The Final Girls Will Make You Wonder If You'd Survive a Horror Movie

The concept of “the Final Girl” was conceived by Carol Clover in her 1992 book, Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Clover describes the “last girl standing” in horror movies as sharing similar characteristics such as being virginal and having a gender-neutral name, examples of whom include… »10/09/15 12:50pmYesterday 12:50pm

Dr. Dre's Ex Has an Idea Why His Abusive Past Didn't Make the NWA Biopic

While reviews for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton have been fairly positive, one prevailing critique is that the narrative conveniently leaves out Dr. Dre’s abusive past. In a recent interview, his ex-fiancée—R&B singer Michel’le—states the obvious in explaining the reason that storyline was neglected. »8/17/15 5:50pm8/17/15 5:50pm

Amy Schumer's Trainwreck Can't Help Falling In Love With Itself

A comedic godsend, at least in the eyes of those who worship her, Amy Schumer is a current cultural beacon, and in many ways, a void-filler. So it’s fitting that her first major film is a rom-com. The hardest-to-reinvent Romantic Comedy—two words that instantly yield lowered expectations—seems at once in need of… »7/17/15 11:35am7/17/15 11:35am

This Clip from the Cool Nerd Movie Dope Already Has Me Hooked

A movie about a wannabe cool black nerd obsessed with ’90s hip-hop and Game of Thrones sounds like a movie I’m very interested in seeing. Following up its buzzy trailer and major Sundance reception, here’s the first clip from Dope, which looks to be a worthwhile watch in the tradition of all my fav addictive… »5/19/15 7:20pm5/19/15 7:20pm

Will the New Kurt Cobain Doc Spur More Sexist Hate for Courtney Love?

I DVR’d Montage of Heck and watched it a day after it premiered on HBO. I waited partly out of dread. Everything I’ve read about the Kurt Cobain documentary cast it as the most through and fascinating depiction of him ever—largely due to unprecedented access to home movies, journals, and a clutch of his Dr Demento- »5/06/15 8:00pm5/06/15 8:00pm

Optimist Christian Bale Hopes For a Black Moses in 'a Few Decades'

Hollywood continues to dismiss the whitewashing in Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is a film starring Christian Bale as Moses that opens this Friday. The questionable casting rightfully earned an automatic boycott from some moviegoers. Bale, who hardly cares, danced around the issue at the film's New York premiere. »12/08/14 4:30pm12/08/14 4:30pm

​Beyond the Lights Exposes the Music Industry's Woman Problem

As a music writer for about 10 years now, I've met a lot of female artists who had no idea who they really were. They were young and their personas were the outcome of great outsourcing—their clothing, photos, lyrics and overall direction never their decision to make. In pursuing their passion for singing, they became… »11/12/14 2:00pm11/12/14 2:00pm