A new superhero show, just like the old superhero show
Paolo Sorrentino creates films that are great visual feasts, featuring lonely men wandering through a desolate landscape of existential crises. Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place features Sean Penn as Cheyenne, a retired rockstar in full on goth makeup, seeking out the man who was humiliated by his Nazi father during WWII. Youth stars Michael Caine and […]
Find a sense of mindfulness and calm with the simple joys of animation
Something funny happened on the way to episode 7: Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
Joey Armstrong kicks off his recap series of Stephen Daldry’s new Netflix show.
We open Episode 5 on Ford, doing what he was doing when we first met him in the premiere: having a chat with Old Bill in the sub-basement. He’s telling the old dog a story about an old dog—a racing greyhound who, one day, finally caught what he was chasing and didn’t know what to do […]
Back in episode 2 of Westworld, one of the hosts told William that the experiences available to guests in the town are tamer, safer. The further away from the town you get, the more dangerous and intense things get. Four episodes in, it appears Westworld is structured similarly to the park from which it gets its name: the […]
A few years older. Pretty much the same.
Why do Westworld hosts have to be unclothed when they’re being worked on by park staff? Back in episode 1, I thought the answer had to do with HBO’s love of naked flesh, and I still think that’s a big part of it, but it may also have significance beyond simple audience titillation. Stripping the hosts […]
“Are you real?” The question is asked by William (Jimmi Simpson), a new guest to Westworld, to the host who takes him through orientation. In context, he’s simply asking whether his current host is human or robot, but the question has a deeper meaning as well: are the hosts themselves “real” in any meaningful sense? I’m […]