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  1. deep dives
    RAD Is Back. Wait, What’s RAD?Nobody saw the 1986 movie about a hometown BMX hero directed by Hal Needham and produced by Jack Schwartzman. Well, almost nobody.
  2. deep dives
    The Women of Relic Will Bring You to TearsPersonal pain is woven into the year’s most despairing and disturbing horror movie yet.
  3. deep dives
    Watching Da 5 Bloods in SaigonNetflix subscribers in Vietnam describe their experiences watching Spike Lee’s latest movie about the American war.
  4. movies
    The (Fake) Songs of SummerHow the surprisingly convincing faux pop tunes of the Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga got made.
  5. movies
    Spike Lee’s Forever WarHow the Vietnam War epic Da 5 Bloods became one of the most ambitious films of his career.
  6. marky mark
    Someone Please Tell Mark Wahlberg He’s a Good ActorI realize the world has other, far more important things on its mind, but I need to get something off my chest: I’m worried about Mark Wahlberg.
  7. deep dives
    Untangling the Politics of The Hunt With Damon Lindelof and Nick CuseA talk about wokeness, bubbles, and conspiracy theories.
  8. deep dives
    All the Easter Eggs and Hidden References in Sonic the HedgehogFrom Badniks to the Green Hill Zone.
  9. deep dives
    All the Easter Eggs and Hidden References in Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerFrom a punctuation mark we don’t often see to a John Williams tune we don’t often hear.
  10. deep dives
    A Close Reading of the Olsen Twins’ Ashley Benson Birthday VideoIt is worthy of Zapruder-level analysis.
  11. the gold rush
    Bombshell Director Says Minidress Scene Is Most Excruciating Thing He’s Filmed“There were good arguments about how disturbing Roger’s breathing [should] be,” says Jay Roach. “I wanted the breathing to be unmistakably monstrous.”
  12. sad eyes
    ‘There Was Sadness in the Eyes’: The Story Behind Uncut Gems’ Bedazzled FurbyJosh and Benny Safdie demanded one thing: those sad eyes had to move.
  13. deep dives
    What Mister Rogers Can Teach Us About Gen X and the Generational DivideXers were more impacted by Fred Rogers than any other generation. What he taught them helps explain who they became.
  14. the real story
    Who’s Who in The Irishman: A Character GuideThe most fascinating mobsters and significant bystanders in Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie, explained.
  15. deep dives
    Class Warfare Is All the Rage at the MoviesInequality ire isn’t a theme unique to Knives Out — it’s an undercurrent running through a slew of this season’s movies, from Hustlers to Parasite.
  16. role call
    Devon Sawa Answers Every Question We Have About Now and ThenAnd Christina Ricci, and that butt scene, and the sexual awakening of an entire generation.
  17. deep dives
    The Discomforting Legacy of Wendy TorranceShelley Duvall’s performance in The Shining is just one of the many bold, perplexing aspects of Stanley Kubrick’s beloved adaptation.
  18. briefcases
    Why Watchmen Turned Laurie Into a Comedian, and Gave Her That Big Blue DildoJean Smart’s FBI agent is a key character from the graphic novel in a very different position.
  19. the politics of fiction
    Who Gave You the Right to Tell That Story?Ten authors on the most divisive question in fiction, and the times they wrote outside their own identities.
  20. how mysterious!
    All the Mystery-Writing Insight and Advice You Could Ever NeedThe 12 stories featured in our How Mysterious! series serve as an online university* for budding crime writers. (*Unaccredited)
  21. backstories
    How Hustlers Pulled Off the Meta Cameo of the YearHow the film’s producers (and Jennifer Lopez) convinced a music superstar to show up in Hustlers — and 200 extras to stay quiet while it happened.
  22. fall preview 2019
    The Hustle Behind HustlersHow do you get a film about rich white men getting scammed made in an industry run by rich white men? First step: Get J.Lo to sign on.
  23. deep dives
    Quentin Tarantino’s Music Supervisor on 9 Memorable Song SelectionsFrom Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” to the James Brown–Tupac Shakur mash-up in Django Unchained.
  24. i'm not tony stark
    ‘With a Box of Scraps!’: How an Iconic Marvel Cinematic Insult Came to BeSpider-Man: Far From Home actor Peter Billingsley (of A Christmas Story fame) explains what it was like to get screamed at by a shaved Jeff Bridges.
  25. deep dives
    Tracing the Career Arc of Donald Glover, a Bonafide Quintuple ThreatThe actor, writer, comedian, rapper, and showrunner plays Simba in the live-action remake of The Lion King. Here’s what came before that.
  26. deep dives
    They Were the First All-Women Crew to Conquer the Ocean. Then They Came Home.A new documentary tells the grueling story of a female yacht crew that exploded barriers at sea. Here’s what happened when they stepped back on land.
  27. behind the scenes
    The True Story Behind John Early and Kate Berlant’s Freaky Short RachelThe comedians share the bizarre true story behind their new short about a mysterious woman who crashes Early’s party.
  28. remember that time
    An Oral History of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Perfect Men in Black PerformanceTwo words: sugar water.
  29. set visits
    Veep Is Over. Is America Next?A behind-the-scenes look at the series finale.
  30. avengers: endgame
    Nothing Is More Mystifying Than Avengers: Endgame’s Insane Credit SequenceOne woman’s descent into Marvel’s madness.
  31. the file
    Who Is Ariana Grande, Really? A Quick Catch-up.In less than six years, she has become one of the most successful pop artists of all time. Who is she?
  32. deep dives
    How Netflix’s Mötley Crüe Movie Compares to the Band’s Wild Memoir, The DirtThe film version involves Pete Davidson, Machine Gun Kelly, and that time Ozzy Osbourne licked up his own urine.
  33. 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.
  34. burning questions
    A Conversation With a Quantum Physicist About The OA: Part IICould we really hop between multiple dimensions using the power of dance? Can trees really talk? Could I live in a mirror?
  35. podcasts
    How Podcasts Learned to SpeakThe once useless-seeming medium that became essential.
  36. deep dives
    What Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Maps Reveal About Its Prequel SeriesIt won’t be about Young Aragorn. But Amazon dropped a trove of clues about its upcoming Lord of the Rings show.
  37. deep dives
    The Fascinating Story Behind Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1968 Epic War and PeaceThe shoot went on for five and a half years, with brutal winters, actors threatening to quit, and the director suffering a heart attack.
  38. deep dives
    To Whom Does Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Owe Its Sound?If the question is whether or not “7 Rings” owes its existence to appropriation, then the answer is yes.
  39. movies
    Nixon, Betty Boop, and Tampons: Revisiting Joe Dante’s Infamous Movie OrgyBefore Gremlins, Dante made The Movie Orgy, a hard-to-find, extremely lengthy, extremely bizarre compilation of found footage. We watched it.
  40. deep dives
    The 10 Best Versions of the Song ‘Sleigh Ride’According to a person who really, really loves the song “Sleigh Ride.”
  41. movies
    The Stories Behind the Songs in Cold WarWriter-director Pawel Pawlikowski goes deep on the folk songs at the heart of his tale of star-crossed lovers.
  42. deep dives
    How Barry Jenkins Brought the Experience of Reading James Baldwin to the ScreenThe Moonlight director on the challenges and rewards of adapting If Beale Street Could Talk.
  43. 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.
  44. deep dives
    A Deep Dive Into Ariana Grande’s ‘Breathin’’ VideoThere’s a lot you can learn from a breath.
  45. deep dives
    How Suspiria Created Its Dances of DeathChoreographer Damien Jalet talks about pagan rituals and the influence of Gorgons.
  46. 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.
  47. deep dives
    Will Terrence Malick Ever Really Finish The Tree of Life?We break down the differences between the original and the new cut, released today.
  48. horror
    21 Genre Films Recommended by Hollywood’s Nerdiest DirectorsThe members of Roadkill Superstar are here to kick ass, chew bubblegum — and watch a ton of bad movies.
  49. deep dives
    Slender Man Is Still Making People Uneasy — But Now for New ReasonsTracing the long, dark shadow of the Slender Man movie, out this weekend.
  50. movies
    Do Anti-Meat Movies Actually Change Minds?What is the thought process when a person sees a movie like Eating Animals and decides to make a radical life change as a result?
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