Hongwei Bao on the film and media crackdown in China and the country’s official attitude toward culture.
Brian Hu on the Asian American hero documentary, its sub-genre of the “intersectional hero film,” and invocations of solidarity.
Girish Shambu highlights three activist-minded, grassroots streaming projects that were launched during the pandemic.
Shannon Kelley pays tribute to Liza Minnelli and analyzes her unshakeable appeal.
Gina Marchetti on the various ways in which China marks Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland”.
Linnéa J. Hussein on the ethical meaning and significance of masks on screen.
Marc Francis offers a mock-treatment of a mockumentary about Barr and Trump’s faux investigation.
Christina N. Baker on the rare phenomenon of Black characters finding love on screen.
Eugene “Joey” Albin and Julie A. Ward on the parallels between the imagined Viking past of “Midsommar” and the racist, nationalist myths held up by neo-Confederates in the USA.
Marc Francis on the resurgence of drive-ins, and the possibilities they hold.