“The battle for Gotham’s soul.”
That’s how The Dark Knight’s Joker, dangling over the city, finally in Batman’s clutches, describes the havoc he’s wreaked. It could very well be the subtitle of the movie, about a crime-ridden city with obfuscated heroes, who are put through moral ringers at the behest of a clownish chaos agent.
"Grief is a mutation. It’s personal, physical, and it never goes away, only shifts in form as life forges on, nestled deep in your bodily crooks, quietly wreaking havoc. When it manifests, it is in shapes unknown; you are at the sudden behest of a foreign, lashing tongue, or muscles that will not cool, or a sharp cruelty you had no idea you could muster. It is, in some ways, a possession, and most families don’t make it through unscathed. Some crumble altogether."
"What makes a story timeless?"
The X-Files celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, which means 25 years of alien invasion subplots, horrifying monsters-of-the-week, and a lot of Mulder/Scully sexual tension. Here are some of the lesser-known episodes that deserve some love.
Keri Russell put in six years on The Americans, where she played a KGB spy who dons many disguises. Her versatility is an asset, which means she could fit in just about anywhere in the Star Wars universe.
"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.
Image credit: @heyjenbartel on Twitter.
"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."