Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around


Kristen Stewart

Review: Equals

Jul 14 // Hubert Vigilla
[embed]220427:42901:0[/embed] EqualsDirector: Drake DoremusRating: PG-13Release Date: July 15, 2016 (limited) In order to maintain a tranquilized world, the characters of Equals avoid intimate contact with one another, living alone in apartments that are modular and compartmentalized to maximize space. Everything has a kind of mechanical efficiency, including the way people walk purposefully like automatons. We're told of a wild outside world early in the film as Silas (Nicholas Hoult) works on images for a book of speculative non-fiction. He begins to show symptoms of emotions, which the world of the film refers to as "switched on syndrome" or SOS. High-level SOS is considered terminal. Part of Silas' SOS is rooted in his growing attraction to co-worker Nia (Kristen Stewart). Stewart's withdrawn and wounded gaze suggests she may be going through the same surge of emotions. They give in to this growing desire, because if two centuries of dystopian literature has taught us anything, love, sex, and the basic biological imperatives of lust offer some private liberation--an act of rebellion, even-- from the prisons that characters have imposed upon them. The world of Equals is a world of individuals kept apart but level through drugs and the trappings of an egalitarian society, which gives Silas and Nia's trysts in a company bathroom an added charge. Being human: it's messy, it's clumsy, but it feels great sometimes. Silas and Nia are essentially a pair of gaga-eyed teens, and they exchange the kind of first-love niceties you'd have with a high school boyfriend or girlfriend. Their words have an embarrassing earnestness to them, but it's because the words hang between them, connect them, and bring them closer together. Their fear of getting caught leads them to a sympathetic band of SOS patients who can offer sympathy and maybe even a way out. This all sounds a little too familiar, sure, and the clean aesthetic and cool-to-warm color scheme are predictable, albeit so competently often effectively executed. It's the nature of the subject matter and the long history of tropes associated with dystopias; the same goes for science fiction about deadening or mastering human emotions. Director Drake Doremus and screenwriter Nathan Parker don't bring much novelty to their future world, and yet I found something potent in the way Equals explored the stigmatization of depression, much of which is self-imposed. When Silas' co-workers discover he has SOS, they treat him as if he's got an infectious disease. They isolate him so they won't catch what he has, and he internalizes this aversion, which seems to increase his degree of SOS; isolation begetting isolation. People who conceal their undiagnosed SOS are called "hiders," a not too subtle reference. Equals is something of a cutter narrative or teenage depression narrative with just a touch, however chintzy, of Romeo and Juliet. While the world Silas and Nia inhabit is superficially utopian but a dystopia within, characters with SOS are inwardly depressed or dysphoric but forced to hide beneath an even-keeled veneer. They're the perfect kinds of citizens for this medicated hellscape. It's those little things that made Equals enjoyable. Its metaphor held solid while I acknowledge the elements surrounding it seemed shaky. If not shaky, then maybe too similar to things I've seen before. But again we have that outer/inner distinction that I've continually mentioned in this review. On the outside Equals is your standard-issue dystopian yarn with just a little bit of love for the misfit teenage set, but within there's something different and more messily human than the surface suggests.
Review: Equals photo
Star-crossed depression and dystopia
Any society that appears outwardly utopian is really just a nicely packaged dystopia. The orgiastic bacchanal of Logan's Run was really just an ugly form of institutionalized ignorance and population control. Gattaca was a st...

 photo

Universal lost $70 million from The Huntsman: Winter's War


That's what losing 70 million looks like
May 09
// Rick Lash
Universal Studios, the folks that brought you nearly SEVEN BILLION dollars worth of brain food last year with hits like Jurassic World, Fast & Furious 7 and Minions may lose as much as $70 million dollars, according to Va...
 photo

Kristen Stewart joins Kelly Reichardt's new project


Can we finally accept that she's talented now?
Mar 02
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson should no longer be referred to as "Twilight stars", as they've both stolen the show in multiple movies since then (see Clouds of Sils Maria and The Rover). Now Stewart has been cast in Ke...
Snow White 2 photo
Snow White 2

Frank Darabont in talks to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2, Stewart not returning


Jun 30
// Nick Valdez
Consider me a bit more interested in Snow White and the Huntsman And Their Sequel. First of all, this story allows me to revive one of my favorite headers, and secondly, everything but Kristen Stewart was good in the first fi...

 photo

MGM continuing Twilight without Pattinson or Stewart


OMG WTF no more R-Patz K-Stew Robsten Pattinswart ohs noes!!!
Oct 18
// Xander Markham
Everyone loves R-Patz and K-Stew, correct? Him with his stupid hair and shiny face, her with her grumbly countenance and sloppy posture. Truly, 'tis a love story for the ages, except for when she cheated on him with a forty-y...
 photo

Trailer: Breaking Dawn Part 2


It's the "final" final trailer. For realsies this time.
Sep 10
// Nick Valdez
I am so glad that I decided to use quotations when I described the last "final" trailer. This new "final" final trailer has a lot of the same footage as the previous one (it even shares the same thumbnail!), but it comes wit...
 photo

[Update: Deadline reports that Universal has denied THR's original story, stating that there's no truth to reports that Stewart has been dropped from the potential sequel. This could still mean that Universal is just trying t...

 photo

Trailer: On the Road


Aug 06
// Geoff Henao
The second trailer for the On the Road adaptation has emerged. While sharing some of the same scenes as in the first trailer, the editing makes it feel more lively and upbeat. Reviews out of Cannes were pretty mixed for the highly-anticipated film, but my reservations will be held until the film is released in theaters around Christmas time. Is anybody else as excited about the film as I am?
 photo

You will believe a werewolf wants to bang a child


Jun 22
// Alex Katz
In case you've forgotten, the final entry in the Twilight series features a werewolf(Tay-Lautes) that falls in love with a child(Mackenzie Foy) with the absolutely normal name of Renesemee. Photographic evidence is above...
 photo

New character posters for Snow White and the Huntsman


May 01
// Liz Rugg
Is it just me, or is Charlize Theron's Queen Ravenna already stealing the show in Snow White and the Huntsman? Her poster is way cooler than Kristen Stewart's or Chris Hemsworth's bland character posters, and in the trailers ...
 photo

Kristen Stewart has nothing to say, surprising no one


Oct 19
// Sean Walsh
WorstPreviews caught up with Twilight wunderkind Kristen Stewart at a press conference for Welcome to the Rileys and asked about the American remake of Martyrs and the sequel to Wanted, both movies Stewart has been rumor...

Auto-loading more stories ... un momento, corazón ...