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Different for girls: why virginity is still a burden for females in film

‘You’re going to have so much un-special sex in your life,’ says Timothée Chalamet to Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird, the latest in a long line of females on screen who’ve been punished for their purity<p>“You’re going to have so much un-special sex in your life,” Timothée Chalamet tells Saoirse Ronan in …

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Sometimes the best-directed movie isn’t among the best of the year

<i>This year’s Oscar nominations will be announced on January 23. Will the Academy uphold conventional wisdom or think outside of the box? With Oscar</i> …

‘Patriots Day,’ ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ and the Political Implications of the ‘Docbuster’

Actor Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg's two recent films turn tragedy into action drama - and unsettling commentary.<p><i>Flavorwire is taking the</i> …

Deepwater Horizon

Not Every Piece of Art is About Trump — Or Is It?

The tangerine totalitarian has an unfortunate habit of slipping himself into... well, everything.<p><i>Flavorwire is taking the final week of 2017 off,</i> …

Chris Rock Pens Blistering Essay on Hollywood's Race Problem: "It's a White Industry"

Writing for THR's current issue, the 'Top Five' writer, director and star tackles Hollywood's third rail as he explains what it's really like to be …

Why Does the Cloverfield Sequel Keep Getting Postponed?

In 2016, J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot pulled off a true, rare “holy shit” movie moment, unleashing the existence of the sequel to …

Film Industry

48 trends reshaping the film industry: Part 4 - Industry changes

This is the last instalment in a four-part series chronicling 48 trends and changes in the film industry.<p>To compile this list, I have been back …

How to make a Wes Anderson movie, by his trusted cinematographer Robert Yeoman

Cinematographer Robert Yeoman has one of the most interesting CVs in Hollywood, starting out in an array of Eighties classics such as William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in LA and Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, and collaborations with directors as diverse as Wes Craven (on Red Eye), Drew Barrymore …

48 trends reshaping the film industry: Part 3 - Distribution and exhibition

This is the third instalment of a four-part series chronicling trends and changes in the film industry.<p>To compile the list, I have been back through …

48 trends reshaping the film industry: Part 2 - Production

This is the second instalment of a four-part series chronicling 48 different trends and changes in the film industry.<p>Last week I gave you trends 1 to …

48 trends reshaping the film industry: Part 1 Development and Finance

Each week over the last five years, I have been covering different aspects of the film industry, explaining and illustrating how they function. Next …

‘Hagsploitation’: horror’s obsession with older women returns

Hollywood horror was once replete with meaty roles for older women. Now the Insidious franchise is resurrecting the tradition – but is this really something to celebrate?<p>‘To you, that’s weird. To me, it’s just a day job,” says Elise Rainier, professional psychic. In the first Insidious film, in …

From Black Panther to Black Lightning: black superheroes are go!

African-American comic book characters are finally stepping up from sidekicks<p>After five decades as sidekicks, secondary characters and niche titles, the black superhero’s time has finally come.<p>Next month Marvel releases its eagerly awaited <i>Black Panther</i> movie, centred on a young African king who …

Why 2017 was the post-Moonlight era for film

In a usual year, the film world turns a customary gaze toward the political right around now, when the buzz of awards season and the publication of critics’ end-of-year lists provide a pause for reflection, measures of the way the industry’s output has spoken, or failed to speak, to contemporary …

Northern Italy

All Stories Are the Same

From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception.<p>A ship lands on an alien shore and a young man, desperate to prove himself, is tasked with befriending the inhabitants and extracting their secrets. …

Literature

Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. — Tonya Harding’s name isn’t Tonya Harding anymore. “My name is Tonya Price,” she said, when she saw me taking notes. In 2010, she had just returned home to Washington from Los Angeles, where she’d been doing another one of the odd jobs she’d collected over the years — color …

Jeff Gillooly

Visiting Ingmar Bergman’s enchanting Swedish hideaway

We journey to Fårö, a remote island in the Baltic Sea, in search of Sweden’s enigmatic master.<p>There’s a festive mood in Stockholm this evening. The …

100 great movies by female directors – part 1 | Little White Lies

Read part one of our countdown celebrating the greatest female artists in the film industry.<p>For the 60th issue of Little White Lies, we sheepishly …

VOD has changed the way we watch movies. So what now?

It’s now easier than ever to access the films you want to watch when you want to watch them. Yet although the VOD revolution has fundamentally …

8 A-List Actors Who Need To Get Their Careers Back On Track

The careers of some of our favourite actors haven't been in the best shape lately, whether it's due to some bad movie choices or being stuck in the same role for too long.<p>Here we takes a look at eight movie stars whose careers need a jump start, and offers advice for how they can improve things in …

Movies

The Origins of the Post-Credits Scene

Post-Credits stingers have become a blockbuster staple. Where the heck did they come from?<p>Over the past decade, post-credits scenes have become a …

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10 box-office bombs from 2017<p>Morgan M. Evans<p>2017 was a great year for movies. Films such as “IT” and “Wonder Woman” broke box office records — “IT” …

Rekto:Verso | Nijntje: nostalgie met oren

Na Dick Bruna’s overlijden begin 2017 pakten Nederlandse bladen uit met eerbiedige en lovende necrologieën. Carel Peeters en Thomas de Veen schreven …

Who pays for Manchester City’s beautiful game?

It is considered ‘inappropriate’ to ask about the money behind Pep Guardiola’s team, and other leading clubs, but we should be asking the hard questions<p>Even though I come from the red side of Manchester, I want Manchester City to win every game they play now. Hoping City fail is like hoping a great …

Everything wrong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi

<i>Warning: contains spoilers</i><p>Along with millions of other Star Wars diehards around the world last week I excitedly donned 3D glasses, crammed my mouth with popcorn and sat down to The Last Jedi – confident I was about to witness a thrilling new chapter in a saga woven into the tapestry of my …

The Smurfette Principle: why can’t Hollywood accept gender equality?

As Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and It show, the problematic trope of token girls in all-male gangs endures<p>It has been a good year for women in cinema in many ways, with a high count of quality female-made and female-led movies, and the removal of an echelon of sexual predators from the industry. …

The best comics of 2017

Escapism has long been a driving tenet of comic books, but as the medium has evolved, creators have started to see the value of comics as tools to …

The top 100 tracks of 2017

In the year the album’s power eroded, we collate the 100 best songs of 2017 as voted for by Guardian critics – and put them in a giant playlist<p>Many listeners are still in love with the album: a piece of work that allows a musician to fully sketch out their current worldview. And we’ll be counting …

Why don’t archivists digitize everything?

Today on the blog we’re tackling one of our most frequently asked questions: “Why don’t you digitize everything?” and its related runner-up, “When …