The Films of Greta Gerwig

Quilting has been around as long as humanity has needed to keep warm, but it wasn’t until it moved to the New World that it became its own art form as well as a comfort item. Over the course of the birth of a new nation that would be the…

Why Die Hard is as Much of a Christmas Movie as It’s a Wonderful Life

Christmas season is upon us and with it comes the endless posts about people gathering around the Netflix fireplace to indulge in their favorite Christmas cinematic traditions. The sounds of “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” and the screams of Kevin McAllister will emanate from houses across America. …

Seeking Justice for Nurse Mildred Ratched

“She had sacrificed her life for other people. She hasn’t married, hadn’t done this, hadn’t done that, and was self-sufficient on her own leading this life, because she dedicated her life, her earlier life, to other people who needed her.” — Louise Fletcher on Nurse Ratched

When one thinks of the most reviled villains in all of pop culture, many will turn to the watchful and tyrannical eye of Nurse Mildred Ratched from Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, Dale Wasserman’s 1963 play, and Milos Forman’s 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She has become synonymous…

Exploring the Elements of the Cult Horror Film

The world of horror is a vast and diverse playground of chills, thrills, and (blood) spills. As one of the most enduring and popular genres in cinema, it has many branches that make it so effective. While slashers, ghost stories, and vampire pictures have their place, one subgenre in particular…

How the Opening Number Establishes The Music Man as the GOAT

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“Words holler at me.” — Meredith Willson

Oh ho, another revival of Meredith Willson’s seminal classic The Music Man is coming down to Broadway and with it the agonized groans from its detractors. “UGH, why is this backwards, old school, boring piece of Norman Rockwell idealism being dragged out of…

Burnham Moves to Film to Pass His Ideals to a Wider Audience with Eighth Grade

“I’m looking at this girl and thinking ‘There’s a scared little girl who is self-conscious and worried.’” — Bo Burnham on the origins of Eighth Grade

Welcome back to my five-part series examining the work of Bo Burnham! You can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 here.

It begins, as it always has, in another suburban bedroom. But something’s different. It’s darker except for two lights: one from the desk and the…

Burnham Tops Perfection and Steps Out of the Comedy Game with Make Happy

“Performing in life is awful and freedom and love is the act of dropping your performance.” — Bo Burnham

Welcome back to my five-part series examining the work of Bo Burnham! You can read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 here.

It begins with that young boy, now fully grown. He wakes up in a strange bed in a strange town. He opens the window and looks at…

Burnham Sets A New Comedy Special Standard With what.

“When I get onstage, I want to do this show, I want to serve this show, and I want to serve this higher idea of theatre.” — Bo Burnham on what.

Welcome back to my five-part series examining the work of Bo Burnham! You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here.

It begins with an old video of that young boy, even younger than in 2006. He’s a child. His back is to the camera. An unseen voice calls his…

How Burnham’s Move to Television Resulted in the Most Underrated Show of the Decade

“I think of it as a documentary about heroin addiction made by a heroin addict who’s addicted to heroin at the time.” — Bo Burnham on Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous

Welcome back to my five-part series examining the work of Bo Burnham! You can read Part 1 here.

It begins in a bedroom, much like the one we saw a few years ago. But something’s different. It looks more professional, the video quality’s certainly a step up. It looks like…

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