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Auden on Writing, Originality, Self-Criticism, and How to Be a Good Reader

“It would only be necessary for a writer to secure universal popularity if imagination and intelligence were equally distributed among all men.”<p><i>“Before writers are writers they are readers, living in books, through books, in the lives of others that are also the heads of others, in that act that is</i> …

Former supporters describe their ‘last straw’ when it came to Trump

Donald Trump's had a rough couple of weeks since the GOP convention. A string of self-inflicted controversies and plummeting poll numbers have some observers speculating about the possibility of a Hillary Clinton blowout in November.<p>Trump is facing some polling difficulties not because Hillary …

Donald Trump

49 Incredible Films You Can Watch In 90 Minutes

Shortish films, from Stand by Me to The Shallows.<p>Check canistream.it for up-to-date info.

Beautiful Photos From Terry Gilliam’s THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE Location Shoot

“Suicide Squad”: One mediocre anti-superhero movie reveals Hollywood’s multiple disorders

<b>Will Smith and Margot Robbie in "Suicide Squad" (DC Entertainment)</b><p>This supposedly hip, anarchic romp becomes a boring mishmash of wasted talent — which will be a huge hit anyway<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>August 3, 2016 11:00pm (UTC)<p>We reached the decadent phase of superhero cinema some time ago, somewhere …

This Supercut Shows The Best Vintage Film References In Wes Anderson Movies

From Citizen Kane to Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.<p>Steve Jobs once said, "Good artists create, great artists steal." (Woody Allen used to say the same thing, and both of them should know). While Wes Anderson is definitely a distinctive director, whose films you can automatically place through their …

From Suicide Squad to Batman v Superman, why are DC’s films so bad?

While rivals Marvel go from strength to strength with their superhero movies, DC’s are being slated by critics. Why? The answer is Zack Snyder<p>Why do DC keep on getting it so wrong with their movies? Having burned their two main tentpoles earlier this year with the unloved Batman V Superman, the …

Comic Books

Soviet Animations of Ray Bradbury Stories: ‘Here There Be Tygers’ & ‘There Will Come Soft Rain’

Sergei Bondarchuk directed an 8-hour film adaptation of <i>War and Peace</i> (1966-67), which ended up winning an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. When he was …

All 58 Stephen King Movie and TV Series Adaptations, Ranked

No contemporary author has seen his work made into more movies and TV shows than Stephen King (and many more, like <i>The Dark Tower</i>, are in the works). …

Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire,’ Starring Brie Larson, to Close BFI London Film Festival

Ben Wheatley’s action-thriller “Free Fire,” executive produced by Martin Scorsese, will be the closing-night film of the 60th BFI London Film …

Film Festivals

Sunset Boulevard: what Billy Wilder's satire really tells us about Hollywood

“Without me there wouldn’t <i>be</i> any Paramount Studios,” declares Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s black comedy Sunset Boulevard (1950). Former silent film star Desmond may be mad, but there is a grain of truth in what she says: Swanson was one of Paramount’s biggest stars even back …

Martin Scorsese Plays Vincent Van Gogh in a Short, Surreal Film by Akira Kurosawa

The idea of the <i>auteur</i> director has been a controversial one at times given the sheer number of people required at every stage to produce a film. But …

Christopher Walken, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry & Other Celebs Read Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Back in 1997, Hal Willner recorded, <i>Closed On Account of Rabies</i>, an audio compilation featuring well-known artists reading macabre stories by Edgar …

David Lynch Presents the History of Surrealist Film (1987)

What living director has drawn the descriptor “surreal” more often than David Lynch? If you’ve seen, or rather experienced, a few of his films — …

John Turturro Reads Italo Calvino’s Fairy Tale, “The False Grandmother,” in a Short Animated Film

In 1956, Italo Calvino, one of Italy's finest postwar writers, published <i>Italian Folktales</i>, a series of 200 fairy tales based sometimes loosely, …

Edward Wright Creates a List of His 1,000 Favorite Movies: Watch 10 of Them Free Online

There was a time when drawing up a list of your top ten favorite films of all time would suffice to establish yourself as a cinephile. But subsequent …

Los Angeles

Here come the B-list, breathing new life into superhero films

A fresh cast of characters has given the movies a boost and the studios know they’re on a winner<p>Steven Spielberg’s skill as a film-maker is beyond dispute. As a soothsayer, though, his credentials are shakier. In 2013, he predicted that the superhero movie was heading for the boneyard. “There’s …

Barry Lyndon: Kubrick's vision of a compromised life

Barry Lyndon is perhaps Stanley Kubrick’s most charming protagonist – yet he is a bully, a deceiver and a snob<p>Stanley Kubrick was a connoisseur of truly terrible men. In the midst of the Watergate decade, the era of My Lai, Salvador Allende and the Pentagon papers, when heroism was a …

‘Stand by Me’ Oral History: Rob Reiner and Cast on River Phoenix and How Coming-of-Age Classic Almost Didn’t Happen

It’s been three decades since “Stand By Me” became the little drama that could, catapulting River Phoenix to stardom, establishing Rob Reiner as a …

Empathy

HitFix

‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Is Lighthearted But Clever Escapism<p>Mike Ryan reviews the latest MCU offering, a good movie for those looking for a mental …

Jurassic Park

The ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Remake Is A Better Version Of ‘Super 8’

The original <i>Pete’s Dragon</i> is one of those movies that I know I just absolutely loved when I was a little kid, but for the life of me can’t remember. I honestly can’t recall any detail from that movie other than Mickey Rooney is in it and the dragon in question, Elliott, had a sturdy chin. Oh, but I …

Movies

Legendary ‘MAD’ Magazine Cartoonist Jack Davis Has Passed Away At 91

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Here are all of the superhero movies coming out in the next 5 years

"Suicide Squad" is in theaters this August, and while it may be one of the final films in the superhero genre for the year, there are plenty more in store for the next few years.<p>There are well over 30 superhero movies planned for the next five years. Below, we've gathered together the release dates …

The guy who wrote Trump’s most famous book says he’s a “sociopath.”

DONALD TRUMP LIKES TO BRAG ABOUT his 1987 book “The Art of the Deal.” He has even, in his typical humble fashion, called it the second greatest book …

Donald Trump

The Writing Life: Digging Into The Past To Learn About The Present

Writing is a lonely profession. Let no one tell you otherwise.<p>This is what it comes down to: It's just you, your computer, and your stack of notebooks. Whether you're a journalist filing stories on tight deadlines, or a novelist, or someone who writes biographies - as I do - or assists a celebrity …

TextureWriter might be the best interactive fiction tool for beginners

<i>Header image by Paul Downey</i>An announcement on Twitter last week revealed a new piece of software called TextureWriter, which supposedly makes …

Backwards to the future: how Britain’s nostalgia industry is thriving

From the new film of Swallows and Amazons to Harry Potter, Britain is obsessed with a past that never existed. What is this endless Downtonisation all about?<p>Ron Howard had a theory about why the US sitcom Happy Days was such a hit. The Oscar-winning director, who played Richie Cunningham in the …

Ernest M. Hemingway

"The writer's job is to tell the truth," Ernest Hemingway once said. When he was having difficulty writing he reminded himself of this, as he …

'Lights Out': A Scary Swedish Short Spawns A Summer Hit

Producer Lawrence Grey loves horror movies. But he still shivers, remembering a 2 1/2 minute video that starts on a rainy Scandinavian night. A ordinary woman is getting ready for bed in her small apartment. She switches off the hall light and, in the darkness at the other end of the hall, she sees …

Citizen Kane and the meaning of Rosebud

Citizen Kane has long been acclaimed as a work of genius and endlessly dissected by critics. But a mystery still lies at the heart of this masterpiece. On the eve of Orson Welles’s centenary, Peter Bradshaw comes up with his own theory about the film’s clinching moment<p>S<i>pitting Image</i> once made a …

Orson Welles