It Would Be Unethical to Suggest Doing a Drug Before Seeing Terrence Malick's New Documentary

Since releasing The New World 11 years ago, reclusive director Terrence Malick has made three over stylized movies about middle aged white men working through some major personal shit. I only saw one of them (The Tree of Life), but hated it so much (all but the scenes with my close personal friend Jessica Chastain)…

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Cate Blanchett's Most Underrated Performance Is In This Commercial For Australian Cookies

The folks at Flavorwire called it “a raw, merciless portrait of human hunger.” The Daily Mail called it “cringey.” But I call it foreshadowing. If I’d been a Sydney resident in the mid 90s and seen Cate Blanchett appear on my TV screen asking a 3,000-year-old Australian genie for a magical carton of Tim Tams, I’d have…

Sandra Bullock Is Starring In an All-Woman Ocean's 11, Cate Blanchett May Join, and I Need To Sit Down

Do you remember that scene in Love, Actually when Emma Thompson has a controlled breakdown in her bedroom after discovering that her husband (played by the late Alan Rickman) is cheating on her? She paces back and forth in front of her marriage bed, hyperventilating, unsure of what to do with herself or her heart—much…

Ain't Nothing But Ladies on the Cover of Vanity Fair's Annual Hollywood Issue

On last year’s cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue—that annual Annie Leibovitz photo in which the country’s hottest actors use each other as sexy, well-dressed furniture—20 percent of those photographed were people of color, 100 percent were under 50, 60 percent were men, and 33 percent of the men were Miles Teller…

Todd Haynes's Carol, Like the Romance at Its Center, Is Stunning and Unforgettable

Todd Haynes has spent a significant chunk of his career making movies about long-suffering women. There’s the anorexic Karen Carpenter in Superstar, the suffocating Orange County housewife Carol Hicks in Safe, the betrayed and hopelessly lovesick Cathy Whitaker in Far From Heaven, and the famously shat-upon mother in …

Truth Is Worth Seeing Mostly Because of Cate Blanchett's Fiction (and Wig)

I have a feeling the real Mary Mapes is nothing like Cate Blanchett’s version of Mary Mapes in James Vanderbilt’s Truth. Not because I’ve met Mary Mapes or am particularly familiar with her (beyond video clips I watched in an attempt to familiarize myself with her mannerisms), but because the weight of Cate…

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