Director Kevin Smith on heart attacks, happiness, extreme weight loss and Weinstein

The director and actor talks about his near-death experience, becoming vegan and the star-studded reboot of the film that first made him famous 25 years ago In February last year, Kevin Smith performed 90 minutes of standup for a TV special, padded back to the green room and started to worry that the joint he […]

Moving stories: inside the book buses changing children’s lives

Around the world, mobile library programmes are taking books, educational support and even counselling to communities in serious and urgent need Every week, two converted blue buses stocked with childrens books carefully navigate the streets of Kabul, avoiding areas where deadly explosions are common. These travelling libraries stop off at schools in different parts of […]

Sorry Marty, but Captain America is daring, serious art | Helen OHara

Marvels blockbusters have been condemned by Scorsese and Coppola, but they can be just as complex as any arthouse creation Marvel movies are not just cinema; theyre good cinema. At the end of Marvel Studios 2018 hit Black Panther, there is a moment that unfailingly reduces audiences to a stunned silence. The films villain, Erik […]

He is a psychopath: has the 2019 Joker gone too far?

Todd Phillipss take has been mired in controversy, but its not the first time the character has reflected society Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there? 2019s Joker while set to be a triumph, critically and commercially has raised concerns over its narrative. An early, leaked version of the script, plus […]

Amazon’s The Boys Tests the Limits of Superhero Fatigue

Less than a week ago, 33 people posed for a photo at Marvel Studios' Comic-Con panel, most of them actors who would be appearing in the studio's upcoming film and television projects. While some were veterans, many were newcomers to Marvel's ever-broadening paracosm—a narrative web that already crammed more than 60 heroes into May's Avengers: […]

Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up

Several decades into the age of digital media, the ability to leave one’s childhood and adolescent years behind is now imperiled. Although exact numbers are hard to come by, it is evident that a majority of young people with access to mobile phones take and circulate selfies on a daily basis. There is also growing […]

Cantina Talk: Game of Thrones‘ Showrunners Are Helming the Next Star Wars Movie

With everyone hard at work on future projects—like, you know, putting the final touches on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—it's a time of relative calm in the galaxy far, far away. But that doesn't mean there is no news to share about upcoming Star Wars stories. (Though it does seem like Solo put the […]

Avengers: Endgame Review: Time Is on Their Side

There is nothing more impermeable than time. It's fixed, constant. It may be a human construct, but it is one humanity has built atomic clocks to perfect; there is no stopping its ever-forward march. Except in sci-fi. And comic books. In those worlds, it's fluid. There are rules about not killing Hitler or betting on […]

The Mummy: the story of the world’s most expensive movie poster

An original lithograph of the 1932 classic is set to sell for $1-1.5m, a record-breaking amount, representing a lost era of originality in the artform Auction house Sothebys is currently accepting bids for one of three remaining original posters of 1932s The Mummy. It is expected to sell for somewhere between $1-1.5m, making it the […]

‘Disgrace and shame’: Alan Moore points to Boris Johnson in Grenfell fire comic

Moore has briefly come out of retirement to contribute to a new anthology raising money for PTSD support for survivors Comics legend Alan Moore, who announced he was Grenfell Tower fire. Moore, the author of the seminal graphic novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta, is one of 24 contributors to a forthcoming comic anthology, Grenfell […]