Serena Williams Is the Greatest—Vann R. Newkirk on how the player’s record-tying championship at Wimbledon means as much for the world outside of tennis as it does for the sport itself.
One Secret Ingredient of Great B-Movies—Lenika Cruz analyzes how so-bad-they’re-good cult films The Room, Birdemic, and Samurai Cop all feature the same thing: American small talk written by foreign filmmakers.
How the CIA Hoodwinked Hollywood—Nicholas Schou reveals how the agency has wooed filmmakers, producers, and actors in order to present a rosy portrait of its operations to the American public.
Hey, Look, the New Ghostbusters Didn’t Kill Ghostbusters—Megan Garber discusses how films aren’t, and have never been, a zero-sum game.
UnREAL’s Surprisingly Sober Look at Violence—Megan Garber considers how the Lifetime drama, having explored gender and race, trained its focus on abuse and assault in its most recent episode.
Make It or Break It Is Pre-Olympics Gold—Megan Garber revisits the soap opera, which, in more detail than news coverage ever could, explores the human dramas on balance in elite gymnastics.