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This spring in film

Hypocrisy in the New Space Jam Movie?Nostalgia and outdated pop culture are a heck of a combination, and they’re a combo that generally doesn’t end well.

The Warner Bros’ reboot of Joe Pytka’s cult comedy “Space Jam” (1996) appears to be testing this formula — at least based...

Unsurprisingly, 2020 ended on a totally underwhelming note for film

During normal times, I would usually spend the first week of the new year going through all the movies that were released throughout the previous year. This would give me a list the top ten films I enjoyed the most. This is always a fun and easy way to put together a quick wrap-up article — and it makes me appreciate all the...

How politics have been portrayed on film over the years

As the US presidential election season finally winds down and nears its end, a sense of relief for many different reasons soars throughout the country. What’s interesting is how much faster jokes and commentary on political figures age more than regular people in history or pop culture.

The current US president, Donald...

“Let Him Go” is one of the nicer surprises to come out of Hollywood in 2020

The first movie to hit audiences at the tail end of the US presidential election has nothing to do with politics but is in actuality an eerie period drama with acting vets Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. Thomas Bezucha’s “Let Him Go,” based on a 2013 novel of the same title by Larry Watson, is only a little bit misleading based...

Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks” is filled with easy-going humor and attractive aesthetics

It probably would have made more sense for Sofia Coppola’s new movie “On the Rocks” to come out the same month as Father’s Day, but for whatever reason, it ended up becoming a non-spooky release for October. Originally receiving a standard limited release on the 2nd, the dramedy is now speedily available on AppleTV for home...

Putting “The Trial of the Chicago 7” on trial

In times of crisis and depression, such as the COVID-19 pandemic of this past year, sometimes it’s easier to focus on things from the past to cheer ourselves up or distract us from reality. Even revisiting famous incidents in history that might not be so happy can be somewhat distracting as there is at least an outcome to...

“The Glorias” is an intriguing but flawed look at the legend Gloria Steinem

In between all of the hectic craziness of 2020 — with the election, the pandemic, the protests, and a slew of miscellaneous headlines — we appear to be having a wave of feminist, girl power, and women’s lib themed biopics this year as well. The timing couldn’t be a complete coincidence, as women’s rights usually become a hot...

The new Phillipa Lowthorpe biopic “Misbehaviour” meshes the somber, necessary tenets of feminism with some fun

The term ‘girl power’ has always done more for news sound bites and the pop culture zeitgeist than for any actual history of feminism. That’s because it’s a lot easier to market off the Spice Girls and Buffy Summers for press than it is feminist celebrities like Gloria Steinem or Kathleen Hanna. Phillipa Lowthorpe’s new...

A weekend of bingeing Robert Pattinson films

It was an RPattz filled weekend for me last week.

Acclaimed English film actor Robert Pattinson has come a long way since his vampire days as the male lead in the Twilight flicks, and his most recent releases are no exception. The first is the highly anticipated sci-fi epic of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” and the second...

Bill & Ted are the throwback heroes we need during this dark, dark 2020 timeline

For the past three decades, the famous movie characters known simply as ‘Bill and Ted’ have endeared with original and even newer fans of their sci-fi comedies.

What began as Stephen Herek’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” in 1989 might have been considered a lesser-tier cohort of Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the...

The History of Leo McCarey’s Love Affair

As we all know, there are a few stories that become so embraced and beloved by both Hollywood and the general public, it becomes practically a tradition to occasionally produce multiple screen interpretations of said stories. The most famous examples of this are the four remakes of William Wellman’s “A Star is Born” (1937);...

Teddy Grennan’s new horror flick, “Ravage,” doesn’t add much to the slasher genre, but it offers plenty to fans

For all the influence and impact classic movies have on pop culture, there’s also one unfortunate aspect that needs to be acknowledged. It feels like for every great, acclaimed film that is released, there are dozens of lesser quality knock-offs of the movie.

For horror, this is definitely the case with Tobe Hooper’s...

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