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20 Years Later: Best Movies of 2000

Right now it is hard to remember but there was a certain glorious optimism that surrounded the year 2000. We were living in that pocket between surviving the overhyped threat of Y2K and the tragic events of 9/11 a year later that would irreparably shatter our collective global. Coming off the relatively prosperous 90s, I …

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Ten Long Movie Series to Get Us Through “Social Distancing”

As I write this post, I am currently living in the Seattle area which has turned into something like ground zero for the coronavirus pandemic and my family and I are firmly in "social distancing" mode. Every day bring some an exhausting mix of news to give us hope and news to send us into …

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10 Years Later: Best Movies of 2010

2010 represents an incredibly important milestone in my film-watching journey. I was in the thick of graduate school in Pasadena where I found myself in walking distance from the newly opened ArcLight Pasadena and the arthouse Laemmle Playhouse 7, meaning that many a weekend that year was spent diving into double-features (since a movie ticket was still …

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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

During the desperate race to catch up with Marvel Studios in the cinematic universe arms race, the DC extended universe got itself entangled trying to unite its disparate movies with a specific tone (dour and dark) and a continuity that was both inorganic and overstuffed. Early on in the irreverent and manic Birds of Prey …

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1917

1917 is a movie that sucks you into its wake. Beginning in a quiet field with soldiers napping peacefully on a sunny day, the movie quickly plunges you into the horrors of World War I, as director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) embeds you with two soldiers Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay) who are …

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