Kristy Puchko

Kristy Puchko

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  • Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry

    Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry

    ★★★

    Pop stardom has changed intensely because of social media. The barrier between the celebrity and their fandom has been torn down through replies and DMs. (Some fans of ’90s pop icon Britney Spears even imagine she’s sending coded messages through Instagram.) A new generation of musical talent was birthed through YouTube (Justice Bieber) and SoundCloud, including American singer/songwriter Billie Eilish, who was only 18 when she won armloads of Grammys for her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep,…

  • Crisis

    Crisis

    ★½

    The opioid crisis in America deals in dirty doctors, corrupt capitalism, and widespread addiction that leads to many lives ruined or flat-out lost. So why is Crisis, a drama that touches on each of these topics, so relentlessly dull? Blame writer/director Nicholas Jarecki, whose sophomore follow-up to Arbitrage is even drier than his white-collar crime “thriller.”

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    “I wrote this while going through a break-up,” Ari Aster said at the special advance screening of Midsommar. “I’m better now.”

    The filmmaker’s darkly humorous confession played well to the crowd at Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where press and select members of the public gathered to see Aster’s hotly anticipated follow-up to his wildly praised debut, Hereditary. As the crowd chuckled at Aster’s softly spoken introduction, a mix of excitement and anxiety hung in the air. With his first film,…

  • Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies

    Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies

    Never once in the 130 minutes of the documentary Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies is the words “Male Gaze” uttered. Imagine that. Coined by film critic Laura Mulvey in 1975, the term is used to explore how an art form dominated by straight men portrays women in ways objectifying rather than humanizing. You’d think such a term would be useful, even essential, when discussing the history of nudity in the movies, considering much of that history was made by bared breasts and female buns. Infuriatingly, this is just one of many shocking omissions in this smugly saucy doc....


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