HBO’s Watchmen Grapples With Racism and Police Violence in Powerful, Imperfect Ways
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.
How Many Laws Does Eddie Brock Break inVenom? We Asked the San Francisco D.A.’s Office
I arranged for a prosecutor from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office to see Venom, and then report back to me on the many, many crimes that Tom Hardy’s character commits during the course of the film — like biting someone’s head off (“‘murder?”)
How Dungeons & Dragons Reimagines and Customizes Classic Folklore Monsters
An interview with D&D’s creative director about how the franchise takes classic monsters and makes them unique beasts while keeping in mind issues of gameplay and appropriation.
Ad Astra Predicts the Future of Commercial Space Flight, and It’s a $125 Blanket
Brad Pitt’s character shells out $125 for a blanket and pillow on a Virgin Atlantic shuttle to the moon, so I contacted Virgin’s PR team — and an expert on the history of commercial space flight and space policy — to see if that’s a fair price.
A Mall Historian Assesses Stranger Things Season 3’s True Star: The Starcourt Mall
Amidst a flood of stories about the “death of malls,” Stranger Things brought one back in full ’80s force, so I spoke with an academic who specializes in the history of consumerism and malls.
Crawl Director Alexandre Aja Says the New Movie’s Killer Alligators Would Eviscerate Piranha
A fun little interview where I asked Alexandre Aja to pit the gators from Crawl against the piranhas from Piranha.