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Three

Three

| March 31, 2017

A neurosurgeon whose pushed to her limits, a thief in need of brain surgery and a cop who can’t draw the line between obstructing justice and pursuing it collide in Johnnie To’s latest crime thriller, Three. While in the midst of interrogating Shun (Wallace Chung), he’s accidentally shot in the head by a cop. One […]

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Contains Spoilers

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Contains Spoilers

| March 31, 2017

Rupert Sanders’ rendition of Masamune Shirow’s seminal manga, Ghost in the Shell, is a beautiful Hollywood blockbuster, that only manages to capture the aesthetics of the franchise, rather than the intellectual introspection of identity and self that the sci-fi series is known for. While Shirow’s manga touched on this, it is in Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 […]

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII

| March 28, 2017

We’re nearing the point where Shout Factory has released nearly every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s 1989-1999 run on DVD. In fact, after Volume XXXVIII, only 14 episodes will have yet to see a DVD release from Rhino or Shout Factory, excluding the recalled Godzilla vs. Megalon disc. Whether or not we’ll see Shout […]

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An Interview With Kasper Collin

An Interview With Kasper Collin

| March 24, 2017

There’s a story that theater critic Kenneth Tynan once told regarding Miles Davis’ seminal album Kind of Blue. One evening Tynan was in his study listening to the record when his nine-year-old daughter entered to kiss him goodnight. At the sound of the music the little girl suddenly paused and after a moment declared, “That’s […]

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Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

| March 24, 2017

I once heard writer/director Fred Dekker declare at a Q&A here in Chicago that the film he made of which he is the proudest is Robocop 3 (1993). Given that he’s the man responsible for the cult classic Night of the Creeps (1986) and one of my personal favorites, The Monster Squad (1987), his pride […]

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Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

| March 20, 2017

People seem to like Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter (1984) well enough. At the very least, people acknowledge its existence as yet another Stephen King movie that was “pretty good,” as the one with a tiny Drew Barrymore in it. Why I encounter so many who don’t outright love the movie is completely beyond me though! […]

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After the Storm

After the Storm

| March 17, 2017

The complexities of failure and one’s acceptance of it are compellingly examined in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film After the Storm. The story follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a struggling novelist employed at a private detective agency in Tokyo. Ryota claims the job is temporary, and his only reason for taking the position is to conduct […]

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Jackie

Jackie

| March 7, 2017

Pablo Larrain’s Jackie is many things. It is heartbreaking yet triumphant, claustrophobic yet expansive, classical yet innovative; but most of all, it is a great film. From an acting, directing and editorial standpoint, Jackie is a terrific achievement, impeccably executed yet almost never ostentatious or distracting. These traits are complimented by the film’s unique and […]

An Interview with Shimon Dotan

An Interview with Shimon Dotan

| March 5, 2017

In the book of Genesis, chapter 17 verse 8, the text reads, “And I will give unto thee and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the Land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” The complexities of heritage and homeland are the subject […]

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Fuller House: The Complete First Season

Fuller House: The Complete First Season

| March 3, 2017

Fuller House’s theme song (repurposed from Full House) begins with the eye-rolling lyrics, “Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paperboy, the evening T.V?” Such a tune is comical in its rosy, retrograde nostalgia, not to mention tone-deaf considering our contemporary political and social climate. Yet everywhere you look, everywhere you look there’s an old […]

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