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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino Now streaming on Netflix In its heart of hearts, Gilmore Girls is a frustrated musical. There certainly have been theatrical flourishes throughout—as Maddy Myers points out in her essay from The Mary Sue, aiding my only-casual knowledge of the initial seven seasons, original showrunners Daniel and Amy-Sherman Palladino erected several shows-within-shows, powered with the energy of “embarrassingly genuine community theatre.” Last year, Sherman-Palladino—a...
If you’re at all partial to repertory cinema—you’re visiting this site’s film section, so I’ll presume yes—you’ve likely paid attention to what format the screening will take. If it’s a 35mm print, a footnote may show up: “courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.” Maybe it was a local affair, hitting up Anthology’s hosting of Andy Milligan’s Bloodthirsty Butchers, or hightailed up to Lincoln Center for a Jackie Chan retrospective. Maybe you saw Penitentiary...
Through the years, almost like clockwork, Julian Koster’s creations have provided warmth for crisp seasons. I first became familiar in December 2011, when Koster and his band The Music Tapes—featuring Ian Ludders, Robbee Cucchiaro, a fleet of oddball instruments (musical saws, superbone, xylophone, bowed banjo), a singing snowman, and a tape deck—squeezed into my bedroom as part of their semi-annual Caroling/Lullaby Tour. With his youthful charm and signature blue knit hat, the Tapes spun...
Westworld HBO, Sundays through November Warning: Spoilers Ahead. In an interview leading up to Westworld’s premiere this past Sunday night, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy revealed that much of their new HBO show, lifted from Michael Crichton’s oracular 1972 film, was incubated simultaneously to Joy’s pregnancy with their first child. Concern over where the future of humankind lies dictates concern around of arguably its most profound and unpredictable creation: artificial intelligence. As much as we fret over...

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