Tierra Whack Breaks Reality in 'Cypher'

The word “cypher” has two definitions. In hip-hop culture, a cypher is a gathering of rappers who stand in a circle and take turns freestyling. It also defines a hidden code or secret writing — in World War II, for example, spies would often communicate using cyphers. Tierra Whack plays with both meanings in her…

Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman Get Into Character

For the majority of filmmaker Todd Haynes’ career, he’s been preoccupied with who we are, how we become and how those answers are inevitably tied to actresses. But it’s a two-pronged notion of actresses: both the cinematic firmament of Julianne Moore or Cate Blanchett (and their quasi-celluloid ancestors Deborah Kerr and Lauren Bacall), but also…