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‘The Square’ is Provocative Art About Provocative Art

“The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring,” reads the plaque. “Within it, we all have equal rights and obligations.” The Square is cut out of the brick in front of the X-Royal, a museum of modern and contemporary art in Stockholm – a museum that sits nearly empty most days, and only really […]

10 Classic Horror Movies You Can Watch Right Now

Don’t look now, but Halloween is less than a week away. I know! So it’s time to fill up your queue with scary movies, warm up some hot chocolate, and scare the bejesus out of yourself. And the subscription streaming services are loaded with recent horror movies – good luck sifting through all of those, […]

Watch Baz Luhrmann’s New Short Film for H&M, Scored by Years & Years

Baz Luhrmann, one of our foremost creators of pretty, empty things, has landed on his perfect gig: an extended commercial for a clothing line. “The Secret Life of Flowers” is a short film created by the Australian filmmaker for H&M’s new collaboration with London-based ready-to-wear brand Erdem. The four-minute clip echoes not only Luhrmann’s Great […]

Here’s the First Trailer For Netflix’s New Western Series ‘Godless’

If you zone out during the opening credits, Scott Frank is one of those names you may not know – but he’s responsible for a whole lot of the past quarter century or so’s truly excellent stuff. He wrote the wonderful nutty Dead Again, penned Malice with Aaron Sorkin, adapted Minority Report for Steven Spielberg, […]

“This Dance Has Been Ongoing”: Singer and ‘Twin Peaks’ Actress Chrysta Bell on Working with David Lynch, Her New Album ‘We Dissolve,’ and Nurturing the Imagination

“Sometimes delirium is good,” singer Chrysta Bell tells me. The Twin Peaks actress and longtime David Lynch collaborator, who made two albums with the filmmaker (and wrote a song with him the first day they met), is talking about the hazy space between sleep and wakefulness. It’s a topic perfectly suited to her appearance on […]

New York’s Attorney General is Investigating the Weinstein Company

As we’ve noted previously, the least believable element of the entire Harvey Weinstein scandal is the Weinstein Company’s bullshit narrative that they all had no idea the scumbag running the company was a sexual predator, and the rest of the board (including said scumbag’s own brother) were all entirely unaware of this culture of sexual […]

You Can Buy the Original (Subtly Different!) Lyric Sheet for David Bowie’s ‘Starman’

The original lyric sheet for David Bowie’s “Starman” is going up for auction in Los Angeles next month, and – bonus – it’s a first draft, with earlier variations on the iconic 1972 song’s verses. For example, the eventual line “Some cat was layin’ down some get it on rock ‘n’ roll, he said” originally […]

The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Personal Shopper’

This week’s home movie viewing options are nicely varied: we’ve got a new documentary and a couple-of-years-old comedy on Netflix, a summer blockbuster and a spring art film on Blu-ray, a new rock-doc on DVD, and an HD upgrade for a particularly strong early-‘90s indie. ON NETFLIX One of Us: Documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel […]

A First Look At Documentary ‘Cinema Through The Eye Of Magnum,’ Now Available on FilmStruck

Last week, we told you about the new documentary Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum, which airs exclusively on the cinema lovers’ favorite streaming service FilmStruck. The movie spotlights the photo service’s incredible on-set photography, which includes now famous images of icons like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Elizabeth Taylor. Film reporter Alicia Malone narrates […]

Hilarious Twitter Account ‘Tabloid Art History’ Matches Pop Culture Pics with Art History References

Everything old is new again. Twitter account Tabloid Art History has been around since November 2016, but we recently spotted a story on AV Club that made us scope out the account’s latest offerings — and they are good. If your life is incomplete without tabloid news and you worship at the altar of LiLo, […]

Listen to the ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Soundtrack, Plus New Series Poster

With less than a week until the season premiere on Netflix, a Spotify streaming playlist of the new Stranger Things season 2 soundtrack has arrived. “In Season 2 we’re introducing new styles of composition, while still revisiting old themes when appropriate,” S U R V I V E members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein told […]

‘The Deuce’ Episode 7 Recap: “Au Reservoir”

Throughout this entire first season of The Deuce, I’ve been struck by the frequency with which Simon, Pelecanos, and their writers have turned narrative expectation inside out. It’s been such a key component in the show’s modus operandi, in fact, that it feels like something they determined from the jump, in some kind of all-hands-on-deck […]

New Magnum Photos Documentary Looks at the Iconic Images Behind the Scenes of Cinema

Photography is an essential element of cinema. Some cineastes are as passionate about the still frames capturing beloved movies as they are about the movies themselves. FilmStruck is highlighting some of those iconic photos in the documentary Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum, which recently screened at the Telluride Film Festival, and is now playing exclusively […]

Trailer Debut: Jean Renoir’s Forgotten Masterpiece, ‘The Crime of Monsieur Lange’

Few filmmakers in all of movie history have had the kind of run Jean Renoir had in the 1930s, crafting a series of enduring masterpieces that included La Chienne, Boudou Saved from Drowning, The Human Beast, and two of the greatest films anybody ever made, Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game. He was […]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

It’s the end of an era in Southern California. Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, will perform her final stage show this season at the 160-acre amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm. The Queen of Halloween has performed a live show at the venue almost every year since 1983. The Mistress of the Dark is back […]

The Best Monty Python Fan Art Online

Alert, New York lovers of all things silly: today, the Quad Cinema kicks off “The Ministry of Silly Films: Monty Python and Beyond,” a week-long retrospective dedicated to the movies of the iconic British comedy team. It includes all four of the official, full-troupe Python pictures, plus eight more that feature at least two members […]

“Horror Has Always Been Around”: Robert Englund on ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ Playing Bad Guys the Right Way, and His New Movie ‘Nightworld’

I’m talking about bookstores in LA with actor Robert Englund after he picks up the phone for our interview. “Are you a big reader?” I ask him. “If I wasn’t an actor, I’d probably be teaching contemporary literature somewhere.” It’s not what you’d expect from the Nightmare on Elm Street star who played the terrifying […]

Watch Killer Mike’s One-Verse Cameo on Last Night’s ‘South Park’

Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike is an outspoken critic of mass incarceration, and last night he took his crusade to an unexpected location: an episode of South Park. This week’s episode, titled “Hummels and Heroin,” addresses both the criminal justice system and the opioid crisis, albeit through the satirical lens of the Colorado town’s Shady […]

Here’s the First Trailer For Louis C.K.’s Extremely Well-Timed ‘I Love You, Daddy’

When I Love You, Daddy, Louis C.K.’s low-budget feature-length comedy (his first since 2001’s Pootie Tang) premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, the reception was decidedly mixed, and for good reason – it’s a thinly-veiled meditation on his hero and Blue Jasmine collaborator Woody Allen, with C.K. as a high-powered television producer […]

Todd Haynes’s ‘Wonderstruck’ is a Charmingly Family-Friendly Return to Familiar Themes

The stories begin in two different places, at two different times, with two different people. Little Ben (Oakes Fegley) lives in Gunflint, Michigan, in 1977; his mother (Michelle Williams) died recently, but he’s still haunted by her memory, visions of her smoking and reading after he went to bed, with Bowie on the phonograph, refusing […]

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