Hall of Fame #4: All About Eve

Hollywood is generally not known for being the most "truth-telling" of industries. It is an industry that makes bank by over-dramatizing mundane real-life situations, it dresses up romance to be unrealistically spectacular and thus unachievable, and it peddles in entertaining action and violence while shielding the audience from that violence's real-life implications. But there is …

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Best Movies of 2018 (so far… 2.0)

At Eternity's Gate; Beautiful Boy; Bohemian Rhapsody; Boy Erased; Burning; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Cold War; Destroyer; Foxtrot; Free Solo; Green Book; The Hate U Give; The Guardians; Lizzie; Love After Love; Love, Simon; Mary, Queen of Scots; Minding the Gap; On The Basis of Sex; Peterloo; Shoplifters; Sweet Country; They Shall Not Grow Old; Vox Lux; Wildlife; …

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If Beale Street Could Talk (Big Screen Review)

When tackling issues of racial injustice and inequality, the default emotions we run with are typically outrage and anger. These emotions run hot and are a lot easier to harness as motivation for activism and action. However the drawback is that they also burn fast, leaving us depleted and burnt out as quickly as we …

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2019 Oscars Nominations Debrief: The Things I’m Excited, Surprised, Outraged, and Relieved About

I really thought I could do it this year. With traditional bellwethers for the Academy Awards seeming to go out of their way to hint at a "throwback" year by awarding middle-brow and historically revisionistic movies like Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Vice it seemed like this could be a year that I might sit out, cudmudgeonly throwing shade …

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Bumblebee & Aquaman (Big Screen Double Feature)

In our cinematic age of uber-franchises dominating theatres across the globe, no two franchises have suffered as much ridicule and fan-rage as the Transformers movie series and the DC Comics Extended Universe (DCEU). The Transformers franchise – based on a 1980s cartoon that was blatantly an extended toy commercial – found its reputation ground into …

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The Favourite (Big Screen Review)

Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) is a director who has long reveled in making his audience disoriented and uncomfortable. Whether in explicitly disturbing us or in pushing us up against our social mores he has made a career out of eliciting nervous laughter with his macabre sense of humor. His …

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Big Screen Review)

Look, I understand how you might be feeling. This is the seventh Spider-Man movie since 2002 and the fourth reboot. Your base instinct is to ask if another Spider-Man movie is at all necessary. Well in this case, the answer is unequivocally yes. From Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – the minds that brought you 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, and theoretically …

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