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The Fans Have Inherited the Film Industry — and It's a Problem for the Rest of Us (Guest Column)

For filmgoers (and critics) who don't keep up with every Marvel project, are only casual 'Star Wars' fans or missed the Harry Potter train, …

Comics

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Movie Review

<i>Transformers: The Last Knight</i> is, surprisingly, a movie.<p>The film is a direct sequel to <i>Transformers: Age of Extinction</i>, not that that is important. …

Woman Takes Short Half-Hour Break From Being Feminist To Enjoy TV Show

Wednesday morning at Thomas E. Dewey High School news broke that 17-year-old junior Jessica Milly will begin putting out.<p>CHAPEL HILL, NC—Suggesting a …

Alien: Covenant sneakily explores the horrors of directing blockbusters in 2017

If you want to create something new, you’re going to have to make it out of something old’s DNA.<p>As I left the screening of <i>Alien: Covenant</i> I attended, two of my fellow viewers were loudly arguing about how they thought the film was “unnecessary.”<p>Sure, they said, the movie had some effective …

Science Fiction

Cannes 2017: two vastly different cinema cultures provoke one big Netflix controversy

Boos for Netflix’s logo and ongoing arguments expose two ways of thinking about the movies.<p>Every iteration of the Cannes Film Festival needs some controversy to anchor it — it's practically written into the festival's bylaws. The 2017 edition got its start early, with Netflix (which produced two …

Cannes Film Festival

The Match Cut

Once you learn what the match cut is, you’ll start seeing it everywhere.This video by Celia Gómez explains the technique, the marriage of two …

Movies

How can movie theaters compete with your living room? By building a better living room.

From 4DX, which turns movies into theme park rides, to other approaches, theaters try to head off Netflix at the pass.<p>At the downtown Los Angeles movie theater where I’m seeing <i>The Fate of the Furious</i>, a brief commercial plays before the film. It’s an ad for what’s about to happen to me, even though …

Movies

WGA Deal Decoded: Big TV Gains But Movie Writers Have Less to Celebrate

A detailed look highlights enhancements in TV compensation and SVOD, AVOD and pay TV residuals.<p>The Writers Guild of America achieved a deal Tuesday …

How the Furious Gay Backlash to Silence of the Lambs Changed Jonathan Demme

At the 1992 Academy Awards, where <i>The</i> <i>Silence of the Lambs</i> would become only the third movie ever to sweep five coveted Oscar categories, the focus …

Newswire: Get Involved, Internet: Give Donald Trump the They Live treatment

Back when a Donald Trump presidency was simply a horrifying possibility and not a mortifying reality, artist Mitch O’Connell drew a pop-art portrait of the then-candidate depicting him as one of the hollow-eyed aliens from John Carpenter’s <i>They Live</i>. The image was originally created to promote …

Great Job, Internet!: Insane fan theory posits Passengers secretly housed a good movie

Despite it having been released less than a year ago, <i>Passengers</i> was a hyped, big-budget sci-fi romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt that you probably don’t remember. It currently sits at a 31 percent not-so-fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was widely considered a box office flop …

Why Hollywood’s writers are on the verge of a strike — and what it could mean for the industry

The Writers Guild of America is readying to begin a strike as early as May 2. Here’s what’s at stake.<p>When we talk about movies and TV, we usually fixate on actors and directors — but without writers, the whole ship goes down. And once again, Hollywood’s writers are on the verge of a strike, which, …

TV

Hollywood's new blockbuster model, as explained by Fast & Furious action scenes

As the franchise has expanded, its connection to a specific reality has frayed.<p>When <i>The Fast and the Furious</i>opened in the summer of 2001, few would have predicted that it would launch one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. A modestly budgeted action picture built around urban street racing culture …

Movies

10 reasons the movie-theater experience is still worth the effort

Get Out’s box-office record is an argument for the theater industry at large<p>Jordan Peele’s directorial debut <i>Get Out</i> passed the $150 million mark at the box office this weekend, making it the highest-grossing debut ever for a writer-director working from an original screenplay, breaking the 1999 …

Movies

Donnie Darko in 4K: notes on a high-res fever dream

It still feels good to love Donnie Darko<p><i>Donnie Darko</i> is a midnight movie, but I saw the 15th anniversary 4K restoration at 9:30PM at the Metrograph, a two-theater art house on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. That’s not where you want to see a movie like <i>Donnie Darko</i>.<p>The building doesn’t remotely …

Movies

How Orson Welles' F for Fake Teaches Us How to Make the Perfect Video Essay Open Culture

If you don’t understand what makes <i>Citizen Kane</i> so important, just watch a few movies made before it. In his first outing as a filmmaker, Orson …

How film projection got so complicated — and how it can make or break your movie experience

From 35mm to 3D IMAX, the history of movies is a history of film technology.<p>When you walk into a movie theater, you probably don’t think much about what’s going on in the projection booth.<p>You picked the theater because it was conveniently located, or because it was showing the movie you wanted to …

Movies

The Creativity Edition

<b>Listen to Episode No. 144 of Slate Money</b><b>Subscribe in iTunes</b><b> ∙</b> <b>RSS feed</b><b> ∙</b> <b>Download</b><b> ∙ Play in a New Tab <br>Slate Plus</b> members: Get your ad-free podcast …

Podcasting

The Resident Evil movie template is enduring, brainless, and sneakily brilliant

The Final Chapter provides an intriguing new lens through which to view the reliably braindead series.<p>No one would ever mistake a <i>Resident Evil</i> movie for high art.<p>The franchise, based on the popular video games from Capcom, traffics in crude characterizations, hackneyed storytelling, and pulpy …

Movies

Read Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s Powerful Statement About Why He’s Skipping the Oscars This Year

Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian filmmaker whose attendance at the Academy Awards was thrown into question by Trump’s immigration ban, has confirmed that …

Asghar Farhadi

Constance Wu speaks out against Casey Affleck’s Oscar nomination

One of the bigger controversies of this year’s awards season has been the way <i>Birth Of A Nation</i> completely collapsed after old rape allegations resurfaced against director and star Nate Parker while similar allegations against <i>Manchester By The Sea</i> star Casey Affleck failed to make any impact on his …

Casey Affleck

#<b>Spicey</b> had a really tough day today. Let's cut him some slack..... said NO ONE EVER #<b>PressBriefing</b> #<b>SeanSpicerAFilm</b> #<b>SeanSpicer</b> …

Behind the Edit: The Orson Welles Memo

Did a Silent Film About a Train Really Cause Audiences to Stampede?

<i>Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.</i>If you’re at all interested in the …

Atlas Obscura

The Surreal Filmmaking of David Lynch Explained in 9 Video Essays

The internet is full of people who don’t understand David Lynch movies: some ask for appreciation assistance on Quora, others defend their distaste …

Well, Here's a Deeply Upsetting Rumor About the Next Batman Movie (UPDATED)

<i>American Psycho</i> author Bret Easton Ellis is sitting at dinner with some movie executives. They say they know some other executives working on Ben …

Behold the matchless grace of these perfect movie match cuts

A match cut, occurring when the end of one scene is perfectly visually coordinated with the beginning of the next, is a filmmaking technique that can yield serious dividends when executed properly. At its best, this kind of transition can help take an audience from one place and time to another in …

Movies

It Looked Great. It Was Unwatchable.

Ang Lee, the three-time Oscar-winning film director, did his best to lower expectations. “It’s kind of an experimental movie,” he said at the Friday …

Cinematography

The age of streaming is killing classic film. Can Turner Classic Movies be its salvation?

It’s never been easier to see classic movies — but it’s never been harder to become obsessed with them.<p>David Bordwell, one of America’s foremost film scholars, has been thinking back on something the famous film critic Roger Ebert said to him a few years before Ebert died in 2013.<p>“Roger always used …

Roger Ebert