I reviewed It Follows this week. It’s quite good! (The movie, I mean. Not my review, which is, at best, passable.) You should check it out. One of the things I really liked about the flick is how basic the horror at the center of the plot is: If you have sex with someone being followed by It—a phantasm of sorts that can take the form of anyone and cannot be stopped—It will now follow you and, if It catches you before you have sex with someone else to pass along the curse, It will kill you.
This sort of action is so bare bones that it can be interpreted virtually anyway you like.* As I joked with a friend, it’s the film that will launch a thousand dissertations.
But before the dissertations will come the think pieces. Allow me to suggest a few think pieces that would be perfect for It Follows, as well as the outlets to which you should pitch them.
Anyone who has visited a public art gallery can appreciate the acuteness of observation in one of my favorite Onion articles, “Whole Museum Visit Spent Feeling Guilty About Moving On From Paintings”
It Follows is the best throwback to ’80s slasher flicks since the Me Decade ended. Eschewing the self-aware humor of Scream and Cabin in the Woods and skipping the camp qualities that marred so many of the reboots and re-imaginings and homages of recent years, It Follows embraces the horrifying nature of unstoppable, implacable evil.
The former boss of the Kremlin’s Washington-based media empire has been sentenced to a year of supervised release for his 2013 tax fraud conviction, in which he admitted to cooking the books at RT America by filing over $1 million in phony tax deductions.
Jonathan V. Last—one of my favorite people and the editor of the truly fantastic essay collection, The Seven Deadly Virtues—suggested the other day that the Mission: Impossible franchise is, pound for pound, the best franchise ever. EVER. He doubled down on that assertion the next day, suggesting that the breadth of styles within the MI film series, combined with the fact that it had no Crystal Skull-style embarrassments, should lead us to rank it highly.
This did not seem accurate to me. So I decided to engage in some data journalism! What does The Science tell us about which franchise is best?
A few thoughts, first:
The TED Magic becomes apparent when the decapitated head of Bina Rothblatt, wife of Sirius XM CEO Martine Rothblatt (née Martin), appears on a gigantic screen at the Vancouver Convention Centre (sic).
Students at Lexington High School in Massachusetts will be able to hold an “American Pride” dance despite initial objections from school administrators over what they viewed as an exclusionary theme. “We’re supporting that student decision,” Lexington High School Principal Laura Lasa told Fox News. “We’re going forward with supporting their theme of American Pride.”
Israeli model and former IDF fitness trainer Gal Gadot has been chosen by Gucci to be the new face of its line of fragrances.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice took to Twitter to mourn the death of famous Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, even though he died two years ago.