The Tuesday Zone: Zack Snyder, ‘Watchmen’, and Misplaced Loyalty

Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (2009) is complicated. To start, three people reading this might think of three different things when they read “Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (2009).” The first might recall the movie that ran in theaters; the second, the Director’s Cut; and the third—say, a brilliant person who read my article from last month—the set of media and experiences that includes the…

The Tuesday Zone: The Cloverfield Cinematic Universe

I went to see Transformers in an enormous Montreal cinema when it debuted in 2007. Although I left the theater with little to say about the movie itself, my brain was still on fire from a teaser trailer that ran before it. Bad Robot, J. J. Abrams’ production company, crafted the perfect ad, one so mysterious that it drove the viewer…

The Tuesday Zone: Queer Weimar Cinema

Introduction If you heard that in 1871, the newly-formed Germany passed a statute criminalizing homosexual acts between men, would you be surprised? Probably not. Such laws were on the books in parts of the United States until 2003, after all (Lawrence v. Texas). What about if you heard that in 1867, someone petitioned the statute, explaining that…

The Tuesday Zone: ‘Turbo Kid’ (2015)

Turbo Kid (2015) is a love letter to bygone pop culture of the 1980s, and as such it would have been lost in my junk mail had SciFriday writer Sarah not recommended it. I enjoy the synth-pop aesthetic and neon-laden color palettes, but I never invested much of my life in Turbo Kid‘s antecedents. Further, when I think of other recent…

The Tuesday Zone: ‘Tangerine’ (2015)

Tangerine is one of 2015’s indie darlings, a brisk tale of a young woman recently released from prison only to find out her boyfriend/pimp has been cheating on her. The casting of a transgender woman of color, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, as the protagonist and the use of an iPhone as the camera made the most waves. While those…