Archive for August, 2016

Disorder

Disorder

| August 12, 2016

Reality, and how trauma influences an individual’s sense of it, is at the heart of director Alice Winocour’s latest feature Disorder. The story follows Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts), a French Special Forces soldier who has just returned from Afghanistan. Suffering from PTSD, Vincent tries to stay as busy as possible, picking up the odd security job to […]

11.22.63

11.22.63

| August 11, 2016

Two things that invariably draw me to a piece of film or television are the inclusion of time travel as a narrative device and the attachment of Stephen King’s name to a project. So it was only a matter of time then (no pun intended, truly) before I marathon-viewed the J.J. Abrams-produced Hulu original event […]

Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon

Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon

| August 10, 2016

Exactly six minutes into Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016), my 4-year-old son and fellow wrestling fanatic turned to me exasperated and asked, “Is there even going to be a wrestling match in this movie?” At that point, even I had to admit, it wasn’t looking good that we’d get any wrestling […]

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The Countdown: Top Ten Kurt Russell Movies

The Countdown: Top Ten Kurt Russell Movies

| August 8, 2016

I’m excited to start this new weekly segment. A few months ago, I started a podcast called Quote Unquote Guilty all about guilty pleasures.  Upon getting some of my friends addicted to podcasting, they too started shows of their own and I compiled us all under a shared network: Word Salad Productions.  Recently, I reached […]

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Confirmation

Confirmation

| August 5, 2016

The HBO film Confirmation, which premiered on the network last April, benefits greatly from the time of its release. Depicting the 1991 confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, which became a media circus when sexual harassment charges were leveled at Thomas by law professor Anita Hill, Confirmation asks provocative questions about race, gender […]

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

| August 3, 2016

“It’s a big conspiracy.” “What’s a big conspiracy?” “Everything!” This exchange from 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers between Jack (Jeff Goldblum) and Matthew (Donald Sutherland) isn’t just an amusing way of enriching the audience’s understanding of the patently pessimistic Jack; it’s the film’s guiding principle. Invasion wants nothing more than to make you uncomfortable […]

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