Editorials

by / on May 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE RAPE OF SANSA STARK

I am a patient person by nature. I don’t overreact. Ever. At all. But there are times when there’s no such thing as overreaction, when the anger just boils over and we have to say something. That point came for […]

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by / on May 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE HYPER-MASCULINITY OF COMMANDO

In 1985, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in Commando as John Matrix, a badass ex-military commando who has retired to the foothills of…somewhere and become a stay-at-home dad for his daughter Jenny (Alyssa Milano). Of course, no special ops agent with the […]

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by / on May 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

JUST A JOKE

Last week, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner caused a minor fracas when they were asked how they felt about Black Widow’s apparent relationship with Bruce Banner/the Hulk – a stupid question, really, but then that’s what press junkets are all […]

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by / on April 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

BE KIND, REWATCH

When I was about five years old, I used to rewatch Lady and the Tramp over and over again. I watched it so much that I wore down the tape. I knew every frame of that film, every line, every […]

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by / on April 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE RISE OF THE UNCERTAIN EPIC

To understand American culture of any time period since the invention of cinema, you need only look at its films. Ever since Lord of the Rings, Hollywood has been on an epic kick, embracing the possibilities of the big, overblown […]

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by / on April 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

OUTRAGE

I write for several film blogs now, including my own, and read consistently any number of others. The observation I’m about to make has been observed before, but it’s one that continues to come back to me because it makes […]

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by / on March 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE HOLLYWOOD MULTIVERSE

Every film franchise now has its own universe: the MCU, the DCU, the Monsterverse, the…Transformer-verse? Then of course we have Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, and even Terminator. You’re not anything if you don’t have your own universe nowadays. Universal […]

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by / on March 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

A BEAUTIFUL MELANCHOLY

I recently saw The Tale of Princess Kaguya, a film from the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, once home to the brilliant Hayao Miyazaki. Princess Kaguya is a very different animation style from what we usually expect from Ghibli – […]

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by / on March 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

KINGSMAN AND THE HOLY GRAIL

Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Kingsman: The Secret Service has received its fair share of praise, most of it deserved: Colin Firth is great, Samuel L. Jackson should have been a Bond villain before now, Taron Egerton has a strong career […]

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by / on March 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES OF PSYCHO

Having spent far too much time in my film-viewing life discussing, considering, and watching the films of Alfred Hitchcock, I have formed certain opinions about which film is his greatest masterpiece. Not my favorite Hitchcock film, necessarily – that usually […]

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