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One of the reasons so many actors’ careers seem like disappointments after winning an Oscar is that the award often bumps them into another pay grade, and suddenly character actors or former B-listers are receiving offers just as lucratively terrible as the biggest names in town. This goes double for women—or is it half? Great, mainstream roles for women over a certain age are still so rare, even with an Oscar, that a fair...
Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. Paraguay Remembered In 1968, French filmmaker Dominique Dubosc began his career making 16mm documentaries about peasant family life in Paraguay. The country was over a decade into Stroessner’s violent rule, achieved by a coup, that lasted well into the late 80s. Forty years later, he was...
Before this past Thursday, I’d never been to any kind of a convention before, let alone a comic convention. Of course, being a pop culture-obsessive living in the age of the Internet, it’s impossible to avoid coverage, so I had some idea of what to expect. But, really, once I stepped inside the behemoth that is the Jacob Javits Center for this year’s New York Comic Con, there was no amount of preparation that...

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