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Insidious: The Last Key

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Insidious: The Last Key

| January 11, 2018

One time last summer, I was walking down the street when a squirrel fell out of a tree and killed itself. Whether or not the act was intentional is still a mystery to me, but the fact that a creature with the tenacity of a crackhead and a tail made of brown cotton candy happened […]

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Yor: The Hunter from the Future 35th Anniversary

Yor: The Hunter from the Future 35th Anniversary

| January 9, 2018

It’s here on Blu-ray at my side: Yor: The Hunter from the Future (1983) starring Reb Brown. That this is something I can write in all honesty at this time is nothing short of magical. While Yor by no means has or likely ever will change the world of film in any substantive way, it […]

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Joe’s Top Ten of 2017

Joe’s Top Ten of 2017

| January 9, 2018

I feel like every year I’m blown away by the quality of films that I saw.  This is partly because we find ourselves living in a golden age of film, and it’s mostly because I refuse to see things that I know will be garbage.  I tend to trust my instincts over critical or box […]

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The Post

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The Post

| January 7, 2018

Upon hearing of a politically minded Steven Spielberg film starring both Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, I thought that the syzygy of awards prospects was too ideal to be true. As a result, my expectations for The Post were hopeful in its potential if not a little jaded in what it would ultimately amount to, […]

Best Films of 2017

Best Films of 2017

| January 4, 2018

While 2017 was a disaster for reality, it was a minor miracle for movies, granting us a slate more consistent in themes yet more varied in quality than the previous year. And while a lot of the movies that stuck out gained my attention due to their audacity, what made the best of the year […]

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Molly’s Game

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Molly’s Game

| January 1, 2018

A revered screenwriter doesn’t make for a revered director, but the livelihood of Aaron Sorkin’s writing rose the possibility that his transition to being behind the camera would be smoother than most. With Molly’s Game, the writing becomes the directing and the directing becomes the writing, sometimes in welcome ways but also often in manners […]

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Downsizing

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Downsizing

| January 1, 2018

Satire functions in its own realm in that tone, intentions, and objects of scorn have to be placed within very specific contexts, and if anything, enduring failed attempts provides notes on what not to do in one’s own work. I didn’t expect Downsizing to be such a train wreck, but the newest from Alexander Payne […]

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage (Special Edition)

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage (Special Edition)

| January 1, 2018

“If you care, you’ll get let down,” laments a heartbroken Texas punk lying in the dirt, tossed aside like trash by a fellow Texan simply for being different, for being “other.” You could point to a number of statements about the nature of the punk scene made by interviewees in the 1981 documentary D.O.A.: A […]

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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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