Xoan-Carlos Leon

Xoan-Carlos (XC) Leon is a former writer for the Financial Times and currently a UK-based financial editor at a US investment bank. A Film Studies minor, XC has a longstanding interest in European and Latin America film and manages several social media sites specializing on the film of Wes Anderson.
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The French Dispatch

This is the most Andersonian of Wes Anderson’s movies so far, and arguably his most ambitious work to date. If you haven’t enjoyed his movies in the past The French Dispatch might not be for you.

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Industry

Industry is a series fueled by greed, drugs, sex, and money, and provides all of these ingredients in Federal Reserve-sized quantities. There’s never a dull moment.

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What to Watch This Weekend: August 12th-14th

The Watercooler Picks for the weekend of August 12th-14th are all based on true stories or historical events, and there’s one for every mood and co-viewer.

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A League of Their Own (2022)

A fun, heartfelt, and inclusive take on America’s favorite pastime, the new A League of Their Own series is also a history lesson that makes for a great cross-generational watch.

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Prey

An action-packed gory callback to its original film, Predator, Prey brings a fresh point of view and historical setting to the story.  It builds slowly to develop character backstories but crescendos in an epic battle that will keep you glued to the screen — and rooting for the unlikely protagonist.

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What to Watch This Weekend – July 28th-31st

It’s late July and you need an escape — maybe even an escape from you vacation escape. We’ve found the best five new shows for every mood.

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Nope

Nope is a uniquely crafted horror film that brings together a creative premise, striking visuals, and terrific performances.

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What to Watch This Weekend: Comic-Con Special Edition

Comic-Con is going to be a major watercooler topic this weekend, but if you can’t be there we’ve got some recommendations to get you over the FOMO.

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Why You Should Watch Abducted in Plain Sight

With director Skye Borgman’s latest documentary, Girl in the Picture, now available on Netflix, we decided to revisit her most famous documentary, Abducted in Plain Sight.

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What to Watch This Weekend: July 15-17

Our weekly streaming picks for the weekend of July 15 feature a handful of literary adaptations and one standout reality series.

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Physical

Physical is an in-depth character piece that can be uncomfortable at times, but thanks to Rose Byrne’s performance and the totally awesome period setting it’s a fascinating watch.

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Loki Episode 3 Recap: “Lamentis”

In our Episode 3 recap, Loki reveals himself to his “match” – Sylvie. Has she enchanted him with her spell? Will they fall in love? Will they team up to destroy the world or save it?

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Beautiful Thing and the Importance of LGBTQ Representation

As much about a class as it is about sexuality, Beautiful Thing bucked tradition by focusing on working class teens coming out. Even now, 25 years after its release, it is an intersection rarely depicted on-screen.

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Ted Lasso

Earning the most Emmy nominations for a freshman comedy, Ted Lasso delivered the role model we didn’t know we needed, and proved that upbeat comedy can win over critics, academy voters, and fans across the generations and political divides.

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The Watercooler Guide to Tuca & Bertie

A sleeper hit with a cult following that’s grown across social media, the animated grown-up comedy starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong drops its third season July 10th, 2022 — this time on HBO Max. The clever one-of-a-kind show was canceled by Netflix before making an unlikely return on Adult Swim. Here’s what you need

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The Best James Bond Movies to Stream (According to My Dad)

In honor of Father’s Day, I interviewed my dad about his favorite James Bond movies and why you should stream them.

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Celebrate Pride with this LGBTQ Watch List

With an explosion in representation over the past decade, coupled with the advent of streaming, LGBTQ audiences are spoiled for choice in a way we never were before.

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Loki Recap Episode 2: “The Variant”

Loki’s second episode demonstrates that there’s still a lot more to learn about the Time Variance Authority and this new corner of the MCU. It might even bring up more questions than it answers.

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Lisey’s Story

Lisey’s Story is an enchanting, frightening tale of magic and memory that’s in the upper echelon of Stephen King adaptations.

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