Tag Archives: Scarlett Johansson


Spoilers below. Don’t read if you didn’t watch the movie! There’s a built-in bathroom break thirty minutes into Avengers: Age of Ultron. The whole team winds down a cocktail party with a game of “Who Can Lift Thor’s Hammer?” Usually the blooper reel isn’t edited into the movie itself, but I sensed director-writer Joss Whedon and […]


Twenty years ago, Tom Hanks fell in love with Meg Ryan’s disembodied voice. Sleepless in Seattle sidestepped some traditional rom-com tropes—the leads don’t even kiss!—but still built to the moment when Ryan’s spirit becomes a realized woman. Spike Jonze now takes this to the next level: loner Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his operating system. […]

Always a Bride, Never a Bridesmaid

“Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?” Last week writer Mark Harris lamented about the “deplorable state” of the Best Actress race this year, arguing that by having a lineup of women who have already won awards (either in lead or supporting), we miss some of the lesser-known, yet […]