Growing Up Isn’t Easy

This year at NYCC, I attended a panel called Pop Culture Witches.  It covered specific magical/witch characters throughout movies, TV, comics, books, etc. and the panelists were a delightful group of people who have either created these witches, are in the process of creating new ones, or themselves identify as…

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Eighth Grade

Today (8/6/18) there will be free screenings of this movie with no enforcement of ratings! Get your tweens and teens to see this Rated R movie. This Wednesday night. No ratings enforced. If you’ve been through 8th grade, eighth grade is for you. This is not just adult content. This is…

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Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You is one of the strangest movies I’ve seen in a long time. And I expected it to be strange from the trailers. It’s also one of the most impressive. Visually the trailers seem to advertise a “black Michel Gondry” (and in fact, there’s one “blink and…

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Oscars 2018: Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread Originally this was going to be another double feature entitled Two World War Twos wherein I would review Darkest Hour and Dunkirk. I’ll be honest, I’m somewhat burnt out on World War II (#askaJew) and wasn’t particularly looking forward to two dour features to slog through on the subject. I had…

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Oscars 2018: Coming of Age

This is the category of Oscar nominated movies that co-star Timothée Chalamet. No? Sorry. This is the category of nominees that are oddly recent period pieces. Wrong again? Ugh. Okay, how about these are the coming of age stories for 2018? There we go. Call Me By Your Name (deserves Best…

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Oscars 2018: Breaking News

The Post This is a weird one. It’s clearly the most Oscar-baitey movie one could imagine, nearly being the platonic ideal of awards begging. It’s also fiercely mediocre. The Post has a pedigree that should have a broad enough appeal, backed by gobs of talent, to be “good” at the…

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Oscars 2018: The Genre Films

This year has been surprisingly inclusive in certain traditionally stodgy Oscar categories. White men are in the minority for best director by 2:31, which is great! And genre movies have also done surprisingly well. For Best Picture we get horror and science fiction/fantasy representing, with Get Out and The Shape of…

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Thor: Ragnarok

Some spoilers I’m going to buck the trend when I say this, but I wasn’t all that impressed with Thor: Ragnarok. That’s not to say it was terrible, and that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. But I was simply not impressed with the movie. Going in, I…

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