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Ingmar Bergman’s 1950s Soap Commercials Wash Away the Existential Despair

Ingmar Bergman is usually remembered for the intensely serious nature of his films. Death, anguish, the absence of God--his themes can be pretty …

Advertising

Every Academy Award Winner for Best Cinematography in One Supercut: From 1927’s Sunrise to 2016’s La La Land

A list of chronological Oscar winners often tells you more about the state of the culture than the state of the art. That is very true when it comes …

The Oscars

Trump’s Top Economic Adviser Goes Full-Plutocrat in Embarrassing CNBC Interview

Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs president who’s now Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, accidentally went full-plutocrat during an interview …

Equality

The Chilling Implications of a Disney-Fox Merger

The movie business is changing rapidly, and reported talks of a studio buying one of its biggest rivals could be part of an ongoing seismic shift.<p>Reports of the film industry’s impending death have been greatly exaggerated. It’d be more accurate to say the business is consolidating, with earnings …

Walt Disney Company

Why Movie-Ticket Surge Pricing Is a Bad Idea

Charging audiences more to see popular films won't halt sliding theater revenues. But Regal Cinemas is trying anyway.<p>As movie-ticket sales continue to decline, theater chains are trying to find new ways to sell the cinema experience. AMC Theatres has been adding reserved seating at locations …

Movies

How Movie Theaters, TV Networks, and Classrooms Are Changing the Way They Show Gone With the Wind

The same night that Tiki torch–bearing white supremacists rallied around a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1,500 moviegoers at …

Racism

Stunning philosophical sci-fi was perfected in 1979 with Tarkovsky’s Stalker

Gorgeous, slow, and deeply meditative, it turns the mirror onto the viewer’s heart.<p><i>Every weekend, we pick a movie you can stream that dovetails with current events. Old, new, blockbuster, arthouse: They’re all fair game. What you can count on is a weekend watch that sheds new light on the week that</i> …

Science Fiction

What Caused Hollywood's Summer From Hell?

The blame for the industry’s horrendous last few months lies with a decades-long shift in the economics of making movies.<p>Hollywood is heading into the season of horror after a summer from hell. The past few months were the worst box-office summer in more than a decade. This Labor Day weekend’s haul …

Movies

Why Is Hollywood Developing Three Different Joker Movies?

The flurry of news about multiple films featuring Batman’s chief villain shows just how desperate the industry is becoming.<p>No subgenre has seen a more massive boost in prestige in Hollywood than the comic-book film. It used to be surprising when critically acclaimed young directors like Bryan …

Movies

Netflix and Amazon don’t want to change TV. Maybe they want to replace it.

Shonda Rhimes’s Netflix deal is just the tip of an iceberg that has the entertainment industry worried.<p>Shonda Rhimes’s departure from ABC to produce new shows for Netflix could not have come at a better time to intensify the fears that have been roiling the TV industry for the past several years …

Shonda Rhimes

Talking Pictures

<b>Listen to Episode No. 160 of Live at Politics and Prose:</b>On this episode of Live at Politics and Prose, Ann Hornaday discusses her new book, <i>Talking</i> …

Podcasting

Nathan Lane and the Rylance Rule: Why We Should Let Stage Actors Be Great Onstage

Last week a long-awaited epic work of art finally came to movie theaters across the United States. No, not <i>Dunkirk</i>, or <i>Girls Trip</i>, though both are …

Darren Aronofsky

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, …

Movies

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

TV Series

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Writers Guild of America

When Gays Decried Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme Became an Early Student of Modern Backlash

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 …

Jonathan Demme

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How Orson Welles’ F for Fake Teaches Us How to Make the Perfect Video Essay

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 …

South Park

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 …