Archive for December, 2017

An Interview With Diane Kruger and Fatih Akin

An Interview With Diane Kruger and Fatih Akin

| December 28, 2017

The argument of whether vengeance is beneficial to societies is about as old as societies themselves. Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind,” whereas Alfred Hitchcock took more pleasure in saying, “Revenge is sweet and not fattening.” In recent decades, scientists have even pointed to the dorsal […]

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The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman

| December 28, 2017

I used to wonder if I didn’t like musicals, but then I realized that I just see so many musicals that aren’t good. The Greatest Showman is something that can, in theory, work well, but it’s plagued by a script that isn’t sure of its scope and direction that detracts from its many pieces instead […]

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Father Figures

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Father Figures

| December 28, 2017

I don’t really know what it is about the holiday season that facilitates an influx of stupid comedies, but c’est la vie. The existence of Father Figures seemed like a foregone conclusion, and it’s something that, after sitting through it, also is as devoid of purpose or character as one would anticipate. A fair amount […]

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Pulp

Pulp

| December 27, 2017

Actor Michael Caine, writer/director Mike Hodges, and producer Michael Klinger had so much fun collaborating with one another on the seminal British gangster thriller Get Carter (1971) that the trio teamed up again the following year to create another crime picture in Pulp (1972), now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Arrow Video. Though by […]

The Apartment: Limited Edition

The Apartment: Limited Edition

| December 27, 2017

What would you do to fast track your way up the ladder of corporate success? Would you shun your family? Perhaps throw fellow co-workers under the bus? Or do whatever it takes to please the higher-up’s, to the detriment of your mental and physical well-being? Hopefully you would do none of the above. C.C. Baxter […]

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I, Tonya

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I, Tonya

| December 22, 2017

If I’m going to see a movie based on true events, I’d prefer to see one based on true events that are stranger than fiction. They’re just more inherently interesting. What they don’t do, though, is just give a free pass to the filmmakers, and thankfully I, Tonya is a movie that knows that. While […]

Darkest Hour

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Darkest Hour

| December 22, 2017

The amount of biopics and movies based around historical events is largely consistent for any given year, but 2017 really is, for some reason, the year of the Battle of Dunkirk in cinema. After Their Finest, Churchill, and Dunkirk all coming out within the past eight months, we now get Darkest Hour—just one more movie […]

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

| December 21, 2017

I’ve never been a person indebted to Star Wars, but I’ve always been a person indebted to popular culture. With this, the release of each new film in the franchise has been more of a circus that has circled around me and swept me up in a six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon-way but still affected me nonetheless, and the […]

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Coco

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Coco

| December 19, 2017

The ubiquity of Pixar (upixiquity?) is a blessing and a curse for me. On one hand, we have a studio churning out some of the most technically wonderful and successful animated films, proving the critical and financial viability of the medium. On the other hand, we have a studio whose near-unabashed success allows for repetition, […]

Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok

| December 18, 2017

When looking at the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the perspective of an evolving franchise, it’s nice to see that—in a general sense—it’s better understanding its predisposition towards comedy. There’s an inherent absurdity to such material that allows the filmmakers to mine physical and performance-centric humor from a place of self-parody, which is a notch beyond […]

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