Inglorious Basterds: Revisionist Film Marks 10 Years

Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist war film, Inglorious Basterds, has one of the best cinematic endings of all time while the film holds up ten years later. What I am sorry to report is that this is a film that could also take place in 2019.  It’s not so much because of conditions in Europe but how things presently are in the United States.  Much of today’s anti-Semitism is being enabled by the man presently holding office…

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Angel Has Fallen: Somehow, We Got A Trilogy

I don’t know what we as a society did to deserve a Has Fallen trilogy but Angel Has Fallen certainly isn’t going to raise the bar. Aaron Eckhart does not return as President Benjamin Asher. There’s not a single mention of him in the film. In any event, Morgan Freeman’s Allan Trumbull is now the president. Serving as Trumbull’s Vice President is Martin Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson).  Gerard Butler also reprises his role as everyone’s…

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Camp Wedding Examines Social Media Obsession

Camp Wedding infuses our society’s obsession with social media and smartphone technology by placing it within a horror movie. If the bride and groom had done their research beforehand, Camp Pocumtuck wouldn’t play host to their wedding.  Not when a young girl drowned after being struck by lightning in 1985.  Nor with the fact that several women were burned for being witches and the camp also served as the location of a Native American massacre. …

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Ready Or Not: A F*cked Up Rich Family

After celebrating the biggest day of her life, one bride soon finds herself fighting for exactly that in horror comedy Ready Or Not. Families that play Hide and Seek together stay together.  Probably.  Maybe.  Okay, I really don’t know.  Now that I have your attention, let’s get on with the show. Anyway, the gist of Ready Or Not is that Grace (Samara Weaving) joins Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) in marriage.  We only cut to…

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American Factory Puts Americans Back To Work

American Factory follows what happened when a Chinese billionaire hires 2,000 blue-collar Americans in a previously closed GM factory. Filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert spent three years on this film.  Their efforts to capture Fuyao Glass America’s new plant are worth it in the end.  After all, nobody could have predicted the plant re-opening when General Motors closed the doors in 2008.  While 2,400 would lost their jobs in 2008, some 2,000 would get…

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Wild and Crazy Guys: A Must-Own Comedy Book

Nick de Semlyen’s Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever is a must-own for comedy fans. When one thinks of the greatest comedies of the 1980s, you can’t help but think of sketch comedy series such as Saturday Night Live and SCTV.  These two series gave rise to some of the greatest comedy films and in some instances, some of the best comedy duos of all-time. This book…

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Several Festival Films Opening This Weekend

A number of films that premiered earlier this year during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival are opening in theaters this weekend. I reviewed Adam earlier this year for Out Magazine.  This film has garnered a lot of attention and controversy on social media.  Most of the controversy has to do with what is in the book rather than what is in the film.  The film has managed to spark a boycott movement–one of which I…

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Woodstock Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music is the Oscar-winning documentary about one of the most important moments for the 1960s counterculture. In Woodstock, filmmaker Michael Wadleigh directs the ultimate concert documentary.  Some other films might come close but will probably end up falling short.  All one needs to do here is take a look at the history.  Almost a half million descended onto a dairy farm for an event billed as “An Aquarian Experience:…

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette Brings A Book To Life

Where’d You Go, Bernadette brings the bestselling novel to life in a comedy that ought to remind artists how important it is to create. Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) could have had it all.  Before dropping off the face of the planet, the architect won a MacArthur Grant.  Living in Los Angeles would have been a dream.  Yet she packs it all up to move to Seattle where she now lives with daughter Bee (Emma Nelson)…

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A Million Eyes: A Beautiful Short

Richard Raymond‘s newest short film, A Million Eyes, is a beautiful film that speaks to the idea of what goes into creating art. When we first meet Leroy (Elijah M. Cooper), the teenager is taking photos across town with a banged up 35mm camera.  He also recites the title line but not in a cliche way.  Leroy lives with his mother, Amber (Katie Lowes), a struggling alcoholic.  When an older photographer, Fern (Joe Morton), takes…

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