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Short film explores legendary entomologists’ decades-long relationship and contributions to the study of insects

“The Love Bugs,” an award-winning short documentary, answers that question. Co-directed and produced by Allison Otto and Maria Clinton, it follows the nonagenarians as they face old age, health problems and the wind-down of their scientific careers.

The O’Briens decided to donate more than 1,200 drawers of preserved insects to Arizona State University, and endowed professorships devoted to identifying and naming new insect species. It’s a massive undertaking that more than doubled the university’s collection, and a bittersweet one for the devoted couple.

The film explores their relationship, their bugs — including about 1 million weevils — and what the collection means to science. The university is digitizing the painstakingly preserved collection, which contains previously unknown species. Charlie O’Brien identified over half of the insects in the collection, a process that can take hundreds of hours per species.

But the documentary is about more than insects. It’s about love: Love

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In ‘Small Axe,’ Steve McQueen Explores Britain’s Caribbean Heritage

It took Steve McQueen a long time to make a film about Black life in Britain.

“I needed to understand myself, where I came from,” the director said of his new project, “Small Axe.” “Sometimes, you’ve got to have a certain maturity, and I wouldn’t have had that 10, 15 years ago.”

McQueen, who was born in West London to Grenadian and Trinidadian parents, is one of Britain’s most gifted and garlanded Black filmmakers. He’s best known to American audiences as the director of the star-studded “Widows” from 2018 and “12 Years a Slave,” in 2013, for which he became the first Black director of a best picture Oscar winner. When he collected that trophy, McQueen was already developing the drama project with the BBC that would become “Small Axe.”

Six years later, McQueen is debuting not one, but five films about various aspects of London’s West Indian community, set

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Film expert explores horror movie genre during Halloween season

Robert Saucedo knows his horror movies. As programming director for Alamo Drafthouse, Saucedo is an expert in all things cinema, and the scary movie genre is no different. Alamo Drafthouse hosts a months-long scary movie celebration each fall, paying homage to the monsters, ghosts, ghouls, slashers, demons and aliens that have terrified audiences since the inception of film.

Saucedo shared his insight on the horror film genre and explored some of the more subtle nuances of a scary film.

The horror genre is arguably one of the most versatile film genres. You have campy films like “Evil Dead,” but you also have powerful social commentaries like “Get Out” and everything in between. You don’t see that swath in romantic comedies, for example. Why do you think horror films have such a broad scope?

People watch horror films for a lot of different reasons. Some watch them to be scared; some

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Immortals Fenyx Rising Explores The Greek Gods As If They Were A Family On Reality TV

Following my four-hour hands-on preview with the game, I was a bit surprised to see just how narrative-driven Immortals Fenyx Rising is. The opening hours of the game set up a young hero striving to find their worth in their older brother’s shadow, four siblings stripped of their individuality, and two father figures sitting down to see how the whole story will play out. Like narrative director Jeffrey Yohalem told me, “This game is about a family.”

This is why Immortals largely focuses on Zues, Aphrodite, Athena, Ares, Hermes, and Hephaestus–the six represent a single family unit within the much larger Greek pantheon. “All of [them] are the direct family members of Zeus except for Aphrodite, but she’s a daughter-in-law and kind of an adopted daughter,” Yohalem said. “For me, this encapsulated that idea of family, with Zeus as the head.”

It’s not unheard of for video games to use

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