Captain America: Civil War

I know this review isn’t going to be very popular because I’m in the clear minority of critics when I say this: Captain America: Civil War isn’t very good. As a stand-alone movie, Civil War isn’t the worst that Marvel has put out, but  in the context of their shared universe it displays all of the…

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Oscars 2016: LGBTQ Edition

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Oscars

Should the story of a fraught lesbian relationship be told by a pair of heterosexual women? Is a cis man the best person to portray a very real trans woman? These are things I won’t remotely be addressing as I review two more movies for Oscar season. TL;DR Watch Carol, skip…

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Oscars 2016: Child Abuse Edition

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Oscars

Oscar season is upon us and that means my friends and family mainline nominees like junkies. This year I figured I’d take a different approach to looking at the films up for some of the bigger awards since so many seem to have come in pairs. So let’s take a look at the best…

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The Ballad of Han and Leia

Jurassic World, along with the slew of new Star Wars movies, have stirred up discussions on the Romantic Scoundrel. This archetype is not an easy one to pull off, as it takes a deft hand to keep a “scoundrel” from becoming a “bag of dicks”. All sorts of things can go…

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Reaction Ex Machina

This is not a standard review. It is, as the title states, a reaction. Ex Machina is one of those thinky science fiction movies. In analogical terms, Ex Machina is to Terminator 2 as Primer is to Back to the Future Part 2. The film follows Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), who wins a…

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Poltergeist’s passionate mediocrity

This past week has been all over the place, as far as quality of watched films. I’ve seen bland sequels, offensive sequels, dull remakes, and impressive originals, but Poltergeist was a strange one. It wasn’t screened early for critics, which usually means it is relying on ignorance to bolster opening weekend…

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It Follows review

Note: This review had been previously published on my old blog. It’s been out of theaters, but recently came out on DVD, so I figured now would be a relevant time to re-post. Also, I love this movie. It is amazingly crafted, and it’s important. It Follows also fits into this summer’s hit…

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