“It has absolutely no message,” said Ridley Scott of Alien when it was first released in 1979. “It works on a very visceral level and its only point is terror, and more terror.” Somewhere along the line, however, he seems to have had a change of heart, for by the time he got around to making the prequels, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, Scott had decided that they very much did have a message — a big one (the biggest of all, in fact).
‘What a strange girl you are,” Cate Blanchett told Rooney Mara in Todd Haynes’s Carol, “flung out of space.” The line seems destined for Mara’s Oscar epitaph reel, if there are still Oscars or a movie industry when it comes time for that. That may seem morbid, but then Mara, in films from The Social Network to this year’s A Ghost Story, has carved out a career between the elfin and the spooky, with brief pit stops at alien and otherworldly.
The question hovering over Thomson’s book is thus: Does the thesis gain strength for being narrower in focus? Thomson’s book is part of Yale’s excellent Jewish Lives series, which has Gabler himself on Barbra Streisand and Molly Haskell on Steven Spielberg. Thomson is a British critic whose powers of thumbnail portraiture and plush, velveteen critical judgment — his “Biographical Dictionary of Film” is a must for film fans — are on vivid display as he brings the brothers to life.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".