Scary Movies by Women and More: Your Thursday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet


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Hello! Welcome to your daily roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.

Are you a Big Bird or an Oscar the Grouch? Since news of Caroll Spinney’s retirement broke yesterday, I have been pondering the two characters he played as a new formula for understanding the world. Oscars are the underdogs, Big Birds the extroverts. Everyone loves Big Bird, and yes, he would help you move apartments, but he might also invite you to his improv show. Oscar would never. Please email your defenses of either iconic puppet to popculture@nytimes.com.

The public apology of the day comes from the horror producer Jason Blum (“Get Out,” “The Purge), who pledged to do better after his comments in a Polygon interview drew criticism: “There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror.” To help him out, here are some excellent horror movies directed by women that you can stream at home:

• “American Psycho,” directed by Mary Harron, is a gory satire of capitalist masculinity, and is on Hulu.



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