5 Wes Anderson Movies to Watch ahead of 'Isle of Dogs'

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Your guide to understanding Wes Anderson movies. After an interminable four-year wait, the new Wes Anderson movie is here at last: Isle of Dogs, Anderson’s ninth film and second stop-motion animated effort, releases March 23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt__kig8PVU It’s been 22 years since Anderson’s feature debut Bottle Rocket, and in the years since, he’s become an indie film institution. With an aesthetic that even the most untrained viewer of cinema can spot 100 miles away, Anderson has developed one of the most unique voices in cinema history. For those unfamiliar with this maverick’s world, here are five Wes Anderson movies that should be viewed and savored before you sail to the Isle of Dogs. 1. Rushmore (1998) Anderson’s second film, and first to gain real critical and box-office attention, is the story of absurdly overachieving and universally loathed teenager Max Fischer (played by Jason Schwartzman in his first major role) and his        …read more

Lara Croft Is Back with a Vengeance in the New 'Tomb Raider'

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What to expect as Alicia Vikander takes over for Angelina Jolie in the new ‘Tomb Raider.’ Some of my earliest memories of video games aren’t of actually playing them. I have a distinct recollection of watching my childhood friend’s eldest sister playing the ’90s Tomb Raider series on their PlayStation. The original Tomb Raider games were iconic, famed as much for their imaginative stories as for their gameplay. It’s no surprise that over two decades down the line, Hollywood is rebooting the franchise on the big screen for the second time. But the kid version of me probably also intuited something more significant than the simple thrill of the stories. The fact that boys and girls were playing games with strong female protagonists probably struck me as an exciting change from the standardized boyish world of ’90s mainstream video games. In the hyper-macho world of other first-person shooters like Duke        …read more

'Jane' Explores Legacy of Incomparable, Unstoppable Jane Goodall

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‘Jane’ draws from over 100 hours of unseen footage of Jane Goodall at work with chimps in the ’60s. Few films today let you simply travel with someone into parts unknown. Thanks to the documentary Jane, a new generation of animal lovers can learn more about the world’s most famous paleontologist, Jane Goodall, who revealed that we aren’t much different from our closest living relative, the chimpanzee. Using 100 hours of footage hidden from view until now, director Brett Morgen highlights scenes from Goodall’s groundbreaking discoveries about chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania,  in the ’60s and blends them with recent interviews of the 83-year-old Jane Goodall. Goodall reflects in the film: “I wanted to do things men did and women didn’t. I wanted to talk to animals, like Doctor Dolittle, and move among them without fear, like Tarzan.” That fortitude to step into the habitat of animals who could easily rip her head        …read more

6 Extreme Students of Method Acting and Their Iconic Roles

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Enduring everything from broken noses to life-threatening weight loss, these students of method acting became characters you know and love. Over the years, so-called “method acting” has gained a mythical status as the actor’s philosopher’s stone, a badge of honor earned only by those committed enough to go without sleep, shelter, food — whatever it takes — to inhabit the mind, body and soul of their character. Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Daniel Day Lewis… For many of the greatest names in Hollywood, you name it, they have done it — the full nine yards — to truly become the person we see on-screen. The glamour and prestige afforded those who take the leap are understandable when we think of the endurance and feats of mental strength involved in, say, never breaking character as Abraham Lincoln, or losing 60 pounds only to regain it in six weeks. It takes true commitment        …read more

Tarot Practitioners Introduce Us to Their Favorite Tarot Decks

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Different readers favor different tarot decks. Understanding why helps show the complexity of this art form and divination medium. Last fall, I found myself excited about a new tarot deck coming out. Christy C. Road had started work on her Next World Tarot years ago, and I’d been intrigued by it ever since. The cards are all beautiful, featuring her unique style of detailed illustrations as well as people of many races, sizes, abilities and ages. The cards are also a little larger than average, making them feel more like individual works of art, and also making them feel different when handling them for a reading. I was in love with the idea of the deck (I luckily received it as a gift before it sold out). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7i3j_TN_Lk Over a decade after my introduction to tarot decks, I still find myself unsure about what makes a deck quite “right” for        …read more

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Is as Groundbreaking as the Banned Book

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ opens March 9. Here’s why both the book and the feature film are such important milestones. In 1963 Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s novel A Wrinkle in Time won the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious prize in children’s literature. The book was adapted to a TV miniseries in 2003, but given the book’s literary and commercial success, it’s surprising that it’s taken nearly six decades to make its way to the big screen. Finally, on March 9 Ava DuVernay’s highly anticipated film adaptation will hit theaters across the country and world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4U3TeY2wtM But the stars aligned, because there’s no better director than DuVernay to transform the iconic middle grade book into a feature film that’s just as groundbreaking as its inspiration. Meg Murry, the young protagonist of A Wrinkle in Time, has frequently been hailed as one of the most inspiring heroines of fiction — so it couldn’t        …read more

Inside Jane Goodall’s Tireless Fight to Save the Environment

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Jane Goodall explains why she still has hope the environment can be saved, and why we all need to be active participants. Renowned primatologist, anthropologist, activist and feminist icon Dr. Jane Goodall is now 83 years old, but to say that age hasn’t slowed her down would be the understatement of the century. Goodall spends approximately 300 days each year traveling all over the globe, keeping up a steady schedule of speaking engagements that educate people about threats to the environment and the steps we can take to be part of the solution. On March 12 the documentary Jane premieres on National Geographic. Drawing from over 100 hours of footage that had been forgotten for decades, the documentary brings viewers back to the very beginning of Goodall’s career. She arrived in Gombe, Tanzania, in 1960 at the age of 26, with no formal scientific training or education. But what Goodall        …read more

6 Life Hacks from The Dude

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The Coen brothers’ cult favorite ‘The Big Lebowski’ turns 20 on March 6. Celebrate with these important life lessons from The Dude. Jeff Lebowski is a man for his time and place — 1991, Los Angeles. But he doesn’t call himself by the handle his loving parents gave him. He calls himself The Dude, Duder, His Dudeness, or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. But is The Dude a bumbling burnout or a Zen master? If you think he’s a mere stoner, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man. I happen to think there’s a lot to be learned from The Dude’s approach to life, and I’m not the only one. New shit has come to light. For instance, did you know The Big Lebowski has its own religion called Dudeism, making it literally a cult film? And an annual Lebowski Fest attended by self-described Achievers        …read more

There's Love! Doug Jones Dives Deep into 'The Shape of Water' and His Incredible Career

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An intimate look into the wonderful mind (and body) of actor Doug Jones. Doug Jones is not just one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood. He’s also played some of the most iconic and memorable characters and creatures we’ve ever seen, from his dual roles in Pan’s Labyrinth as the Pale Man and Pan to Hellboy’s gentlemanly Abe Sapien to Star Trek: Discovery’s cautious Saru to The Shape Of Water’s Amphibian Man. If you’ve ever watched a sci-fi, horror or fantasy film or show, you’ve likely seen Doug Jones. And even if you’re not a fan of those genres, you’ve probably seen his work as some of the most quirky and unforgettable characters in commercials. I had the privilege of getting to know Doug Jones when we worked together on Mime Very Own Book, an IPPY Award–winning coffee table book we wrote along with the wildly talented Scott Allen        …read more

7 Worst Oscar Blunders of All Time

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They’re back! On March 4, the 90th Academy Awards are here to frustrate us again with undeserving winners. I distinctly remember watching the Oscars in early 1983 and crying when Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi won Best Picture over Steven Spielberg’s E.T. I was a sad, bitter 11-year-old. I had no Twitter to amplify my angst to an unsuspecting world about this obvious Oscar blunder, but the sour taste of defeat still resonates 35 years later. Hollywood producers originally founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the 1920s as a reaction to the cries for unionization in the age of 20-hour workdays. The producers thought at the time the Academy would function as kind of a house union, but it never worked out that way. Instead the Academy, while functioning as an important champion of film preservation, is known primarily for its annual awards ceremony. And for 90 years,        …read more