Category: Review

Irresistable

It’s a crisp fall day in New York City. The leaves are just starting to turn into their vivid blend of red, yellow, and orange. He wakes up in his lovely Manhattan apartment and pours himself a cup of coffee. It’s so hot that he burns his tongue as he reads the front page of…

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Artemis Fowl

Maybe everything I loved as a child is secretly terrible. With the only book series I adored that was turned into functionally watchable cinema being written by a TERF and a bigot, I’m now left to relive one of the great pains of my childhood, something I had long thought I had moved past. The…

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The King of Staten Island

Pete Davidson is The King of Staten Island, and the state of New York is certainly worse for it. Yet another Judd Apatow movie about an overgrown man-child where a comedian essentially plays himself, Pete Davidson is certainly convincing as a 25-year-old stoner who still hasn’t grown up. A semi-autobiographical slacker comedy about the lead…

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Da 5 Bloods

“When you take 20 million black people and make them fight all your wars and pick all your cotton and never give them any real recompense, sooner or later their allegiance towards you is going to wear thin.”  Spike Lee opens up his latest joint, Da 5 Bloods, with a shockingly well timed, eye-opening montaged…

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Crazy World

The We Are One Film Festival that went on for the past couple of weeks, providing free access to a variety of films on YouTube, served as my introduction to Ugandan cinema with Nabwana I.G.G.’s Crazy World. If Crazy World is anything to go by, Ugandan cinema is certainly something I need to do a…

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Detrás de la Montaña

For the last few days, the We Are One Film Festival has provided worldwide free access on Youtube to a number of feature films, short films, VR experiences, and filmed talks from a variety of film festivals around the world, highlighting voices in film that were exemplars of past festivals or unfortunately lost their ability…

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Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

When we see someone through the eyes of the internet, we look at life through a developed persona. Sure, not all of us spewing a stream of consciousness into the internet are influencers, creating caricatures of ourselves to be looked up to, but we are all filters for what our digital worlds see of our…

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Shirley (2020)

Shirley strays nearly completely from its source material and perhaps that is its strength as the film takes an alternative look at domestic dynamics. Shirley surrounds the lives of the famed writer Shirley Jackson (Elizabeth Moss) and her husband Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg), who is a renowned and established folklore professor, as they take in…

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My Darling Vivian

I love Johnny Cash. I’ve loved him since high school, listening to the Essential compilation and picking up random records of his that I would find in antique stores. I remember when the trailer for Logan came out, perfectly utilizing Cash’s version of “Hurt” to set the tone for one of my favorite movies of…

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Bad Education (2020)

“It’s not perfect, but it works.” This line from Dr. Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) about halfway through the film builds the central contradiction that propels Cory Finley’s Bad Education like a rocket duct-taped to the bottom of a cheap skateboard. The polish and cold finesse of Finley’s previous film, Thoroughbreds, is noticeably missing here, trading…

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