Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations

Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations is a necessary film and ought to be a conversation starter on a subject that is plaguing our world. In Viral, filmmaker Andrew Goldberg takes a look at four particular instances of anti-Semitism over the years.  The first is the Tree of Life shooting and the subject of the far right.  The second chapter takes a look at Blaming the Jews.  Specifically, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s vendetta against George…

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Disney+: What’s New in March

A number of films and television series are being added to Disney+ throughout the month of March including Marvel’s Black Panther. Disney+ is the streaming home for shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, alongside exclusive Disney+ Originals. Almost two years to the date since the world premiere of Fast Color at SXSW in 2018, Julia Hart’s newest feature, Stargirl, will launch exclusively on the streamer.  Based on a novel by…

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Emma Falls Short Of Standards Held By Clueless

Emma is the fourth different feature film adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel to come to the big screen since Clueless was released in 1995. Anya Taylor-Joy delivers a strong turn as the title character with as much screen time as the film allows her.  Much like Regina in Mean Girls, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is the “queen bee.”  She has no rivals.  Well, this seems like the case until she brings Miss Harriet Smith…

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Wag The Dog: This Film Feels Very Realistic

Perhaps what’s so surprising about 1997’s Wag the Dog is how the political satire feels so realistic over twenty years following its theatrical release. It’s two weeks before Election Day and the president is caught making an advance on a Firefly Girl.  Enter Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) and presidential aide Winifred Ames (Anne Heche).  Their sole duty over the next two weeks is to keep the public distracted by any means necessary.  If it…

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Midway: Now Available on Home Video

Midway is now available to bring home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD following the digital release two weeks ago. Midway pays tribute to fallen American heroes even as the film may also be a spiritual sequel to an earlier Pacific-set World War 2 film, Pearl Harbor. Let’s get it out of the way right now.  Roland Emmerich is certainly attracted to directing films that have a large amount of action in them.  At…

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Comes Home

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is now available to bring home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD following the digital release two weeks ago. If there’s a film that teaches us about the values of kindness over the last year, it’s this film.  If you want a biographical film, there’s the Won’t You Be My Neighbor documentary.  While this film is based on a magazine article, the script took some dramatic liberties such…

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Jojo Rabbit: Oscar-Winning Satire Comes Home

Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi’s Oscar-winning anti-hate satire, is now available for audiences to relive at home and add to their home video collection. There’s a tricky way of addressing the Holocaust and/or World War 2 through satire and humor but Jojo Rabbit does so in a perfect way. Very few films are able to tackle the subject through humor and get it right.  Or at least in way that isn’t tacky.  Making fun of the…

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The Call of the Wild: Buck Will Steal Your Heart

Buck will steal your heart as Jack London’s 1903 short novel, The Call of the Wild, comes to the big screen this weekend. Where prior adaptations have been from the human POV, this is very much Buck’s film.  The St. Bernard/Farm Collie mix, digitally created for the film by way of a St. Bernard/Shepherd mix named Buckley, steals the show regardless of the fact that he’s CGI.  This film takes us on his journey and…

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Robert Iger: The Ride of a Lifetime

Walt Disney Company CEO/Chairman Robert Iger recently published his memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime, a few months ago with memories and leadership lessons. Bob Iger is the 6th CEO of The Walt Disney Company.  Iger took over the reigns following the Save Disney campaign that led to Michael Eisner’s ouster.  He’s currently set to step down from the post when his contract ends in 2021. People will be interested in reading the book because…

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WALL-E: A Spiritual Cousin of Idiocracy

WALL-E, a spiritual cousin of Idiocracy, was one of the best films of 2008 and feels more current some twelve years after its theatrical release. At a time when Disney Animation was still getting back in order, Pixar was churning out some of the best animated films ever.  This film is certainly no exception.  While WALL-E managed to take home an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, it could certainly have crossed over into Best Picture…

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