Angelica Jade Bastién
9 days ago | Film and TV
Pop quiz. What comic-book adaptation centers on a white man, orphaned by tragedy but blessed with great wealth, who travels to an Asian country, only to return to America as a fearsome hero of amazing skill? That's a trick question, of course: The...
1 month ago | Film and TV
Legion, the much-anticipated new FX series created by Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, wastes no time plunging us into the murky depths of its lead’s unraveling mind, from blissful youth to harrowing adulthood plagued by a failed suicide attempt. Eve...
4 months ago | Film and TV
The 1958 film Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is not a good adaptation of Tennessee Williams's play of the same name. But as a portrayal of the depths of loneliness we create for ourselves, and an example of the power of star performance, it's a great film....
6 months ago | Culture
[Editor’s Note: Yesterday, Angelica Jade Bastién argued that Hollywood just doesn’t make first-rate movie stars anymore – and that franchises and superhero movies are to blame. “But what about Kevin Hart?” we asked her, as we first read the piece....
6 months ago | Film and TV
Looking back at this dismal summer of superhero adaptations, I am reminded of something Chris Rock said during the 77th Academy Awards: “There are only four real stars, and the rest are just popular people.” This was February 2005, mind you — a fe...
7 months ago | Film and TV
The images from 1940s film noir that stick with us so often exist in darkness. Rain-slick streets casually lit by street lamps. The shadows of street-smart men and women arching toward an inevitable downfall. But in Laura (1944) and Leave Her to H...