HBO’s Watchmen Grapples With Racism and Police Brutality in Powerful, Imperfect Ways (SYFY WIRE)
Watchmen tackles an important, vital topic — racism in America — but it’s raised a few eyebrows for seemingly framing the conflict as “cops versus white supremacists,” which is overly simplistic and possibly problematic. I interviewed showrunner Damon Lindelof and some of the stars to get their take on Watchmen‘s handling of such a delicate issue.
What Stranger Things Star Maya Hawke Did on Her Summer Vacation (GQ)
An interview with 2019’s breakout Maya Hawke, who also appeared in Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, an indie movie, and released music in addition to her starring role in Stranger Things Season 3.
Godzilla might have dropped nuclear horror, but Chernobyl more than makes up for it (Polygon)
In this essay, I explored how the timing of Godzilla: King of the Monster‘s premiere — so soon after HBO’s Chernobyl aired — made the kaiju flick’s nonchalant handling of radiation quite jarring, especially given the franchise’s roots as post-Hiroshima horror.
Christmas In July: The Disconcerting Experience Of Watching The Polar Express When It’s Sweltering Outside (Decider)
For reasons that remain a mystery because Hulu would not give a straight answer despite repeated attempts to get the story out of them, the streaming service added the Tom Hanks Christmas movie to its library on July 1st. I watched the movie in my too-hot New York City apartment to see if it held up in the summer (Spoiler alert: It doesn’t).
An Exhaustive List of All the Easter Eggs and Comic Book References in Avengers: Endgame (Vulture)
An extremely thorough round-up of every Easter egg or other sorts of reference in Avengers: Endgame. Easter egg round-ups aren’t gonna win any Pulitzers, but they’re a big part of modern entertainment coverage, so it’s important to do ’em well.
Is Donald Trump President in Marvel Comics? (Inverse)
The president in Marvel comics continuity is usually the same as the president in real-life, but Trump hadn’t made any appearances in the comics in the first several months of his presidency. In this feature, I looked at the history of presidents in Marvel comics, and had a very tricky time getting Marvel representatives to give a very, very carefully worded statement.