Like the best romantic comedies, Bridget Jones’s Diary is about more than just falling in love

As a lifelong lover of the much-maligned romantic comedy, I’ve always found it funny when people dismiss the genre as being too “unrealistic.” Those detractors aren’t necessarily wrong—they’re just mistaking a feature for a bug. Rom-coms aren’t aiming for realism and failing. They’re purposefully utilizing a…

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Star Wars: Episode IX can fill Leia’s absence by embracing its forgotten queen

In a 2017 Vanity Fair profile on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, producer Kathleen Kennedy shared a story about Carrie Fisher’s final day on set: “The minute she finished,” Kennedy explains, “she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison [Ford] was front and center on VII, and Mark…

The Crown’s second season finale is an imperfect sendoff to a phenomenal group of actors

“Mystery Man” isn’t just the end of The Crown’s second season, it’s the end of an era. This is the last time we’ll see Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and this group of performers before they regenerate into older versions of themselves for the next two seasons. (I’m not sure if any of the supporting players will be sticking…

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One, two princes kneel before you as The Crown sings the British boarding school blues

Before we dive into “Paterfamilias”—which is a strong episode with some fascinating things to say about masculinity and fatherhood—let’s talk about this season of The Crown as a whole. With episodes devoted to Philip, Margaret, Tony, Edward, and even more obscure historical figures like Lord Altrincham, it feels like…