Friday, Nov. 11, 2022

Chinonye Chukwu has found that at times the most profound way into a story can be the path less--or even never before--traveled as reflected in her taking a detour from the conventional protagonist perspective in the last two features she directed, Clemency (2019) and now Till...

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022

Marilyn Monroe's on-screen costumes are almost as iconic as her. Think of the hot pink strapless gown she wore to sing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Or the white halter cocktail dress that billowed up over a subway grate in "The Seven Year Itch."

They have been recreated,...

Monday, Sep. 26, 2022

Marilyn Monroe has been dead for 60 years, but there is still a kind of madness around her that remains. Just look at the frenzied discourse around "Blonde," an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' fictional portrait of the Hollywood star that has yet to be seen by the general public.

There...

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

What a dream it must be to be Marilyn Monroe, a starstruck assistant tells her. "Everyone would give their right arm to be you!"

And we cringe, as we'll do many times during Andrew Dominik's brutal, bruising and often beautiful "Blonde," starring a heartbreaking Ana de Armas. This time,...

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2022

Andrew Dominik had been trying to make a movie about Marilyn Monroe for over a decade.

The film wouldn't be a biopic, but an experiential portrait delving into the psyche of Marilyn Monroe and Norma Jeane. It kept falling apart, but the New Zealand native couldn't let it go. Then he found...

Monday, Aug. 29, 2022

Cinema's biggest stars just seem to shine a bit brighter at the Venice International Film Festival, which begins this week in the Northern Italian city.

Think of Lady Gaga, a woman who has never shied away from a grand entrance, somehow topping even herself delicately perched over the...

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