Every Language Everywhere All at Once

As our choices for films and television shows made around the world increase in the streaming era, so do the challenges of translation. Rafael Motamayor explores the art — and complicated process — of translating foreign content for international viewers.

We are far removed from the days of flagrant cultural erasure through dubbing — Pokémon once tried to pass off a Japanese rice ball as a “jelly donut” — but high-profile releases like Squid Game can still reignite yearslong debates about how best to adapt international titles for Stateside consumption.

Source: Vulture
Published: May 31, 2022
Length: 10 minutes (2,695 words)

The Undoing of Joss Whedon

“You could view it as a story of female empowerment or as the opposite — the titillating tale of a woman in leather pants who is brutalized by monsters.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Jan 17, 2022
Length: 35 minutes (8,989 words)

Ruth Ozeki, Amplifier

“But mild she is not. (Ruth) Ozeki, now 65, lived at least four lives before she even started writing. She published her first book when she was 42. From that novel, 1998’s My Year of Meats, through All Over Creation, the Booker Prize–shortlisted A Tale for the Time Being, and a memoir called The Face: A Time Code, she has shifted her readers’ way of perceiving what is ‘normal’ through a sort of slow, capillary action.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Sep 14, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,394 words)

Death of a Storyteller

“Rare is the actor who can locate the specific in the universal and vice versa. Michael K. Williams was that actor.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Sep 7, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,450 words)

Last Resort, Part 1: Let’s Go to Angola

“His father, a broke music promoter, had convinced him they could turn their lives around by arranging a complicated but lucrative hip-hop concert on New Year’s Eve in Angola. It was more complicated than they’d imagined.” The first installment of a three-part story, in partnership with Epic Magazine.

Source: Vulture
Published: Aug 23, 2021
Length: 32 minutes (8,086 words)

The Spine Collector

“For years, a mysterious figure has been stealing books before their release. Is it espionage? Revenge? Or a complete waste of time?”

Source: Vulture
Published: Aug 17, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,877 words)

Youn Yuh-jung Comes to America

“On the set of Minari, she was an old Korean lady.” E. Alex Jung interviews Oscar nominee Youn Yuh-jung.

Source: Vulture
Published: Mar 1, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,482 words)

You Don’t Have to Be a Superhero

“Recent onscreen depictions of autistic adults reflect our growing understanding of a lifelong condition.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Feb 17, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,217 words)

Quarantine Brain

“Nothing made sense this year — unless you were on the internet.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Dec 7, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,050 words)

Thandie Newton Is Finally Ready to Speak Her Mind

“What I am evidence of is: You can dismiss a Black person. If you’re a young Black girl and you get raped, in the film business, no one’s going to fucking care. You can tell whoever the fuck you want, and they’ll call it an affair. Until people start taking this seriously, I can’t fully heal.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Jul 7, 2020
Length: 31 minutes (7,920 words)