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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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Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark

| February 7, 2017

Adapted from the DC Comics’ series of the same name, Justice League Dark (2017) marks the 27th installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, and is but the second of these to find itself released with an R rating. So don’t let the fact that it’s animated fool you, this one is not for […]

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Bob Roberts

Bob Roberts

| February 7, 2017

Politics is again driving culture in a way unseen in a decade. If not longer. The US has once more elected a perceived outsider to the Presidency. How did he do it? By appealing to the hearts and minds with the promise of change. In 2008, Barack Obama explicitly promised “change.” Now Donald Trump achieved […]

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Vice Principals: Season 1

Vice Principals: Season 1

| January 31, 2017

When I watched the first episode of Vice Principals, I considered just stopping and basing my rather scathing review on that alone.  Thankfully, I didn’t. The series is about two Vice Principals at a high school somewhere in a nameless southwestern town (my best guess).  Neal Gamby (Danny McBride; Eastbound & Down) is a hard-nosed, […]

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