Lena Dunham: “It was like we were all getting PhDs in Medieval history”

The filmmaker, writer and actress talks about the long journey to adapt the medieval coming-of-age dramedy Catherine, Called Birdy for the big screen. Lena Dunham made her directorial debut in 2010 with Tiny Furniture before going on to helm one of the defining TV shows of the last decade. Five years after Girls concluded its […]

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In Praise of Eastern Promises

Combining writer/director David Cronenberg’s penchant for body horror with questions around justified violence and secretive subcultures, Eastern Promises offers an unflinching glimpse into the seedy underbelly of London’s Russian mafia. After a pregnant teenager dies while giving birth, British-Russian midwife Anna (Naomi Watts) goes in search of her family, but soon discovers that the girl […]

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House of the Dragon Episode 3 Recap: A Prize to Be Won

Spoilers below. Targaryens might come from a long line of warriors, but not all of them seem so comfortable with the nastiness of bloodshed. Episode 3 of House of the Dragon is largely about brutality, and the manner in which various members of House Targaryen wield it. At different points throughout “Second of His Name,” […]

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Still Haunted by That Birth Scene on House of the Dragon? Same.

Spoilers ahead. On Sunday night, House of the Dragon depicted one of the more disturbing scenes in Game of Thrones history: a bloody medieval C-section that ended in the mother’s death. This fantasy franchise is known for pushing the limits of what can be shown on television, and it certainly hasn’t shied away from portraying […]

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Prey

A lean monster-slasher B-movie set in the Predator universe that’s a highlight of an extremely patchy franchise. There’s a school of thought that believes Hollywood’s modern predilection for always chasing the big money has been at the expense of tight little genre b-movies or mid-budget, adult-oriented fare. Now, with streaming a culturally dominant force, the […]

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