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Watching Harlan Ellison’s Watching

I recently posted about the passing of science fiction pioneer cum pain in the ass, Harlan Ellison. The loss of Ellison has found me going back through lots of written reviews and obits as well as checking out a bunch of videos and recordings on YouTube. One of the things I like best about Harlan [...]

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Mano Y Solo

I spent the evening at the media preview for Solo: A Star Wars Story. I’ve seen a few dissenting reviews pointing out that this Han isn’t cynical enough or that this movie lacks a plot with drive. I don’t completely disagree with these criticisms, but I also think this movie was always going to upset [...]

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Return to Red Line

In 1998 two legendary directors released World War II films that couldn’t be more different: Stephen Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is considered a masterpiece of the genre and the film’s arrival was treated like a national event when it first hit theater screens. Audiences hailed the realism of the film’s battle sequences while Spielberg was [...]

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First Impressions: Infinity Wars

I just got back from seeing the media preview for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR in Nashville, TN. It’s a massive cosmic comic book opera. It’s as psychedelic as DOCTOR STRANGE if not more so. It’s also an amazing culmination of stories since the MCU launched with the first IRON MAN film. I suggest you see all [...]

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TRUST: Episode Two

The second episode of TRUST debuted on Easter Sunday night. Honestly, was caught up watching JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE before I switched over to TRUST and started it over to catch it from the beginning. SUPERSTAR was about as good as any bad musical might be — Alice Cooper’s Pontius Pilate stole the show. But [...]

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Flint Town Lowdown

In 2016’s T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold directors Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper profile Flint, Michigan-based Olympic-gold medal boxer Claressa Shields. While they were shooting the fighter in her hometown, the filmmakers found themselves in the midst of a man-made disaster and its aftermath when Flint disconnected from Detroit’s water system in 2014 and started [...]

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Long Gone John

When it comes to the arts, quantity and quality both matter. One of the reasons Pablo Picasso became the embodiment of modern art in Europe is because of his ceaseless production, and ability to master and destroy whole schools of painting before creating his own. That said, a poet like Walt Whitman essentially spent his [...]

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Tessering Time

I went to a preview screening of the new A Wrinkle in Time film last night. I first found out about Madeleine L’Engle’s book when I was about 8 or 9 and reading stuff like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit. Honestly, Wrinkle didn’t really stick with me — it’s sort of more of [...]

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Decrypting Black Code

Some events have impacted American culture with such force that the periods before and after they occur become defined as eras separated by the unprecedented – the Pearl Harbor and 9-11 attacks immediately come to mind as does the assassination of President Kennedy. But a new film about secrecy – and the lack of it [...]

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Midnight Express at 40

The high point of cinema so far has been the American films made between the late 1960s and the early 1980s. Roughly speaking, these dates constitute the New Hollywood period when failing studios turned to young, maverick directors influenced by the anarchistic re-making of genre cinema by European directors like Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. [...]

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