Kate Knibbs, The Ringer

Kate Knibbs

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Past articles by Kate:

Let Liv Tyler Play an Alien

After she was forced to the sidelines in ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Ad Astra,’ this is obviously the only reasonable form of justice → Read More

‘Hustlers’ Is an Essential, Timely American Crime Story

Lorene Scafaria’s new film—which follows strippers who resort to a criminal scheme during the 2008 financial crisis—adds something new to the scammer genre by turning traditional pawns into well-rounded subjects → Read More

Inside #SaveTheOA, the Bizarre Campaign Netflix Can No Longer Ignore

Netflix’s cancellation of ‘The OA’ has left fans upset that the sprawling sci-fi fable will remain unfinished—but the movement to save it is as ambitious and unwieldy as the show itself → Read More

Ten Years of Taylor Swift: How the Pop Star Went From Sweetheart to Snake (and Back Again?)

In 2009, Taylor Swift was a country music princess on the verge of superstardom. In 2019, she’s a full-blown music juggernaut, and a case study for the ups and downs of modern pop stardom. → Read More

The ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Syllabus

From James Baldwin to ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,’ here’s what to read and watch before taking on new episodes of Netflix’s serial-killer drama → Read More

Why We Keep Coming Back to the Manson Family

As the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family murders approaches, new books and films like Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ and journalist Tom O’Neill’s ‘Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties’ pick up a gruesome story that has come to define a turning point in American history. → Read More

A Pre–‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Lesson on the Manson Family

Quentin Tarantino’s new film takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, the same year Charles Manson’s cult began its killing spree. So before seeing the movie, here’s what you need to know to catch the references to real-life events. → Read More

Billy Eichner Saves ‘The Lion King’

Along with Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Eichner injects the film with a much-needed sense of liveliness and comes away as the best part of the 2019 remake → Read More

“Let’s See Them Aliens”: The Comic Futility of #StormArea51

Over a million people have RSVP’d to an event on Facebook called "Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us." The military has warned people to stay away. It’s just a gag—but one particularly well-suited to this summer. → Read More

How ‘Midsommar’ Turned Tradition and Folklore Into Nightmare Fuel

Part of the dark magic of Ari Aster’s latest film is its richly detailed world, created by infusing Nordic culture with terrifying imagination → Read More

Did ‘Euphoria’ Have the Most Male Nudity in One Scene Ever?

The locker room scene in the series’ second episode was much hyped ahead of its airing—though in the end, that may say more about us than the show itself → Read More

40 oz. to Renaissance: Sublime Is Cool Again

The ’90s are back, the weather’s getting warmer, and a band of Long Beach burnouts are prime for a cultural comeback → Read More

‘The Intruder’ Takes Place in the Same Universe As ‘The Parent Trap’

Just a theory related to Dennis Quaid’s latest movie → Read More

NoHo Hank Is TV’s Best Villain

‘Barry’ scene-stealer Anthony Carrigan talks tattoos, evildoing, and bitmoji → Read More

The Ship That Was Promised: Arya and Gendry Are Westeros’s New "It" Couple

‘Game of Thrones’ earned its early reputation as one of HBO’s skeeziest hits. But in its final season, the show finally delivered a truly romantic sex scene with Arya and Gendry’s pre-battle bone-down. → Read More

The Lannister Family Crossbow

The great houses in Westeros make a big deal about their weapons, from the Targaryen dragons to the various Valyrian steel swords scattered across the realm. But the family from Casterly Rock may be most obsessed with—and most suited to—theirs. → Read More

‘Game of Thrones’ Loose Ends: What Will Sam and Gilly Uncover in Their Citadel Books?

Jon, Dany, and #TeamLiving need any help they can get as the army of the dead marches south. Is their best hope for salvation hidden in the tomes Sam and Gilly are bringing north? → Read More

The Eerily Extensive, Partially Abandoned Tunnel Network of the U.S.

‘Us’ opens by informing the audience about hundreds of miles of unused tunnels beneath the United States. The movie that follows is fiction—but the networks of unoccupied tunnels are real, and nearly as strange as the film they helped inspire. → Read More

‘Game of Thrones’ Loose Ends: Will Salladhor Saan Return to Westeros?

Everyone’s favorite sex pirate has been missing since Season 4. But could Davos once again convince Saan to lend a hand? → Read More

A Brief Pop Cultural History of the Publicist

The new series plays with the stereotype of the PR rep from hell. Why do fake publicists take so much flak? → Read More