Film

Quest

Quest

| December 9, 2017

I saw this film Quest at the last Chicago International Film Festival and really enjoyed it. It’s a shame that I would say that I enjoyed a movie about a family’s struggle living and existing in North Philadelphia, but the director was able to show a tight-knit family that even though they were struggling, they […]

The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water

| December 9, 2017

I’m not a person with that much of an affinity for the endearingly shoddy B-pictures of the Cold War era, but I completely understand the appeal—it just happens to be a genre that I haven’t endowed much time to. Color me a bit surprised to see that The Shape of Water, being an awards frontrunner […]

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Justice League

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Justice League

| December 8, 2017

It’s been no question that there’s a war between Marvel fans and DC fans, largely fueled by the perception that the films of the latter have been unjustly targeted in regards to poor storytelling and messy filmmaking. There are a lot of wars to choose from nowadays, so this war is pretty moot in my […]

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Trumping Democracy

Trumping Democracy

| December 7, 2017

On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States, defeating opponent Hillary Clinton in one of the biggest political upsets of all time.  No one thought Trump could win.  He was behind in every poll, he ran on a message of hatred and bigotry, promising to antagonize […]

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A New Leaf

A New Leaf

| December 5, 2017

With A New Leaf (1971), Elaine May became the first woman in Hollywood to write, direct, and co-star in a major studio motion picture. It was a landmark moment for women filmmakers that was sadly marked by such significant studio intervention that May at one point sought to have her name removed from the film and […]

The Guardians

The Guardians

| December 4, 2017

Russia’s first blockbuster superhero film, The Guardians (Zashchitniki, 2017), made waves on social media earlier this year when a trailer featuring a minigun-wielding werebear began circulating on Facebook and Twitter. It declared to the world that those in Hollywood weren’t the only filmmakers capable of producing over-the-top, CGI-packed popcorn superhero movies, and the advertising worked, […]

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Silent Night, Deadly Night: Collector’s Edition

Silent Night, Deadly Night: Collector’s Edition

| December 2, 2017

Horror fans know the history of Silent Night, Deadly Night all-too-well. It’s the stuff of legend, signifying how spectacularly detached our horror hound interests often can be from dominant social values. This is because, in 1984, this low budget Christmas-themed slasher became the center of controversy, stirring critics and parent groups into an uproar over […]

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The Disaster Artist

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The Disaster Artist

| December 1, 2017

I remember in January 2013 when, one day before school, I saw a video that included clips from some low-budget movie. I was absolutely sure that it all—the acting, the music, the dialogue, the camera going out of focus—was all fake. However, I was only 16 years old and a junior in high school, and […]

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Detroit

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Detroit

| November 30, 2017

Let me start this off by saying that, being a white guy whose middle name is literally Christian, I’m not totally the person to speak about the issues of this film. That out of the way, I wasn’t expecting to have been so disappointed in Detroit, in terms of pacing and characterization, yes, but especially […]

Thirst Street

Thirst Street

| November 29, 2017

The box office success of the Fifty Shades of Grey films has thus far failed to inspire a return of Hollywood softcore popularized in the 80s and 90s with Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct. Aside from a few stray examples of studios dipping their toes into those waters–of which only Unforgettable hit theaters with an […]

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