In Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Witchcraft Isn't As Feminist As Pop Culture Makes It Out to Be

It’s gotten quite trendy, over the past few years, to be a witch. Lana Del Rey casts spells on the President, movies and TV shows like The Love Witch and American Horror Story have taken witches to snarkier, sexier places, and even Sephora took a cue from Brooklyn magic shops to sell DIY witch kits alongside expensive…

To All the Boys I've Loved Before Captures the Thrill and Sting of a Teenage Crush

Lately, critics and the people who make movies have argued that we’re on the verge of a romcom revival, which happens to be right on time. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a romantic comedy I really loved. The genre is well-worn, frequently dull, occasionally sexist, and it’s a lot easier to screw up a romcom than to…

Dr. Pimple Popper Clears Pores, Uplifts, and Induces Gagging

We don’t recommend watching the video above, an overview of the new TLC series Dr. Pimple Popper in which dermatological growths are poked, prodded, squeezed, jiggled, and irrigated. But then again, we don’t recommend not watching it either. The show—which opened with this scene during its premiere on Wednesday night…

Sharp Objects Dissects Our Morbid Desire for Stories About Dead Girls

“I’m going out to join the search party now,” St. Louis crime reporter Camille Preaker nearly whispers to her editor in the Sunday night premiere of HBO’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s book Sharp Objects, while cradling a pay phone in one hand and an ample glass of whiskey in another. “Hopefully, we’ll turn up a dead…

The New Picnic at Hanging Rock Is Weirder, Wilder, and Way Hornier

It is extremely gutsy to take on an adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock when there is already Peter Weir’s perfect 1975 film. But not long into Amazon’s 2018 revamp of the Gothic classic does it become clear that the show’s intention isn’t to simply bring this story of four schoolgirls who…

Atlanta's Bold Second Season Explored Black Depression and Insecurity

If Donald Glover’s “This Is America” music video is a reflection of America’s perennial terrors—racism and violence—then the sophomore season of his hit FX series, Atlanta, is a reflection of black people trying to survive it. This season, refashioned as Atlanta Robbin’ Season, opened with an armed robbery at a fast…

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