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Who Actually Gets to Create Black Pop Culture?

A closer look at the economics of Black pop culture reveals that most Black creators (outside music) come from middle-to-upper middle class backgrounds, while the Black poor are written about but rarely get the chance to speak for themselves.


Melt the Crown

How the myth of the genius director has erased the careers of some very talented women, and why it’s time for the “auteur” to be tossed out entirely.


The Noirs of Melville

The films of Jean-Pierre Melville are stylish and seductive. Their meaning isn’t obvious—nor should it be. A look at some of the most original and satisfying films of the last century.


We Deserve Better Dystopias

Cyberpunk’s bleak vision is aesthetically stylish but its diagnoses are shallow and unsatisfying.


How to Destroy a Story

10 years after the launch of Game of Thrones, Samuel Miller McDonald looks back at its promising start—and how it all went wrong.


The End of TV’s Lumpenproletariat

For a decade, ‘Shameless’ has painted a picture of American life rarely seen on screen. That’s about to end.


Nationalize the Movies

The simplest and most effective way to save cinema is through government subsidies to small, independent filmmakers.


Satanic Panics and the Death of Mythos

Being alive has perhaps never been more confusing, especially because we have lost the tool that might help us make sense of it all.


The Refreshing Gender Politics of ‘The Rise of Phoenixes’

Seeing yourself on screen is a beautiful thing, even if you need subtitles.


Movie Stars and Their Misguided Messiah Complex

Just because you claim to “create jobs” doesn’t give you the right to treat fellow human beings like dirt.


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