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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The Rise of Phoenixes (Tiānshèng Cháng Gē)

Appealing characters, dazzling costumes, lightning-fast martial arts – and a plot with so many twists and turns, you’ll need a notebook to keep track.

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Love is Blind

Not nearly as catty as The Bachelor and a lot less out there than Married at First Sight, it seems that love really might be blind after all — and this show’s ready to renew our faith in falling in love.

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Workin’ Moms

When you can’t make it out of the house to attend a support group for new moms, this can be a great substitute. By showing the human side of motherhood, the series helps normalize maternal ambivalence, “mommy guilt,” and the pressure many women feel to be “perfect” moms.

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The Painter and the Thief

An enthralling true story about forgiveness and redemption that plays with point of view – while ultimately leaving you on a hopeful note.

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His Dark Materials

An important coming-of-age story about the relationship between adults and children that’s relevant in any world.

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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

An inventive new comedy-drama for anyone that wants something insanely out of this world but also a little bit relatable.

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Mythic Quest

A fun comedy that’s surprisingly layered and balanced with genuine emotional beats. Gamers and non-gamers alike should have fun with the humor and eccentric characters who stick with you.

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Hulu Shrill Season 2 Catch-Up Recap

The critically acclaimed series starring Aidy Bryan returned for a second season with an arc of growth that finally lets her character Annie make some progress in her personal and professional life.

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