Ranking The Coen Brothers’ Movies

Charting the Coen brothers movies is to see how the landscape of movies has evolved and changed over the years. Starting with Blood Simple in 1984, they began as cult directors who spearheaded (along with other directors) the emergence of the indie-film movement of the late 80s and early 90s before evolving into solid mid-budget performers …

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Best Movies About the Stage Life

Anybody who has ever been in a school play, community theatre production, church pageant, or other amateur stage production knows the special and sometimes weird community that develops behind-the-scenes. The hyper-specific production-related inside jokes, the heavy amount of hours spent together, and the collective wanting to get the production over the line usually end up …

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Suspiria (2018): Big Screen Review

Public discussions about a film's general quality tends to fall into a clear-cut binary. Either the movie elicits an enjoyable emotion like joy, excitement, inspiration, awe, or love in a viewer, and therefore gets called a "good" movie. Or the movie fails to elicit those emotions and conjures up negative emotions like boredom, anger, anxiety, …

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Best “Nice” Movies

Niceness is not something that is generally held up as an upper-tier virtue in society. Instead we just got through another nasty election season consisting of battle-lines drawn, weapons hurled, and an election night that resulted in a "choose-your-own-story" victory narrative in which the only real consensus reached was that we are an increasingly divided …

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Directed by Women: October 2018 Horror Edition

The problems of severe underrepresentation in behind-the-camera roles for women is well documented and been mentioned several times on this blog, so far be it for me to rehash that discussion. However if it is true that women are underrepresented generally in film, it is especially true when it comes to genre film, as is …

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