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Jason Bailey

  1. vulture reports
    The Stop-motion Animation Studio That Created Coraline Is Still Toiling AwayIt takes Laika animators a week to produce 4.3 seconds of footage. Even in the age of Pixar, the “necromantic” company says Missing Link is worth it.
  2. deep dives
    A Guide to the References and Easter Eggs in Jordan Peele’s UsEven the throwaway minutiae of Us warrants pause, deliberation, and some attempt at analysis.
  3. movies
    The Story of Hands Across America, the Failed Fundraiser in Jordan Peele’s UsHow a sweaty attempt at ’80s activism made its way into a horror movie.
  4. christmas horror
    How Silent Night, Deadly Night Inflamed a NationIn 1984, a grimy Santa slasher movie raised the ire of parents and film critics, scaring a multimedia conglomerate into pulling it from theaters.
  5. vulture lists
    A Look Back at Penny Marshall’s Best Film and TV WorkFrom Laverne & Shirley to The Preacher’s Wife.
  6. movies
    The Most Nicolas Cage Moments From Nicolas Cage’s Master ClassThe infinitely meme-able actor on taking risks, working with David Lynch, and going for “that Super 8 feeling.”
  7. deep dives
    A Brief History of the X RatingFor a brief but potent period, moviemakers were able to make legitimate movies that were sexy and dangerous. It was good while it lasted.
  8. pam grier
    Pam Grier on Orgasms in Your 60s, Jackie Brown, and What’s Next“You try to have an orgasm at my age? It’s seven hours! It’s gonna hurt, to your teeth!”
  9. chat room
    Martin Starr on Freaks and Geeks and the ‘Bummer’ of Leading Roles“I don’t love the attention [of a leading role]. I don’t know if you can tell! I like just being able to pop in and pop out.”
  10. halloween
    Every Easter Egg in the New HalloweenHalloween is peppered with references to its predecessor: visual homages, character callbacks, and inside jokes, some obvious and some nearly buried.
  11. vulture lists
    Every Movie in the Halloween Franchise, RankedFrom John Carpenter’s original Halloween to David Gordon Green’s latest entry.
  12. deep dives
    The Story Behind the Original HalloweenHow John Carpenter crafted a film that transcended its meager roots to become a game-changer in the horror genre.
  13. movies
    A Brief History of Pulp Fiction KnockoffsPulp Fiction prompted its own cinematic formula, inspiring the likes of this weekend’s Bad Times at the El Royale, Boondock Saints, and more.
  14. vulture lists
    Every Episode of Sports Night, RankedAaron Sorkin’s first TV show turns 20.
  15. vulture lists
    The 10 Best Mission: Impossible Action Sequences, RankedIn advance of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, we look at the most death-defying set pieces in Tom Cruise’s never-ending franchise.
  16. movies
    How Die Hard Changed the Action GameThey said an overpaid TV comedy actor didn’t stand a chance against Stallone, Schwarzenegger, and Eastwood. They were wrong.
  17. Susan Seidelman on Madonna, Roseanne, and Her Punk Classic SmithereensSeidelman talks directing two of the great New York movies of the ‘80s — Smithereens and Desperately Seeking Susan.
  18. deep dives
    How Coming to America Flipped the Script on Eddie Murphy’s CareerThe film would influence so much of what Murphy did in the years to follow — and continue to have a hold on contemporary audiences.
  19. How Big Beat the Odds to Become One of the Most Beloved Movies of the ’80sNobody expected much from Tom Hanks’s 1988 film — and yet Big became the third-biggest hit of the season.
  20. Revisiting the Controversy Surrounding Scarface“I told Marty, and Marty said, ‘We’ll go to war with these people.’ And that’s what we did.”