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The older I get, the more I’m struck by the realization that being an “adult” doesn’t mean you’re suddenly imbued with maturity and general confidence and know-how, that being of a certain age doesn’t mean that everything falls into place the way like it did for what seemed like every adult you knew growing up. Every vision we have of what it means to come of age, to become an adult, is derived from some kind of exterior model, of an amalgamation of societal expectations...
The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) reported an estimated 147 percent spike above normal call volumes to their national hotline aimed at helping survivors of sexual assault during the Kavanaugh trail. Since the presidential election of 2016, the news has been overwhelmed with stories about sexual assault. As we have finally started to come terms with the once-hidden prevalence of sexual assault in our society, it is equally as important that we start to understand the true effects of these acts. Filmmaker Adinah Dancyger...
The Long Dumb Road Co-written and directed by Hannah FidellOut November 16        Generations collide in this road trip comedy directed and co-written by Hannah Fidell. The Long Dumb Road centers on Nat (Tony Revolori), a recent high-school grad making his way from Austin, TX, to L.A., to study photography. His journey takes an unexpected turn, however, when his beat-up old van won’t start. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, Nat must accept help from Richard (Jason Mantzoukas), an impulsive, unreliable mechanic. Richard reveals that...
Whether they’re California vampires or a band of orphaned children captained by Peter Pan, lost boys are fallen and forever chasing. In The Lost Boys (1987), leather-clad Santa Carla vampires hunt their prey (while their prey hunts them). In J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, the lost boys become lost when they “fall out of their perambulators when the nurse is looking the other way,” and spend their subsequent years clinging to Peter. But where are the lost girls? “Girls,” Peter tells Wendy, “are much too clever to fall out of their...
There are still some people out there who think Timothée Chalamet is overrated, or a flash in the pan, or just some nobody that teens made a thing. I personally only associate with Timothée superfans (Chalamaniacs?) so I don’t know any of these people, but I know that they exist. If there’s any justice in the world, these people will see Beautiful Boy and then they will shut up forever.  Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, Beautiful Boy is based on the true story of Nic Sheff,...
At the beginning of 2019, a new rom-com will be released. It's called Isn’t It Romantic, and it stars actress and comedian Rebel Wilson as the lead. You might recognize Wilson from some of her other prominent roles in flicks such as Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, and Bachelorette. Isn’t It Romantic chronicles the story of Natalie, an architect living in New York City who is constantly overlooked, despite her ambition. After an experience getting mugged in the subway, Natalie passes out and wakes to find herself at the...
As premises for horror movies go, you absolutely cannot go wrong with “haunted ballet school run by witches.” It’s one reason why the original Suspiria, released in 1977, is such a classic, but it’s also why it’s hard to get mad at Luca Guadagnino for wanting to remake it. Even if you believe Dario Argento’s version is sacred, we’ll all benefit from a new addition to the witch ballet school genre, right?  Unfortunately, the answer is...sure. Don’t get me wrong—sure is fine. But sure is not...
Lena Dunham has established herself through writing that satirizes a specific sort of individual: self-absorbed, young, white. Her resume includes Tiny Furniture (recent white college graduate), Girls (twenty-ish white college graduates) and most recently, Camping (unpleasant white yuppies). Dunham's body of work makes Variety’s recent report all the more frustrating: Dunham has been tapped by Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to adapt Melissa Fleming’s Syrian refugee tale, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival. The book tells the...
First and foremost a musician and producer, Abra knew that if she was going to make a move away from music into film, it would have to be for a project she believed in on multiple levels. She found that in the recently-released Assassination Nation, in which Abra stars alongside Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, and Odessa Young. Written and directed by Sam Levinson, the movie centers around a group of four high school girls in in small, suburban Salem, Massachusetts. To boil it down fast, Salem residents'...
Award winning author Judy Blume, age 80, never felt compelled to pursue film adaptations of her timeless novels. That is until recently, when after nearly five decades, Blume agreed it was time to see her classic novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970) come to life on-screen. Writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig and producer James L. Brooks, who worked together on the 2016 film The Edge of Seventeen, will be adapting the novel with permission from Blume under production company Gracie Films. Blume will be a...