Max Cea
Max Cea

Max Cea is a freelance writer whose work has been published by Grantland,, Salon, Spin and more. He is based in New York.

Jan. 11, 2018

James Franco’s handling of these sexual misconduct allegations isn’t heroic — it’s manipulative

The Golden Globe-winning actor said recently that he won't "actively refute" claims that he's behaved inappropriately, but describes the accounts as "not accurate."

Dec. 26, 2017

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread,’ love and exploitation go hand in hand

But that dynamic actually works for the two characters involved.
Dec. 5, 2017

Tonya Harding is an antihero in ‘I, Tonya.’ But the American public is the villain.

Director Craig Gillespie looks at our nation's endless appetite for scandal and disgrace in his latest film.
Dec. 1, 2017

Know how the Oscars can address Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandals? Start with a female host.

If the academy wants to rise to the occasion, they'd have the best shot by making women the focus of the 2018 Oscars.
Nov. 30, 2017

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ is a stunning fairy tale about being seen

The fantasy director's latest feature opens in select theaters on Dec. 1.
Nov. 28, 2017

Could 2018 be the year Kendrick Lamar finally wins a Grammy for album of the year?

The critically acclaimed rapper has already lost out on the big award twice, but he might get over the finish line with his latest album, 'Damn.'

Nov. 24, 2017

Q&A: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve doesn’t want to live in 2017, either

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker opens up about his thoughts on technology, what goes into building a fictional future and what lies ahead for us in the real world.
Nov. 14, 2017

Actor Caleb Landry Jones has had a stellar year — and he did it by tapping into white rage on-screen

Jones has brought a potent and particular kind of menace to some of 2017's most talked-about projects, including 'Get Out' and 'Twin Peaks: The Return.'
Nov. 11, 2017
Nov. 2, 2017

Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ is a reminder that “white working class” doesn’t just mean one thing

In her solo directorial and writing debut, Gerwig shows us a white working-class family that doesn't play into the narratives that have loomed over 2017.
Oct. 28, 2017

George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ tries to tell a clever story about race relations. It fails.

Clooney's latest film comes from an old Coen brothers script that he updated with a subplot about bigotry — but neither story satisfies.

Oct. 27, 2017

Here’s a chart showing the age gaps between romantic partners in Woody Allen’s movies

The still-in-the-works 'A Rainy Day in New York' is just the latest example of an Allen film that involves a relationship between a middle-aged man and a much younger woman.
Oct. 19, 2017

Now is actually the perfect time for Louis CK’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’

The comedian and auteur's new film deals with questions of consent and sexual power dynamics in show business — and that's exactly the kind of story we could use right now.
Oct. 16, 2017

Eminem’s Trump trashing went viral — but he’s not the only pop star tearing into the president

Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, The National, Marc Anthony and Lupe Fiasco have also recently lobbed insults at the commander-in-chief.