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Keith Phipps

  1. behind the scenes
    How Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Brought Its Puppet-Filled World to LifeThe prequel’s sprawling vision of Thra is the result of old-fashioned puppetry, modern technological modifications, and, yes, a little bit of CG.
  2. vulture lists
    The 12 Best Shark Movies Since JawsThe subgenre has largely remained in Spielberg’s shadow, but it hasn’t lost its capacity to surprise.
  3. vulture lists
    The 20 Best Performances in Quentin Tarantino FilmsFeaturing Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.
  4. overnights
    Stranger Things Season Finale Recap: You Are Now Leaving Hawkins, IndianaThe Hawkins gang has saved the world — with some help from Satan’s Baby — but they’ve also paid the price.
  5. overnights
    Stranger Things Recap: F-L-A-Y in the U.S.A.For the Mind Flayer’s plan to work, it needs El off the board. She’s just too powerful.
  6. overnights
    Stranger Things Recap: On Some Faraway BeachBoth the Russians’ and the Mind Flayer’s time spent hiding underground is coming to an end.
  7. overnights
    Stranger Things Recap: Underneath the BunkerLooks like we now have a fully operational — and fantastically gross — Mind Flayer.
  8. overnights
    Stranger Things Recap: Code Red!As several simultaneous investigations edge into dangerous territory, it becomes clear the Upside Down isn’t done with Hawkins.
  9. overnights
    Stranger Things Recap: Boys vs. Girls vs. DemogorgonsUnderstanding between the sexes has had a serious breakdown, but that’s the least of the gang’s problems right now.
  10. easter eggs
    Every Pop-Culture Reference We Spotted in Stranger Things 3The 1980s cultural shoutouts go way beyond John Carpenter homages (though there are plenty of those, too).
  11. overnights
    Stranger Things Recap: Magnets, How Do They Work?Hawkins: a tough place for rodents, and an even tougher one for lifeguards.
  12. overnights
    Stranger Things Season Premiere Recap: Mall MadnessIn Hawkins, a blackout is never just a blackout — especially one that hits just before the scary part of a classic zombie film.
  13. overnights
    Good Omens Finale Recap: Apocalypse? Nah.A full-circle ending brings us back to where we started, and in the process makes the end of the world seem weirdly life-affirming.
  14. overnights
    Good Omens Recap: We Will Rock You?At the dawn of the apocalypse, seeming enemies see past their difference and the Antichrist decides to go his own way.
  15. overnights
    Good Omens Recap: Leaving Early to Avoid the RushWith Earth taking a hard turn toward the apocalyptic and Heaven and Hell both lining up for war, Crowley considers skedaddling.
  16. overnights
    Good Omens Recap: Have a Nice DoomsdayAn abbreviated history of Aziraphale and Crowley’s friendship highlights the foundation of Good Omens’s success: Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
  17. overnights
    Good Omens Recap: Sorry, Right NumberA crowded but satisfying episode introduces more of the many players will have a part in this end-times comedy of errors.
  18. overnights
    Good Omens Series-Premiere Recap: Apocalypse Now?The adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel begins its circuitous journey to the end of the world.
  19. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Season Finale Recap: When Do We Get to the Twilight Zone?“Blurryman” is a particularly clever episode with a superb fake-out.
  20. radiation vibe
    Chernobyl and Pop Culture’s Long History of Irradiated NightmaresFrom the start of the nuclear age, film and TV have served as both warning and coping mechanism to help us process the invisible terror of radiation.
  21. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Recap: GunshyThe discovery of a cursed weapon evokes some provocative ideas about guns that end up landing not with a bang but a shrug.
  22. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Recap: Not From Around HereAn unsubtle but effective episode builds to an ending that might feel too grim if it didn’t hit so uncomfortably close to home.
  23. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Recap: A Good Man Is Hard to FindOne of the best outings of the series so far amps up the everyday nightmares of male entitlement to their violent extremes.
  24. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Recap: Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in SpaceWhat at first seems like a pure psychodrama set on a long, arduous space voyage turns out to have been telling a different sort of story all along.
  25. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Recap: Kidmander-in-ChiefA facile stab at political satire strands an excellent cast in a sweaty episode that can’t decide if it wants to be scary or funny.
  26. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Recap: A Christmas StoryA fairly standard-issue premise is enlivened by tense direction from Ana Lily Amirpour and great performances by Greg Kinnear and Steven Yeun.
  27. chat room
    Sanaa Lathan on Finding an Emotional Arc Inside a Twilight Zone Loop“That’s the kind of challenge that I live for as an actor.”
  28. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Recap: If I Could Turn Back TimeThe best episode so far of the new Twilight Zone makes clear that it intends to continue the original series’ tradition of tackling tough issues.
  29. shazam!
    Before Shazam! Was a Big-budget Movie It Was an Extremely Odd TV Show for KidsThe live-action Saturday-morning series Shazam! ran for three strange seasons between 1974 and 1976.
  30. he's out there!
    How a Classic Twilight Zone Episode Became a Recurring ‘Nightmare’One of the series’ most acclaimed outings, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” created an indelible template that pop culture keeps coming back to.
  31. diane
    Mary Kay Place Waited Decades to Become a Movie Star. Diane Is Worth the Wait.“This was a miracle and I’m not expecting more than one.”
  32. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Recap: Who’s Laughing Now?We are now re-entering The Twilight Zone, alongside Kumail Nanjiani as a stand-up comedian who makes a Faustian bargain for laughs.
  33. overnights
    The Twilight Zone Recap: In-Flight EntertainmentThe new Twilight Zone takes an old Twilight Zone classic and moves it 10,000 feet higher, and in a decidedly different direction.
  34. vulture lists
    The 50 Best Spy Movies of All TimeFrom Hitchcock to Bourne, and beyond.
  35. vulture lists
    Every Star Trek Captain, Ranked by CompetencyWho would you want as your boss?
  36. vulture lists
    The Best Movies That Lost Best Picture at the OscarsA second look at 91 years of the Academy Awards, including this year’s Green Book win.
  37. overnights
    True Detective Season Finale Recap: Nobody’s Gonna Hear It But UsThe mystery draws to a close, then the episode just keeps going, a fitting end to a season as much about the investigators as their haunting case.
  38. lines of inquiry
    True Detecting True Detective: Let’s Lay Odds on Who the Killer IsWith just one episode left, the series has introduced a bunch of new characters, and with them, new possibilities.
  39. overnights
    True Detective Recap: Somebody’s Got to RememberThe season rebounds in a big way with an episode that perfectly balances the central mystery with impressive character work.
  40. overnights
    True Detective Recap: Under the PinkThe season’s central mystery has finally come a little more into focus, but there’s still a lot that doesn’t add up.
  41. movies
    How The Matrix Got MadeAs we approach the film’s 20th anniversary, here’s a timeline of how the pop-culture phenomenon came to be, and what happened next.
  42. overnights
    True Detective Recap: Hardships and TribulationsMid-season drag sets in with an episode that repeats much of what we’ve already seen — with one big exception.
  43. overnights
    The Passage Recap: In Dreams I Walk With YouIt’s looking increasingly likely that chaos will arrive at Project Noah sooner rather than later.
  44. overnights
    True Detective Recap: Major Cognitive DissonanceIs this season of True Detective’s fractured chronology working for it or against it?
  45. overnights
    The Passage Recap: Born to RunThe end of the world seems like it might have gotten a little bit closer.
  46. overnights
    True Detective Recap: Maps and LegendsThe central mystery of the Purcell abduction remains captivating, if increasingly bogged down by bits that don’t push the narrative forward.
  47. overnights
    The Passage Premiere Recap: Waiting for the End of the WorldThe best parts of this first episode find the series treating its limitations as a strength rather than a weakness.
  48. dog movies
    How Torturous Is A Dog’s Way Home for Animal Lovers?For certain people, A Dog’s Way Home might as well be a Saw sequel.
  49. overnights
    True Detective Recap: Into the WoodsThe Purcell case that will anchor this season begins simply enough — though this being True Detective, it doesn’t stay that way for long.
  50. guides
    10 Great Laurel and Hardy Movies to Watch Before Stan & OllieAnyone wanting to go back to the duo’s source material will have to do a little work — but you’ll find it’s as funny as it ever was.
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