In this series, Team FC scours the best of the internet every week to bring you a list of great reads, watches and more, from the world of film and entertainment.
Sad Dad Space Movies: A Taxonomy
“Are you really a dad if you have not ventured sadly into space, leaving your children behind, blinking forlornly into the sun?” This is the question critic Rachel Handler asks in this essay, which studies the various ways space films have depicted (sad) fathers. You can read it here.
Lorelai from Gilmore Girls: More Than The “Cool Mom”
This video essay analyses the character of Lorelai Gilmore from the ageless 2000s show Gilmore Girls. Lorelai is a single mom and many blame her for her once-perfect daughter Rory’s questionable choices as a young adult. This video mounts a defence of TV’s original ‘cool mom’.
Yeh Dil Maange Gore: On Marriage & Homicide in Haseen Dillruba (and Elsewhere)
Film historian Jai Arjun Singh writes a short piece on the literary/cinematic trope of intertwining marriage/love and violence/gore, seen most recently in Haseen Dillruba and previously in films like Hannibal and Aamis. You can read the essay here.
Billie Eilish On Her Upcoming Album, Happier Than Ever
In this interview, rising pop star Billie Eilish discusses her forthcoming album, how she picks singles and how she would like fans to listen to the new songs when they come out (in a car!).
Marvel Villains, Ranked by Hotness
How do you pick your favourite MCU villain? One very reliable criterion is, obviously, pure oomph. The sub-categories are “Not Hot”, “Kind of Hot?” and “Hot”. This is a list to be debated seriously and analysed minutely. May the sexy wars begin. You can read it here.