Lauren Badillo Milici

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11 Underrated comedies you need to get on your watchlist right now

We could all use a laugh nowadays – a good laugh; one that makes your abs sore. For just that, we've rounded up some of the best comedies streaming right now that may have slipped under your radar. From a fictionalized biopic on the first women-only baseball team to a mockumentary about life in rural Ohio hosted by the town 'disappointments,' there's something here for everyone. If you've ever wanted to watch ordinary people literally rehearse on an elaborate film set for the most emotional mome

Why Netflix's Blonde fails Marilyn Monroe

All biopics take creative artistic liberty – when they stretch the truth as far as it can go. But make no mistake, Andrew Dominik's Blonde is not a biopic; it's a fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe's life, based on Blonde, a fictional novel by Joyce Carol Oates. And in this case, "creative artistic liberty" means a big-budget black-and-white exploitation film featuring scene after scene of abuse, violence, sadness, and desperation that add up to nothing. Blonde wants you to see Marilyn, the

How Madisynn with two Ns and one Y (but not where you think) stole our hearts – and why she deserves a comeback

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has given us several gifts: 1) the first-ever MCU superhero to frequently break the fourth wall; 2) it's shown us an even goofier, softer side to Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner; and 3) it brought us Madisynn with two Ns and one Y (but not where you think). Madisynn King (played by Patty Guggenheim) entered our lives in episode 4 after she volunteered to participate in a magic trick and ultimately spoilt a very important episode of The Sopranos for Wong. It's arguably one

Why we don't need another solo Hulk movie

She-Hulk, ever the meta series, took the fourth-wall breaking to the next level in its second episode: they acknowledged the fact that, even though he’s been the Hulk since 2012’s The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo isn’t the only scientist who’s smashed through a wall or two. Thanks to the introduction of the Multiverse, Marvel doesn’t really have to account for its changes in casting anymore. For example, Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland all exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Spid

Event Horizon at 25: Paul W.S. Anderson reflects on his misunderstood cult classic

Back in 1997, moviegoers and critics alike were confused and horrified by Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon, a haunted house movie set in deep space, not unlike a planetary version of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Twenty-five years later, the film has been cemented in pop culture history as both a cult classic and vital addition to the sci-fi/horror subgenre. Set in 2047, the film follows a crew of astronauts who embark on a mission to rescue a missing spaceship called the Event Horizon. What

19 Shows like Stranger Things that will turn your world Upside Down

Stranger Things season 5 is on its way, but we might be waiting a while – the Duffer brothers have only just begun the writing process. If you need a new show (or 19) to fill the Hawkins-shaped hole in your heart, don't worry, we got you covered. Some of these shows have the same 1980s horror slasher vibes from Stranger Things season 4, and some of these have been compared to the popular Netflix series since season 1 first premiered. From mysteries solved by kids on bikes to bloody revenge agai

Severance gave me an existential crisis in the best way

I can’t remember the last time a show made me pause, take inventory of my life and surroundings, and ask myself, "Are you happy?" And while that might sound a little grim, it’s a marker of a great story, great execution, and an important show – one that has the power to change our perspective and steer us in a better direction. Severance, on the surface, seems like The Office meets Twilight Zone: a series set in the not-so-distant future in which people have the option to get 'severed', a speci

Jenna Coleman on preparing for Sandman role: "I was walking around doing exorcisms as I'm doing my groceries"

Jenna Coleman had a quite peculiar way of preparing for her role as Johanna Constantine in Netflix's The Sandman. The former Doctor Who actor plays two versions of occult detective Joanna Constantine: 18th-century aristocrat Lady Johanna Constantine and her present-day descendant – the latter of whom is an "upgraded" version of The Sandman's John Constantine. When asked how she prepared to play arguably the most unique version of Constantine ever seen on screen, Coleman laughed and replied, "Ap

Neil Gaiman explains why it took Good Omens succeeding for The Sandman to come to screen

A live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman seemed doomed to failure for 30 some-odd years – until the writer eventually stepped into the role of showrunner for Good Omens. When Amazon and BBC Studios ordered a series adaptation of Good Omens, Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's joint 1990 novel of the same name, Gaiman was brought in as showrunner for the very first time – having only ever served as executive producer and consultant for other adaptations of his works such as American Gods,

Gwendoline Christie on playing Lucifer in Sandman: "I wanted to play something very different from Brienne"

Gwendoline Christie says she was elated to take on the role of Lucifer Morningstar in Netflix's The Sandman, as the devious character greatly differed from her Game of Thrones counterpart. In the live-action series adaptation of The Sandman, Christie plays Neil Gaiman's version of the Biblical fallen angel who rules over Hell – a part unlike any she's ever played before. "I wanted the challenge so badly to play something very different from Brienne," the actor explained during a press room inte

Riverdale has gone completely off the rails – and I'm not mad about it

Back in 2016, Riverdale was sold to audiences as a gritty Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars – a dark and sexy mystery live-action series centered on a group of protagonist teenagers and a few shady adults. The head-scratcher: it was set in the notoriously wholesome universe of Archie Comics, known for its ongoing series where a popular teen redhead named Archie Andrews is in an on-and-off love triangle with his two best friends Betty and Veronica, and a guy named Jughead is just off to the s

Saying a heartfelt goodbye to our favorite Stranger Things 4 character

In the world of Stranger Things, nothing gold can stay. Season 4 introduced us to several new characters, some of whom got us with their charm, others whose backstory simply pulled at our heartstrings. And then they were gone. One of these characters was the clear standout of the season, the unsung hero of Hawkins, Indiana; someone who brought the best out in every major player, and who we’ll probably miss for the rest of our days. Warning: Massive spoilers for Stranger Things season 4, Volume

10 horror movies to watch after Stranger Things season 4

Stranger Things is a love letter to pop culture, written and created by pop culture lovers Matt and Ross Duffer. The series frequently borrows from and is inspired by classic films – and Stranger Things season 4 is no different. The first Volume pays homage to horror icons like Doug Bradley's Pinhead and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter, and even takes some inspiration from haunted house horrors like The Amityville Horror and The Changeling. While you wait for Volume 2 to hit Netflix, we've com

Chip ’N Dale: Rescues Rangers director Akiva Schaffer talks reboots, Roger Rabbit, and The Lonely Island

Helming a reboot is no easy task – but it was loads of fun for director Akiva Schaffer. Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers is a fresh take on the ‘90s animated series that combines multiple animation styles, cameos from your favorite Saturday morning cartoons, and a heartwarming tale of friendship into one big family-friendly adventure. Taking place some 30 years after the end of the Rescue Rangers cartoon, Chip and Dale are two retired Hollywood actors and ex-best friends who don't keep in touch. Wh

The 10 best Nicolas Cage movies, ranked! From Kick-Ass to Con Air

Nicolas Cage is many things: a Hollywood legend, a Coppola, a meme, a guy who named his first-born son after Superman's alien persona Kal-El. He's an actor known for never really turning down a role, and also giving some of the most over-the-top performances that cinema has ever seen (described by critics as 'Cage Rage'). Though Cage has a reputation for starring in some pretty bad movies, he's actually a pretty brilliant actor whose skills truly shine in dark dramatic films – and ones that don'

Why The Crow deserves a comeback

The Crow’s a different kind of superhero movie – a supernatural fantasy horror hybrid that puts an undead rock musician up against a band of merciless thugs in order to avenge his murdered fiancée and pass on to the next life. Because of its unique premise, compelling source material, and overall legacy, The Crow has never died. Over almost three decades, there have been three sequels, a TV adaptation, and multiple failed attempts to get a reboot off the ground. Now, a new movie is in the works;

How HBO's Barry helped me heal

HBO’s Barry is not the show you think it is. On the surface, it’s about a former marine turned reluctant hitman who wants something more out of life. Underneath, it’s a clever meditation on trauma, the healing process, and finding a purpose for the pain. As a repeat survivor of assault and someone who suffers from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and finds comfort in pop culture, I am always looking for myself on screen. I’m always searching for relatable moments that make me feel less alone, for

Netflix's new Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel misses the point of the original movie

Warning: major spoilers for Netflix’s new Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel ahead. Turn back now if you want to go unspoiled... Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most influential slashers to ever grace the screen. The 1974 classic established some of the most commonly used tropes in horror, and introduced audiences to the first-ever mainstream final girl – AKA when the female character makes it to the final scene. Now, the newly released Netflix requel – that’s reboot sequel

Daniel Isn't Real Is Horror's Best Borderline Personality Disorder Allegory

Mental illness goes hand in hand with the horror genre. As someone who suffers from trauma and PTSD, I can almost always find a piece of myself on screen. Scream’s Sidney Prescott survives and thrives over and over again throughout the franchise. In Antlers, Julia Meadows has violent flashbacks to her abusive past. But as someone who also suffers from borderline personality disorder (BPD), I don’t really ever see myself represented. Borderline personality disorder, sometimes known as emotional

A Look Back At FRAILTY: 20 Years Later

It’s been 20 years since Bill Paxton’s directorial debut—and the film remains a hidden gem, tucked away on streaming apps for fans of the late actor to discover for the first time. Frailty is a psychological horror about a widowed father known as only as ‘Dad’ (Paxton) who believes he’s been chosen by God to murder demons disguised as human beings and enlists the help of his unwilling sons. Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey) recounts the story of his seemingly unbelievable childhood to FBI Agen
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