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Exploring the Enchantress at the Center of ‘Loki’

Marvel Explained is our new ongoing series where we delve into the latest Marvel shows, movies, trailers, and news stories to divine the franchise’s future. In this entry, we explore Loki Episode 3 (“Lamentis”) and examine how the Loki variant Sylvie is more than an Enchantress. Yes, prepare for SPOILERS. Part of you must feel sorry for the Time...

The Sitcom Purgatory of Don Hertzfeldt’s ‘Simpsons’ Couch Gag

Welcome to The Queue — your daily distraction of curated video content sourced from across the web. Today, we’re watching a video essay on Don Hertzfeldt’s trippy, heartbreaking couch gag on The Simpsons. If the work of animator Don Hertzfeldt could scream, we’d like to think it would. Hertzfeldt’s films are pointedly interested in the kind of existential...

Shot by Shot with the ‘Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins’ Trailer

Welcome to Shot by Shot, our ongoing series of movie trailer breakdowns. We’re constantly scouring for perfect shots, and in this column, we share our favorites and discuss them. In this entry, we go behind the mask and uncover the secrets hiding within the Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins trailer. If there was ever a mark for a G.I. Joe movie, it was...

The ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise, Ranked From Least Best to Best

Over the last twenty years, the Fast and Furious movies have covered a lot of literal and metaphorical ground. The series has delivered everything from DVD player thievery to submarine battles. We’ve seen characters come and go and then come back, in a winding and unpredictable timeline. Along the way, there’s been a hell of a lot of chrome and a consistent...

A Brief History of Steven Spielberg and Netflix

Brief History is a column that tells you all you need to know about your favorite — and not so favorite — pop culture topics. This entry looks at the now-former feud between Steven Spielberg and Netflix. Another titan of New Hollywood has succumbed to the streaming Sirens. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Steven Spielberg and his...

24 Things We Learned from Bob Odenkirk’s ‘Nobody’ Commentary

Welcome to Commentary Commentary, where we sit and listen to filmmakers talk about their work, then share the most interesting parts. In this edition, Rob Hunter listens to the star and director of one of 2021’s best action films. 2021 has been an odd year, albeit one a bit more manageable than 2020, but highlights remain when it comes to movies....

The Unsettling Appeal of ‘Dementia’

Beyond the Classics is a recurring column in which Emily Kubincanek highlights lesser-known old movies and examines what makes them memorable. In this installment, she takes a stab at describing the unsettling appeal of John Parker’s Dementia, an experimental horror movie from 1955. If the name John Parker doesn’t ring a bell, that’s probably because...

13 Movies to Watch if You Like ‘The Fast and the Furious’

Welcome to Beat the Algorithm — a recurring column dedicated to providing you with relevant and diverse streaming recommendations based on your favorite movies. Today, we’re hitting the NOS and recommending 13 high-octane thrill rides for fans of 2001’s ‘The Fast and The Furious.’ Over the last two decades, The Fast and Furious franchise has (pretty...

Topping the Charts Can’t Protect ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ from the Truth

Welcome to our weekly box office report, which we do a little differently. Rather than focusing on the money, FSR senior editor Christopher Campbell is more interested in the estimated attendance — or number of tickets sold. Because the value of money changes over the years, but the value of actual moviegoers remains the same. This week, we look at...

The Hilariously Painful Pre-Teen Mirror of ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’

Welcome to The Queue — your daily distraction of curated video content sourced from across the web. Today, we’re watching a video essay on the unique pre-adolescent despair of Welcome to the Dollhouse. Because there are an infinite amount of ways to grow up, there are an infinite amount of ways to approach a coming-of-age film. Horror is a visceral...

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