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A Winning Romance Between Juiced-Up Bodybuilders

A Winning Romance Between Juiced-Up Bodybuilders

[ad_1] The meet-cute at the beginning of Love Lies Bleeding, a new thriller directed by Rose Glass, is sweet and refreshingly untraditional. Girl meets girl (at a bodybuilding gym); they strike up a conversation (and start giving each other steroid injections); they amble out together hand in hand (where they immediately flatten a couple of bros who aggressively hit on them). The girls are Lou (played by Kristen Stewart), the gym’s taciturn manager, whose nonchalance belies a dark, crime-ridden history, and Jackie (Katy O’Brian), a muscular workout bud who dreams of competitive weight lifting. Their romance is genuinely winning—crucial, given that Love Lies Bleeding subjects them to criminality, violence, and even a dash of paranormal body horror. That last aspect shouldn’t surprise anyone who saw Glass’s debut feature film, Saint Maud, which plunged the viewer into the mind of a home nurse plagued by biblical visions of angels and demons. Saint Maud’s protagonist was a spindly, religious health aide who imagined her body elongating and stretching in gory, supernatural ways. In Love Lies Bleeding, which …

Where Have All the Original Action Movies Gone?

Where Have All the Original Action Movies Gone?

[ad_1] Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle borrows from a lot of very recent spy-thriller history. Apple TV+ January 31, 2024, 2:35 PM ET I have to give some credit to Matthew Vaughn’s new film, Argylle, for one thing: It is not—repeat, not—based on anything. An action movie with a reported near–$200 million budget and no connection to any preexisting intellectual property should be thrilling, a glorious throwback to the days when big films could just be about people punching and shooting each other without referencing some other storytelling universe. But it’s been curious to watch the public perception of Argylle, which is being marketed as a mystery film, in the lead-up to its release. Surely this movie couldn’t be just another guns-blazing spy thriller? What is the twist at the heart of Argylle? Did Taylor Swift secretly write it? I will leave many of the movie’s largest plot swerves to be discovered by viewers, though I can at least say that Swift seemingly has no involvement. But the meta-narratives around Argylle are quite telling, indicating how unusual …

The Musk-Zuck Rivalry Isn’t Worth Your Time

The Musk-Zuck Rivalry Isn’t Worth Your Time

[ad_1] A plea to look away from the battling billionaires. Illustration by Paul Spella / The Atlantic; Sources: Bettmann / Getty; ALAIN JOCARD,ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP / Getty. August 14, 2023, 7:03 PM ET What follows is not news. Earlier today, Elon Musk furthered the narrative that he wishes to engage in hand-to-hand combat with Mark Zuckerberg, tweeting in such a way as to suggest that he was at Zuckerberg’s front door. (Previously, he called Zuckerberg a “chicken.”) By typing these words, I am complicit in what has been a months-long bit of posturing over the ridiculous premise that the pair will fight in a “cage match.” If you’re hearing this all for the first time, I apologize profoundly. My general framework for navigating modern life is to try to imagine, and then make sure to never bet against, the dumbest possible outcome. Thanks to our tech billionaires, it’s harder than ever to game out what that might mean. Would Musk and Zuckerberg sweatily groping each other among Etruscan ruins on pay-per-view constitute the dumbest …