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TIFF 2017: ‘The Square’ Tackles Art and Class with Mordant Humor

Simon Howell
The Square Directed by Ruben Östlund Written by Ruben Östlund 2017/Sweden / Germany / France / Denmark In 2014, Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund took aim at masculinity and bourgeois hypocrisy through the prism of one man’s overriding self-interest in his black farce Force Majeure; with his Palme d’Or-winning The Square, he broadens...
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The Lodgers | A Twin Peaks Podcast, Episode 26: Me, a Tulpa?

Simon Howell
After a couple of weeks in which The Return taunted and tantalized viewers by holding back on incident, “Part 14” decided to blitz us with a ton of new, bizarre, and exciting developments. Dr. Sara Ann Swain rejoined Kate and Simon to help try to make sense of it all. Nuts are...
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In its final season, AMC’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ proves you don’t have to innovate to compel

Simon Howell
Mad Men was supposed to be a gamechanger. AMC’s landmark drama launched the careers of at least a half-dozen great actors, redefined the deployment of a period setting, and generally seemed to set up a template for future series to follow: find an interesting millieu, populate it with great actors,...
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The Lodgers | A Twin Peaks Podcast, Episode 24: Horne Under a Bad Sign

Simon Howell
Just in time for the episode that frustrated the broadest set of Twin Peaks viewers, New York Times / rogerebert.com writer Glenn Kenny (@Glenn_Kenny) joins us to tackle the upside of frustration, as well as many, many other tangents, including the show’s possible riffing on Lynch’s real-life persona and the new series’...