Whoops, CNN just lost another pro-Trump commentator down the scandal chute

And so, the paradoxical quest to find a man who is somehow both a) willing to get on national TV and voice his aggressive support for Donald Trump, and b), not plagued by some form of TV-toxic racist or sexist scandal just waiting to emerge resumes yet again today, with THR reporting that CNN has parted ways with…

Kenya temporarily lifts ban on LGBTQ love story Rafiki

Earlier this year, the Cannes Film Festival played host to at least one film that was entirely illegal to show or possess in its home country: Wanuri Kahiu’s LGBTQ romance film Rafiki, which has been outlawed in Kahiu’s native Kenya. The film tells the story of a growing love between two young women, Kena and Ziki…

The director of Faces Of Death has pivoted to selling actual assault weapons

Although its primary reason for existing—i.e., serving as a horrible series of sounds and images to force on your nearest and dearest friends to emotionally fuck them up, the same way someone else so kindly did for you—has now largely been replicated and replaced by the internet, Faces Of Death is still an…

Keeping the exploitation-film fires burning with Nicolas Winding Refn

I like Nicolas Winding Refn’s films—the ending of The Neon Demon was enough to redeem that otherwise flawed film for me, though that’s a topic for another time—but I’m a huge fan of his ongoing side gig as a film preservationist. He first caught my eye when he bought a collection of film prints by obscure exploitation…

Robert Englund is bringing back Freddy Krueger…on The Goldbergs

It’s now been 15 years since Freddy Vs. Jason, the last time horror icon Robert Englund strapped on the clawed glove and dapper fedora of Frederick Krueger, Professional Pun Murderer. (Jackie Earle Haley took on the role for the inevitable 2010 reboot of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise.) But now, Elm Street’s…

The House With A Clock In Its Walls loses the book’s gothic tone, but gains ’80s-movie magic

The young-adult books of John Bellairs were, above all else, a way for the late author to indulge in his fondness for gothic mystery. Through nearly all of his 15 YA novels, the author installed regal cemeteries, ornate mansions, ancient tomes, and unnatural mist, all in service of eerie supernatural goings-on. These…

On The Late Show, Hillary Clinton won't say "I told you so" despite being right about everything

Introducing former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, First Lady, author, and person who won the popular vote by three million votes Hillary Clinton, Stephen Colbert had to wait for his audience’s extended applause to die down. And, sure, losing an election to a buffoonish bigot reality show host and confessed sex…

Arizona political ad somehow has one of the best twist endings we've seen all year

Political advertising is a doggedly straightforward beast: You either remind your constituents why you’re awesome, or you remind them why your opponent sucks. (Sometimes, if you’re feeling really ambitious, you do both.) The twist ending is rarely employed, presumably on the grounds that you don’t want viewers to have…