird shot out of the air. TV was never the same.<p>From its opening moments, you knew <i>Breaking Bad</i> was unlike anything you …

TV

How ‘La La Land’ Staged a Dance Number on an L.A. Freeway

Choreographer Mandy Moore talks about the unique challenges of staging a giant production number on an exit ramp and what it was like to teach Ryan …

Interview: Alexander Lemke

“Recognizing how routinely and fundamentally VFX is changing what cameras capture also means altering how we think about cinema,” <i>Film Comment</i> Digital …

La La Land sees Old Hollywood magic giving way to modern melancholy

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play aspiring artists caught between their own romance and love of their art.<p><i>La La Land</i> opens with a large-scale song-and-dance number on a Los Angeles freeway. Young people aspiring to a life in show business, but currently just stuck in gridlock, climb out of their …

Tom Ford frames stories within stories in the postmodern Nocturnal Animals

“I’m too cynical to be an artist,” muses a character at around the midpoint of <i>Nocturnal Animals</i>, the second feature by the fashion designer Tom Ford, …

Los Angeles

Hara Hachi Bu: The Okinawan's Secret to Longevity

Hara hachi bu (also commonly referred to as <i>hara hachi bun me</i>) is a Confucian teaching that advises people to eat only until they are approximately 80 …

14 Toronto Film Festival Movies Worth Your Attention

Attending the Toronto Film Festival is like stepping into a la-la land where bloated summer blockbusters are but a distant memory. This year’s gala even gave us an actual “La La Land,” the musical romance that won the festival’s top prize and jump-started the annual frenzy that is Oscar …

Columbia University

31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer

Brilliant reads from July to September (UK release dates).

Books

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

New York City

Our definitive ranking of every Coen brothers film

With the release of “Hail, Caesar!,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s 17th feature film, it’s fitting to assess their oeuvre in the form of a best-to-worst list. Herewith, the Coen canon ranked in handy descending order, the better for inevitable quibbles, arguments and fisticuffs to ensue:<p><b>1. “Fargo”</b> …

Coen Brothers