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‘The Final Comedown’ Offers Wisdom, Bloodshed, and Angry Catharsis

Welcome to The Prime Sublime, a weekly column dedicated to the underseen and underloved films buried beneath page after page of far more popular fare on Amazon’s Prime Video collection. We’re not just cherry-picking obscure titles,

More Than a Decade After its Failed Pilot, Let’s Reconsider ‘The Amazing Screw-On Head’

Welcome back to Pitch Meeting, a monthly column in which we suggest an IP ripe for adaptation, then assign the cast and crew of our dreams. Comic books are weird. Or they can be. Or

Joe Alves Sets the Record Straight on the Supposedly Inoperable Shark of ‘Jaws’

Welcome to World Builders, our new ongoing series of conversations with the most productive and thoughtful behind-the-scenes craftspeople in the industry. Before Jaws, and even after Jaws, the idea of a giant killer shark movie

Join The John David Washington Appreciation Society

Welcome to Filmographies, a biweekly column for completists. Every edition brings a working actor’s resumé into focus as we learn about what makes them so compelling. This entry spotlights the career of John David Washington. John

Everyone’s a Target in Our Pick of the Week

Streaming might be the future, but physical media is still the present. It’s also awesome, depending on the title, the label, and the release, so each week we take a look at the new Blu-rays

All the Horror New to Streaming in June 2020, and What’s Leaving

Welcome to Horrorscope, a monthly column keeping horror nerds and initiates up to date on all the genre content coming to and leaving from your favorite streaming services.

 This column has addressed film-burnout in the

Shot by Shot with the ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’ Trailer

Welcome to Shot by Shot, our ongoing series of breakdowns. We’re constantly scouring movie trailers for perfect shots. In this column, we share our favorites and discuss them. The sequel we thought we’d never see

Bean Pie

At first glance, you might think it’s a pumpkin or a sweet potato pie. Yet bean pies, a unique specialty in some Black American Muslim communities, are made with creamy navy beans, spices, and a


During Peru’s near-300-year-period under Spanish rule, Spaniards introduced deep-fried dough balls called buñuelos to the region. As they colonized the nation, Spaniards also brought the African slave trade. It was enslaved African cooks who refitted

‘Observe and Report’ is Why Jody Hill Should Have Directed ‘Joker’

In the 2009 movie Observe and Report, out-of-shape, mentally ill loser Ronnie Barnhardt (played by Seth Rogen) has found a self-inflated means to alpha-maledom as a mall security guard. He has deluded himself into thinking