More Than Clowns: Video Essay Explores Secret Theme of ‘It’

Bill Skarsgard in ‘It’/Image © Warner Bros

Editor's Note:

Now that we have ‘It,’ we’ll have all the incredible analyses of it as well, starting with this video essay. Get into this and more in today’s roundup.

Everyone may be focusing on the clowns — with some “It” fans attending the film in full greasepaint, and others complaining that the new adaptation is hurting their birthday party business — but the themes built into Stephen King’s masterpiece run far deeper. In a new video essay for ScreenCrush, movie expert Kevin Maher reveals how King’s watery imagery and plot points affect us on a symbolic and psychological level. This is by no means a stretch; it’s confirmed by the author himself in descriptions of his writing process, and demonstrated by his stand-in (stuttering Bill Denbrough) throughout. Enjoy the full video below!

Actor turned full-time conservative grouchypants James Woods took a swipe at the new gay romance “Call Me By Your Name” this weekend (which depicts a fledgling relationship between a seventeen-year-old and a twenty-four-year-old), claiming via Twitter that the film is part of a conspiracy to “chip away the last barriers of decency,” invoking concerns of pedophilia. One of the film’s stars, Armie Hammer, clapped back: “Didn’t you date a nineteen-year-old when you were sixty…….?” Though Hammer was kind enough to avoid mentioning it, People supplements their reporting with a reminder that Woods eventually ended the relationship in question … in favor of pursuing a partner who was even younger.

Amazingly, “Wonder Woman” has only yet begun to smash records. The fact that Patty Jenkins has been secured to direct the sequel means she’s now the highest-paid female director of all time, following intense negotiations in which the director fought for pay on the scale of her male contemporaries. The AV Club notes that her new pay rate is basically “on par with Zack Snyder’s quote after making ‘Man of Steel,'” setting a precedent for equal pay that all the major studios will find themselves compelled to acknowledge.

Celeste Ng’s new novel, Little Fires Everywhere, which draws from the author’s own high school experience, is already spreading like wildfire and earning critical raves. Buzzfeed is marking the book’s release with a lengthy excerpt you can read right now. “Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down,” Ng begins. You don’t have to wait to find out what happens next: the book is available everywhere as of today.