Minnie Goetze's desires and insecurities, the everyday sexual concerns of a schoolgirl, have rarely been so honestly and seriously depicted in film.
In the late 19th-century, as the British attempted to add Afghanistan to their vast empire, a teenage girl armed only with her voice rallied her people to a famous victory against the imperial invaders.
It'll take you a few minutes to recognize Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw, the boxing movie opening in theaters nationwide this Friday. His face shines with sweat and is streaked with blood, his eye is so swollen that it can only open a mere sliver, and tattoos run across his chiseled chest. But even if he's barely recognizable, Southpaw is very much the Jake Gyllenhaal show.
Downton Abbey was constructed on a flawed premise: In its desire to celebrate a vanished way of life while heralding the social change that would render it obsolete, the show was trapped in a contradiction. In its last season, Downton wanted desperately to give everyone, upstairs and below, a happy ending without acknowledging that those happy endings are fundamentally opposed. The luckiest servants are the ones who get to leave service.
Has anyone had a worse year than Sepp Blatter? Ever since U.S. prosecutors kicked off a long-overdue investigation into corruption at FIFA in May, the noose has tightened around football’s most powerful man. But, just as it looked like he might end 2015 unscathed, this week Blatter was banned from the sport for eight years.
For women in Hollywood, 2015 was the year the industry’s abysmal gender gap made front-page news. High-profile actresses like Jennifer Lawrence spoke out against the pay gap, Geena Davis started her own film festival dedicated to promoting women and diversity in film, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission opened an investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood.
I’ve been a fan of Liverpool Football Club since I was twelve. For more than half of my life, I have been waking up every weekend at the crack of dawn to watch eleven men half a world away kick a ball for 90 minutes.
When U.S. national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann declared ahead of the 2014 World Cup, “We cannot win this World Cup, because we are not that level yet,” it sparked howls of outrage across the country.
"Show, don’t tell” is one of the writing instructor’s most sacred maxims. This is especially true in film, where sight is at the core of the medium; in cinema’s early years, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton once competed to see who could make the silent film with the fewest subtitles.
In Lauren Groff’s literary universe, people are never really just themselves. They’re bits and pieces handed down over generations, a smile from a long-lost mother, bad skin made inevitable by genetic misfortune, a tortured identity inherited from a womanizing patriarch.
Greece’s euro crisis is back in the headlines. After missing the payment deadline on its $1.8 billion debt on Tuesday, the struggling European nation is scheduled to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether it will accept further austerity or default on its debt - a choice widely billed as a referendum on the euro and the European Union itself. Greek banks shut their doors on Monday, and withdrawals are capped at €60.
Over the weekend, a 143-minute documentary criticizing China’s environmental policy went viral in China, accumulating nearly 100 million views on popular Chinese video hosting sites since its release online on Saturday.