The Shape of Water offers a clever allegory to Donald’s Trump’s presidency, with Michael Shannon’s character (on the left) representing some of the president’s worst qualities.
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Not everyone can escape to the ocean's depths to avoid the Trump presidency, but we can escape to the movies. 'The Shape of Water' reminds audiences of the humanity of those who are marginalized.
Previous plans to adapt
Blood Meridian had envisioned casting Vincent D'Onofrio as “judge Holden.”
Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy’s famous novel, may be unfilmable – not because of its gruesome violent tale of U.S. imperialism in the Southwest, but because its religious vision is terrifying.
In ‘Three Wise Girls’ (1932), Cassie (Jean Harlow) has to fend off her handsy boss.
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Scores of Depression-era films depicted a pattern of sexual harassment that sounds all too familiar.
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Only recently did it come to represent the dream of fame.
Some of Hollywood’s greatest movies have never won an Academy Award. But there’s an indication that critically acclaimed movies are now being recognized with Oscar nominations.
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Throughout its history, the Academy Awards has picked some questionable winning films. But there are signs the Oscars are more often recognizing quality filmmaking.
Moviegoers familiarize themselves with the joystick that will allow them to interact with the film ‘I’m Your Man’ during its premiere on Dec. 16, 1992.
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Sound, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These inventions decidedly did not.
King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius.
Seeing black lead characters who are accomplished scientists could be just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
Vicky Krieps and Daniel Day Lewis in Phantom Thread.
Daniel Day Lewis makes his last appearance in Phantom Thread as master of a fashion house disturbed by his relationship with a waitress.
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Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul opened a 'Sleepcinemahotel' where audiences let their subconscious minds watch his movies as they fell asleep.
Onlookers watch missiles launch in the 1983 made-for-TV film ‘The Day After.’
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In 1983, a made-for-TV film about the consequences of nuclear war was watched by 100 million people – and became a cultural lightning rod.
DeWanda Wise in She’s Gotta Have it on Netflix.
Spike Lee's updated his breakthrough movie, She's Gotta Have It, and made a more political drama for the times.
Tommy Wiseau clutches a football in ‘The Room,’ the 2003 film he wrote, produced and starred in.
Sometimes a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of nature.
Do we really want one conglomerate to control so much of the media landscape?
Disney's veneer of innocence shouldn't distract people from recognizing the danger of giving one conglomerate the power to control so much information.
Actor Mark Hammill reemerged in ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi.’
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Why did most fans shun the prequel series, but embrace the recent spate of 'Star Wars' films? A recent study offers some clues.
‘I don’t care what they say about me,’ P.T. Barnum once said, ‘as long as they spell my name correctly.’
The new movie about P.T. Barnum couldn’t come at a better time: It's impossible not to see his ghost in our culture, in our advertisements and in our president.
Actress Viola Davis focused her speech at
the 2015 Emmy Awards on diversity, saying ‘The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.’
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An analysis of more than 800 top-grossing films suggests diverse movies struggle in front of international audiences.
For decades, novels have implored readers to look beyond the glamour and riches.
In their novels, Nathanael West and Bret Easton Ellis depict a world few want to admit exists, a place where 'Unless you're willing to do some pretty awful things, it's hard getting a job.'
The Justice League should be a sum of its parts but the question remains: Who is the protagonist? From left: Cyborg, Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman.
The reviews are coming in pretty harsh for Justice League. If Superman is awesome and Batman is awesome and Wonder Woman is awesome, shouldn’t the three of them together be thrice as awesome?
This is what it's like going to the cinema when you can’t see the screen.
Movies from the “neo-noir” genre offer a darker and bleaker vision of the city, in stark contrast to the world of the TV sit-com.
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Movies often portray the city as a dystopia, particularly in the 'neo-noir' genre, which explores postmodern themes. TV shows and ads present an altogether sunnier picture of life in the city.