Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit play two new mothers from very different backgrounds in the Spanish director’s latest study in female interiority.
Nadine Smith is a writer, DJ, and co-host of the podcast Hotbox the Cinema. Her work has appeared in publications like the New York Times Magazine, Pitchfork, the Outline, Bandcamp Daily, Observer, and the Nashville Scene.
From Catchy Commercials to Hollywood Think Tanks, the Evolution of Military Recruitment Ads
As long as wars have been fought, wars have needed to be sold. And just like with weapons, the US armed forces have long been on the cutting edge of propaganda.
Looking Back at the Misbegotten Woodstock ’99 Music Festival
The HBO documentary Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage views the event not just as one fiasco, but as an allegory for the Y2K era.
Jump in the Ring With These Wrestling Films
Explore lucha libre, Hollywood transformation stories, and more within the strange, compelling world of professional wrestling.
An In-depth Look at the Art-Pop Music Duo Sparks
Edgar Wright’s epic-length documentary The Sparks Brothers preaches to the choir, but the choir will love it.
Illuminating Professional Wrestling’s Most Unsavory Episodes
The docuseries Dark Side of the Ring is a much-needed corrective to the official story wrestling tells about itself.
The Killings That Raised Questions About Mormon History
Netflix’s Murder Among the Mormons tackles a strange case of archival fraud that led to a bombing campaign.
How New York Has Changed Over the Years, as Told By Pizza
With Untitled Pizza Movie, David Shapiro spotlights a slice of NYC life.
A Documentary Lays Out the Boy Scouts Sex Abuse Scandal
Church and the Fourth Estate investigates one of the tens of thousands of cases of alleged sexual abuse within the BSA, as well as Scouting’s links to the LDS Church.
How Disney Tricked the World Into Believing Lemmings Commit Mass Suicide
The 1958 nature documentary White Wilderness is one of several films the House of Mouse is less than proud of.
Bernie Sanders’s Little-known Time as a Filmmaker
During the ’70s and ’80s, Sanders produced educational materials about labor issues and history. In 1979, he directed a short documentary about his political hero, which is available on YouTube.
Wondrous Animations Made of Quilts, Glass, and Found Objects
Jodie Mack uses materials like no other animator. Now, many of her films are available to the public for the first time.