First-Time Actor Yalitza Aparicio Brings Alfonso Cuarón's Memories to Life in Roma

Roma has been the talk of this year’s festival circuit, from the ones in Toronto and Venice to the New York Film Festival last week. It’s also quite literally the talk of Colonia Roma, Mexico City, the district in which the movie is set. Alfonso Cuarón’s latest project—his first in five years, following its Academy…

The Good Place's D'Arcy Carden Knows It's Crazy to Think You'll Make It As an Actor

On The Good Place, a comedy about what happens to a group of medium-good people in the afterlife, D’Arcy Carden plays an immortal assistant named Janet, who’s not quite a robot, not quite human. The show, currently in its third season, unpacks the nature of morality, ethics, and good versus evil in dramatic fashion,…

Feminism As a 'Global Solidarity Movement': Leta Hong Fincher on Feminism and #MeToo in China

In 2015, a group of feminist activists in China planned to commemorate International Women’s Day by handing out stickers calling out sexual harassment on subways and buses in cities throughout the country. For several years, they had been engaging in provocative performance art—acts of consciousness-raising that…

Illustrator Lisa Hanawalt on Her New Comic Coyote Doggirl and the Appeal of 'Horse Girls'

The term “gross-out humor” doesn’t conjure up much subtlety or imagination. But for artist and illustrator Lisa Hanawalt, there’s something profoundly funny in the gap between the grotesqueness of everyday life and the inevitability of its existence. In one of her best-known comics, originally drawn for the…

Madeline's Madeline Director Josephine Decker on Dictatorship and Democracy in Art

Josephine Decker’s third feature film, Madeline’s Madeline, is an exquisite collision of content and medium, a story that could only be told in cinema. A fractured exploration of mental illness and the art-making process, the film is shot tightly, scored with thick and experimental acapellas and occasional out-of-sync…

Director Augustine Frizzell on Representation in Her Druggie Dropout Buddy Comedy Never Goin' Back

Augustine Frizzell wanted to see a movie that represented her teen experience, and so she made it. The result is the 39-year-old writer/director’s first feature Never Goin’ Back, in select theaters today via juggernaut distributor A24. The movie follows two coke-snorting, table-waiting, shit-talking, high-school…

Director Desiree Akhavan on The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Reimagining the Teen Movie

On paper, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The Miseducation of Cameron Post might sound like the making of a somber tearjerker. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the titular Cameron, a teenage girl growing up in Montana in 1993 whose boyfriend dramatically discovers her making out with her best girl friend on homecoming…