Congratulations to the Parasite Cast and the Other 800 New Academy Members

As part of its annual efforts to make the Oscar voting base more diverse, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday that it had extended invitations to 819 prospective new members. (Traditionally, not everyone accepts the membership, but the Academy says the vast majority do.) Among this year’s lucky invitees: “It” […]

The Irresistible Ending That Everyone Hates, Explained

Warning: This post spoils the entirety of Irresistible. Believe or not, Jon Stewart’s new movie has a lower approval rating than Donald Trump. Irresistible, a political comedy about D.C. consultants descending on a small-town mayoral race, debuted on demand on Friday, and, judging by the reviews, the film’s title is particularly inapt. “It’s hard to […]

A Guide to Some of the Craziest Performances From the Actual Eurovision

The first Eurovision contest dates back to May 1956, and it’s highly unlikely that founder Marcel Bezençon could have imagined that the wildly famous pan-European song competition would one day give us the likes of dancing grannies, rapping astronauts, and the almighty Ukrainian drag queen Verka Serduchka. As the contest has grown, a different type […]

Eurovision Director David Dobkin Never Wanted to Make Fun of Anyone

In Netflix’s oontz-pulsed disco-comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, Will Ferrell takes his career’s work — the continued unpacking of arrested-adultescent male idiocy — in an Icelandic direction. The six-foot-three funnyman portrays Lars Erickssong, a shaggy-haired ne’er-do-well with delusions of pop-music grandeur. He teams up with singer Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) to […]

Sufjan Stevens Announces New Music Right When You Need Him Most

Surely you’ve had plenty to cry about lately, but in case you’re looking for a bit more emotional catharsis in your life, this should do the trick. Sufjan Stevens, songster of states and Jesus and Call Me by Your Name, announced his new album The Ascension will be released on September 25. It’s a years-in-the-making […]

Kanye West Takes Us to Tuesday Church, Drops ‘Wash Us in the Blood’ Video

And he’s only one day late. Kanye West dropped the video for new single “Wash Us in the Blood,” a Travis Scott collab he cryptically teased on June 29, saying then it’d be out on the same day. The song — allegedly off “forthcoming album” God’s Country, but we’ll believe it when we see it […]

Trust That No One Loves The Net (or Sandra Bullock) More Than Carl Reiner

This interview originally ran in 2019. We are republishing it in honor of the late Carl Reiner, who died on June 29, 2020. Back in 1995, during the nascent days of the internet, Sandra Bullock starred in the cyber-mystery thriller The Net. In the film, the world of online is a place where you can […]

The Quiet Storm

About halfway through The Old Guard, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s upcoming film about a group of immortal warriors, something happens that I’m pretty sure has never happened before in a big-budget superhero comic-book movie: A man declares his love for another man. And it’s not just a corporate-approved, Disney-esque bit of tokenism, either. The men in question […]

Bob Dylan Is Still the Voice of a Generation

1968 was a brain buster, an election year where the two choices were Richard Nixon, the “law and order” Republican who claimed to speak for a “silent majority,” and Hubert Humphrey, a centrist Democratic vice-president appealing to America’s sense of decency. An economic crisis loomed while a flu pandemic crept in from overseas. Tensions over […]