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Injustice

By | Oct 20, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Normally after watching an abysmal failure like Injustice the question of “why” comes up. Why does this exist? The economic logic that satisfies this question fails to completely explain the shortcomings of this film but begins shine a light on them. To put the question of quality aside for a second, it makes all the […]

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage

By | Oct 6, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

The first Venom appeared to have been released from a time capsule dated 2005. Here was a superhero film that outside of leads Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams had none of the pretense or associated quality that has developed around the genre in the past decade and a half. It had a titular single by […]

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No Time to Die

By | Oct 6, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

No Time to Die, the 25th official James Bond movie, is a film with a lot to prove: it’s been six years since Spectre (meaning it’s been nine since the last good film, Skyfall), and the world has changed greatly in the meantime, meaning the pressure on Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing to be […]

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Ninjababy

By | Sep 21, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Based on Inga H. Sætre’s graphic novel “Fallteknikk (Fall Technique),” Ninjababy is a Norwegian comedy-drama that tells the hilarious and poignant story of Rakel Pedersen (Kristine Kujath Thorp), a graphic design school dropout who discovers she is six months pregnant. Too late to have an abortion, Rakel looks for someone who can adopt the sneaky […]

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The Suicide Squad

By | Aug 9, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Having seen The Suicide Squad twice now, first on HBO Max and later in theaters, one question rang out and began to cohere the hundreds swirling in my mind: how did this get made? Funnily enough that is the same question I asked after seeing the 2016 film. How did writer-director James Gunn convince Warner […]

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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

By | Jul 27, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Origin stories are tricky even with the straightforward narrative of becoming. In the wrong hands they devolve into explainers for how iconic accoutrement are obtained and create the title persona and not emotional narratives that explain character. Some films are efficient about this like in Batman Begins. Other movies decide that we need to know […]

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Old

By | Jul 27, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

After concluding his Eastrail 177 Trilogy in 2019, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan returns to the world of comics with a loose adaptation Swiss comic “Sandcastle” by writer Pierre Oscar Levy and artist Frederik Peeters transforming their comic into a new film called Old. Perhaps the biggest twist of the film is there isn’t really one. […]

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Who Are You, Charlie Brown?

By | Jul 13, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

You can’t think of certain holidays without thinking of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang.  What is Halloween without the Great Pumpkin? What is Christmas without the soundtrack of “Linus and Lucy” in the background?  It’s no surprise, then, that there was such outrage when Apple TV+ acquired the exclusive rights to the Peanuts TV […]

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Black Widow

By | Jul 9, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Black Widow is a film out of time and place. Like its title character, it’s destined to sit at a strange spot in the Marvel Studios pantheon. Black Widow the character is a human assassin who often stands alongside gods to do battle with titans, killer robots, and the great powers of the cosmos. Black […]

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Major Grom: Plague Doctor

By | Jul 9, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Marvel have finally released the Black Widow movie, but it’s well worth remembering Russia has its own comic book and film industries, and perhaps coincidentally, this week saw the US release of Major Grom: Plague Doctor — reportedly the first feature film based on a Russian comic — on Netflix. Directed by Oleg Trofim, the […]

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Justice Society: World War II

By | May 18, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Justice Society: World War II, the newest DC Animated film, follows in the footsteps of a loose sense of continuity with an art style similar to Superman: Man of Tomorrow and is better off for it. The thick lines and bright colour pallet make it feel more connected to the comic book medium than the […]

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Ride or Die

By | Apr 20, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

The following impressions are based on the original Japanese audio, and contain minor spoilers. Directed by Ryūichi Hiroki, the newly released Japanese Netflix movie Ride or Die (Japanese: Kanojo, lit. “Her” or “Girlfriend”) — based on Ching Nakamura’s manga “Gunjō” (“Ultramarine”) — tells the story of Rei Nagasawa (Kiko Mizuhara), a cosmetic surgeon who goes […]

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League

By | Mar 23, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Alternative cuts to films do not exist in a vacuum, they exist in proximity to what came before. There is no Richard Donner cut of Superman II without the Richard Lester rendition. The dueling cuts of Stazione Termini by Vittorio De Sica without its U.S. counterpart Indiscretion of an American Wife overseen by David O. […]

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Flora & Ulysses

By | Feb 24, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Directed by Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter), Disney+’s latest movie exclusive, Flora & Ulysses, is a delightfully silly family adventure that bridges the gap between modern superhero flicks, and the slapstick family films of yesteryear. Based on the Newberry Award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo (illustrated by K.G. Campbell), it tells the story of Flora (Matilda […]

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Days of the Bagnold Summer

By | Feb 19, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

This review was originally posted on June 9, 2020. It has been reposted here to mark the film’s release today in select theaters, and on demand, in the United States. Based on the graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, Days of the Bagnold Summer marks the directorial debut of British comedy actor Simon Bird, as well […]

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