Season 1, Episode 6, “Just Jen”

Tatiana Maslany Photo: Courtesy of Marvel Studios Well, they faked us out, didn’t they? After a tantalizing glimpse at Daredevil’s new helmet in the last episode, this episode has not even a hint of Matt Murdock. That’s a risky game to play with Marvel fans, but the show is, at least, self-aware that it’s thwarting … Read more

Lena Dunham Nails YA Adaptation

Andrew Scott and Bella Ramsey star in Lena Dunham’s Catherine Called BirdyPhoto: Prime Video For those of you who have given up on Lena Dunham, no one can say you don’t have your reasons. Whether it’s because of her groundbreaking HBO series, Girls, ended in 2017, or she’s been suffering through a bout of creative … Read more

Netflix limited series feels stagnant

Thai Cave RescuePhoto: Netflix There’s something about a kid in a well. Even if you don’t have registered memory of the 1987 “Baby Jessica” ordeal— with its endless CNN coverage, commentary from President Reagan, a Pulitzer for photography for the rescue coverage, an ABC movie starring Beau Bridges, and the Regis and Kathie Lee interview—somebody … Read more

Season 2, Episode 1, “Development Day”

Tyler James Williams and Janelle JamesPhoto: ABC/Scott Everett White “I am just so happy to be back!” Janine Teagues (Quinta Brunson) squeals in the opening scene of Abbott Elementary‘s second season. Janine is excited to get into the classroom again and prove she has it all together this year (and for her colleagues to notice … Read more

A review of Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson in Meet Cute

Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson in Meet CuteImage: MKI Distribution Services / Peacock The first day at any “introduction to screenwriting” class worth its salt hammers one thing home: your story won’t connect with an audience if your lead characters don’t want anything. Yes, yes, rules are made to be broken, and experimental art is … Read more

How X And ​​Pearl Challenge America’s Moral History

(From left) Mia Goth as Maxine Minx in Ti West’s X; Goth as Pearl in Ti West’s Pearl.Image: Todd Gilchrist/A24; A24 When it comes to horror there’s a certain obsession with revisiting the stylistic choices of the past, particularly the ’70s and ’80s, when so many of the movies that became foundational entries for horror … Read more

Writer’s Block Becomes A Palpable Fear

Heida Reed as Rita in Natalie Kennedy’s Blank.Photo: Brainstorm Media For a writer, there are few things more intimidating than the blank page. Creativity at its best comes organically, but books and articles live on deadlines, with a specified amount of copy required by a certain date. It’s this anxiety that’s at the heart of … Read more

Dig Movie Review: A Cartoonishly Improbable Thriller

Thomas Jane as Scott Brennan in K. Asher Levin’s Dig.Photo: Lionsgate If the goal of Dig is to make us feel any kind of sympathy for Scott Brennan (Thomas Jane), the kind of caricatured country dad who’d go looking for his out-past-curfew daughter in a desert honky-tonk while wielding a giant mallet, it gets off … Read more

Moonage Daydream’s Brett Morgen on being a student of Bowie

Brett Morgen Image: NEON, Photo: LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images After seven years spent digging into archives, searching through mounds of recordings, and viewing untold hours of footage, Brett Morgen managed to pull together the dazzling Moonage Daydream—the first and only film about David Bowie to be approved by the late artist’s estate. Despite its … Read more

Lou Reed’s Words & Music, May 1965 featuring John Cale

Lou ReedPhoto: Julian Schnabel (Courtesy of Light in the Attic) According to the liner notes by Don Fleming and Jason Stern, archivists at the Lou Reed Archives, the demo tape featured on Words & Music, May 1965—the inaugural volume in a series of archival releases on the boutique reissue imprint Light in the Attic—sat behind … Read more