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What We Lose When Music Divas Become Movie Stars

 When pop stars turn to film, they’re at the whims of mostly male directors who squander their visionary talent.

“Yellowjackets” and the Disturbing Reality of Social Contract

With Yellowjackets, the so-called “puzzle-box show” achieves a kind of maturity by doing away with the conspiratorially furrowed brow of the masculine heroes who are obsessed with, and eventually resolve, whatever metaphysical conundrum that has made life unlivable. Read more »

13 Shows and Movies We Loved in 2021

From the unexpected buzz around Squid Game’s horrifying meditation on the problem of debt in South Korea to the catharsis of Mayday’s feminist revenge. Read more »

9 Shows and Movies We Hated in 2021

These are some of the biggest disappointments we saw this year. Read more »

Please, Take the Blue Pill: "The Matrix Resurrections" Review

Down the rabbit hole goes Thomas Anderson and so, therefore, must we, into “The Matrix Resurrections.” Read more »

Web of Cries: “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Opens up the Multiverse to Explore Grief

Spider-Man: No Way Home shows that—no matter what magic or powers you have—grief impacts us all. Read more »

“Harlem” Could’ve Offered Escapism. Instead, its Black Characters Are Woefully Unoriginal

The new show makes confusing choices that deliver woefully unoriginal Black characters.  Read more »

Femme Fatale: The Allure of the “House of Gucci” Antiheroine

This story is not about the downfall of magnificent men, it’s about the tragedy of a woman who flew too close to the sun. Read more »

Feminist-ish: The “Cool” Asian Hair Streak Trope

In its most egregious examples, the “cool” Asian hair streak trope is used to camouflage underwritten characters who lack personality.  Read more »

Man Down: "The Power Of the Dog" Is a Brutal Meditation on Masculinity

Jane Campion’s new film explores what makes a man, and what traps him. Read more »

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One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... Read more »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

Saying Goodbye to Maria and the End of a Sesame Street Era

Growing up, Sesame Street's Maria was one of the best Latina role models I had. Read more »

"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »