"I love Star Wars. In our current defensive, insular fandom climate, that’s a contentious thing to admit. But I love it still, and I love its fans, and I love the warmth the movies – all of them, even the bad ones – give me, and have always given me, and will continue to give me forevermore. But the fandom is broken, and we need to talk about it."
"At the center of this whirling controversy is Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who many fans unfairly blame for all the franchise's perceived failures and want gone. But she's done nothing to warrant this level of abuse. Disney should keep her around."
*This story contains spoilers for the movie Hereditary, and discusses the ending in detail.*
"I had my reservations about Solo: A Star Wars Story, but was excited to see what it might do with its troupe of new female characters. Qi’ra, L3-37 (the first female droid with a major role in Star Wars history), Val. The marketing made them look distinctly impressive, with new energies to bring to what could otherwise be a very male-heavy narrative. Unfortunately, with some minor exceptions, I was largely disappointed by the treatment of these characters, their roles in the universe, and the larger implications of what it means when Star Wars films are only ever written and directed by men."
"The series finale of The Americans was always going to be bittersweet. For 75 episodes spread over six seasons, the FX show did its best to avoid television convention, favoring methodical and realistic storytelling over spectacle and fan service."
Actress Kelly Marie Tran left Instagram after a barrage of racist, sexist insults directed at her posts. As a response, one group of fans created the hashtag #FanArtForRose to celebrate the character.
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"As recently as a decade ago, the idea of yearly Star Wars films might have set fans' hearts ablaze. But now, less than three full years into Disney-era Lucasfilm, that prospect is a nagging, seemingly endless taunt for some corners of fandom. The middling box office receipts for Solo: A Star Wars Story -- which made $103 million domestically, though it was initially projected to make $150 million -- show that moviegoers might be growing tired of the galaxy far, far away."
"Netflix is no stranger to true-crime docuseries: In the last few years, the streaming service has gone on a true-crime spree of buzz-worthy shows, beginning with Making a Murderer to this year's cult saga Wild, Wild Country. Now, it's tackling a crime that's profound in its unnecessary complexity, the story of a bomb, a bank, a scavenger hunt, and the maniacal woman who machinated it all."
"Like a trusty friend in your phone, podcasts are always there when you need them. There’s something joyous about timing your weekly routine around the release of new episodes, and about sticking in your headphones -- at work, at the gym, as you cook dinner -- and giving in to someone else’s story."
"The Marvel Cinematic Universe is, at best, a series of intricately laced human stories amplified and filtered through the lens of absolute power. At worst, it is a series that never hits the emotional highs and lows of its characters, favoring spectacle and applause over the metrics of human condition."
"A man with an obscured face goes through his morning routine: First, he puts a record on, then he makes his breakfast, and after that exercises on his stationary bike. The setting feels off; his home decor is retro, he’s totally alone, there is an eeriness to some of his actions.
This describes the opening sequence of the latest episode of Westworld, but it could also be said for the season two opener of Lost."
An explainer on what these two mysterious characters have in common.
"Mercury 13, sheds light on the first women to be trained for potential space flight. Though they never made it to the stars, their individual journeys broke barriers despite the discrimination that ran rampant in the fields of aviation and space travel. At long last, their stories are being told."
FX's Legion finally added some depth to its mystifying and distant female lead.