Women look back: celebrating the advent of the modern neo-noir

This year, two films have renegotiated the terms between observers and observed in noir-tinged narratives, exploring the fight for female agency. Chloe Okuno’s Watcher is a tight thriller about a woman stalked by a man living across the street, a story that continuously challenges the relationship between subject and object. Park Chan-wook’s Decision To Leave […]

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George Clooney Teases Wife Amal About Giving Their Kids ‘A ‘Filthy’ Sense of Humor (Exclusive)

By Zach Seemayer, ETOnline.com. Published: 4 mins ago George Clooney and wife Amal Clooney are making sure their kids grow up with their core values — and their senses of humor. The superstar couple stunned on the red carpet at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday in Washington, D.C., where the Oscar-winner was one of […]

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Armageddon Time

James Gray interrogates his fraught childhood in Regan-era New York City in this masterful, unflinching drama. In a 1980 interview on televangelist Jim Bakker’s network, presidential candidate Ronald Regan claimed “We may be the generation that sees Armageddon.” He was referring to concerns over the threat of a nuclear war, but the phrase looms large […]

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How The Draughtsman’s Contract set the blueprint for the modern period piece

From The Favourite to Dickinson, anachronism has become a popular trope of the post-millennium period piece, where 18th-century Queen’s parties are soundtracked by New Order and wigged Whigs breakdance. Few films have had as profound an influence on this trend as Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract, bringing an abundance of absurdity into this once prim […]

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Who Is Sydney Johnson and Why Didn’t We Get to Know Him Sooner?

Sydney Johnson, the longtime valet to the Duke of Windsor, gets some deserved spotlight in The Crown‘s fifth season after making his (silent) first appearance in season 3. Played by Joshua Kekana in his youth and Jude Akuwudike as an older man, Johnson is featured in season 5, episode 3 as he is hired by […]

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