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While We’re Young

While We’re Young

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

In While We’re Young (2014), writer/director Noah Baumbach approaches the concerns of his dispirited middle-aged characters with terrific wisdom. His is a deft eye that’s focused squarely on the nuances of the human condition as we move kicking and screaming into adulthood. It’s a film about confusion and yet it is itself a somewhat confused […]

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Dope

Dope

| June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dope can be defined as an illegal recreational drug; a person who isn’t too smart or, in street vernacular, something that is way past cool. In director Rick Famuyiwa’s breakout Sundance Film Fest comedy, Dope, the word takes on an entire new meaning. The geeks run everything in this movie, while they are running from […]

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I was listening to the new episode of The Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast yesterday and the topic of the MCU chronology came up.  It’s interesting to examine as Marvel so far has consistently maintained ambiguity concerning when certain chapters of their universe take place in relation to others.  Below is the order as I see […]

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Jack Hill’s Coffy & Foxy Brown

Jack Hill’s Coffy & Foxy Brown

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jack Hill and Pam Grier’s collaborations in the early 1970s made Pam Grier’s career, and their collaborations were fortunately numerous. In fact, four of the last seven pictures Hill directed starred Grier. Their collaboration began with her supporting role in Hill’s women-in-prison picture, The Big Doll House (1971), before Hill brought her to the forefront […]

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The DUFF

The DUFF

| June 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let’s get this right out of the way: I am totally not the audience for whom The DUFF (2015) was created. When filmmakers create high school comedies about teenage female self-empowerment and sexuality, they certainly don’t have thirty-something, male, university ethics instructors in mind. At least, I can’t imagine they do. But I do indeed […]

Camp X-ray

Camp X-ray

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

I tend to not like movies about the military, which isn’t to say I don’t like war movies.  War movies have a lot of action and conflict and things constantly going on, and that tends to make them pretty interesting to watch as well as visually engrossing.  Movies about the military however can be quite […]

Spy

Spy

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is back with a new espionage comedy about an overweight support agent at the CIA (Melissa McCarthy; Bridesmaids, The Heat) forced into the field when the identities of all the top secret agents are compromised by a terrorist organization led by Rayna Boynaov (Rose Byrne; Bridesmaids).  What follows is a […]

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Humans understand time through narrative. Our ability to organize events into a logical cause/effect order allows us to view time as moving ever forward with purpose. Our penchant for narrativization doesn’t end there though. We look at the motionless image of a painting and we narrativize it. We find an old photograph of someone we’ve […]

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I describe myself as having grown up in the shadow of Orson Welles. As a young, aspiring filmmaker, I idolized the man. There Welles was, at the age of 24, signing on with RKO Pictures and within two years releasing a film that would not only be his first, but also one that some consider […]

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It! The Terror from Beyond Space

It! The Terror from Beyond Space

| May 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s been more than three decades since audiences were first warned that no one could hear them scream in space, and yet Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) continues to be celebrated as a sci-fi/horror masterpiece. Edward L. Cahn’s 1958 B-picture, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, hasn’t quite fared so well though. And that’s a real […]

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