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Justin Waters Takes On the 2020 Oscars

Justin Waters Takes On the 2020 Oscars

Are we so limited that we cannot simply love two separate movies? Sometimes I feel like watching The Godfather. Sometimes I feel like watching Predator. Oh, one of them has an Oscar? Guess I am the idiot for finding both great in their own way. Thank god someone was there to tell me which was...
Masochistic Masterpieces: Rhinestone

Masochistic Masterpieces: Rhinestone

"You'd have thought we all got together and decided how we could fastest ruin our careers." - Sylvester Stallone when asked about the film years later
Film Review: Terminator: Dark Fate

Film Review: Terminator: Dark Fate

REESE: No you don’t get it Sarah! If it kills you it won’t know what to do. It’ll start a loveless marriage with a woman. It’ll get a job and move into the middle class. It’ll spend weekends drinking beer and watching TV. It’ll grow a conscience! It’s life will be boring Sarah! So very boring....
Film Review: Bong Joon-ho - "Parasite"

Film Review: Bong Joon-ho – “Parasite”

Parasite ultimately expresses the faceted characteristics in ourselves as a healthy balance, the possibilities and pendulum swings from one emotion and style of thinking to another defining us as complex individuals; Bong Joon-ho shows us the balance which can be created within the house of ourselves. Then in his typical unique way shows what happens...
Film Review: Bong Joon-ho - "The Host"

Film Review: Bong Joon-ho – “The Host”

With Bong Joon-ho’s latest Palme d’Or winning film “Parasite” opening recently in theaters, we continue our celebratory look back at this wonderfully vibrant director’s earlier works.
Film Review: Bong Joon-ho - "Barking Dogs Never Bite"

Film Review: Bong Joon-ho – “Barking Dogs Never Bite”

Bong Joon-ho walks a tightrope between hard hitting movies with a message and entertaining popcorn fare. His sensitivity for his characters and intelligence handles the former, his wildly creative filmmaking style takes care of the latter. It is this wonderful mix which makes him such a unique and powerful voice in modern cinema.
Film Review: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Film Review: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco offers no answers just profound redemption through our confusion. Speaking directly to it words of wise comfort; it is acceptable not knowing the way. It is acceptable to bare the burden of scars. It is acceptable to feel angry. It is acceptable to struggle with the truth. In...
Film Review: Peeping Tom

Film Review: Peeping Tom

When film grabs you, it never really lets you go.
Film Review: Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine

Film Review: Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine

Crawford does a damn fine job calling out, as the magazine has done since the very beginning, to those of us born with the stifling boot heel attempts of plastic herd culture to snuff the sense of passion and purpose eating us black sheep alive in the nowhere nothing cul-de-sac wasteland, his words a reassuring...
Film Review: Alita: Battle Angel (NO SPOILERS)

Film Review: Alita: Battle Angel (NO SPOILERS)

We as an audience find ourselves intrigued by her mystery; drawn to the shadow, squinting into the abyss with excitement of the potential sensed boiling beneath the surface. Alita is a martial arts film disguised as a heroes journey and that is what makes it great.
Film Review: Bumblebee Rules!

Film Review: Bumblebee Rules!

Don't ask a film rooted in time stamped nostalgia to entertain you, ask it to transport you back once more into the Neverland of your heart. Bumblebee will not not let you down!
Friday the 13th: Nostalgia, Films, and a Celebration of Fictional Occult Terror

Friday the 13th: Nostalgia, Films, and a Celebration of Fictional Occult Terror

Nostalgia, Films, and a Celebration of Fictional Occult Terror By Jay Armstrong     Take some advice from a dude sitting in his boxers eating three day old cold pizza; find something you geek about and celebrate it. Ask those around you to celebrate it with you. Make it a THING. Maybe you are a...
IT: A Film Above the Criticism

IT: A Film Above the Criticism

IT A Film Above the Criticism By Jay Armstrong As nostalgic exploitation and cultural appropriation choke the soul out of the last vestiges of creativity, we look back on the golden age of cult fanaticism through the lens of IT, our cold shallow like/not-like hearts boldly warmed to life once more through what we are...
Film Review: Raw

Film Review: Raw

Raw by Jay Armstrong   Today marks my fifth time watching Raw. Drop what you are doing, call into work, close this article, and go see the film in the proper religious form it demands. There is a solid chance it will only remain in theaters for a couple of days so, seriously, stop waving...
SXSW Film Review: The Strange Ones

SXSW Film Review: The Strange Ones

  A thought provoking piece of cinema by co-directors Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, The Strange Ones sheds a veil over matters of truth and trauma, presenting a subjective reality that keeps you guessing throughout the film’s 80 minute run. Initiated as a short and years later coming together as a full length feature, we...
SXSW Film Review: Hounds of Love

SXSW Film Review: Hounds of Love

  Ben Young’s Hounds of Love renders as an emotionally staggering directorial debut, illustrating the vicious and cyclical nature of relationship abuse between both lovers and serial killers. Based loosely on true events, the film takes place in December, 1987 in the suburbs of Perth, Australia. Cruising down neighborhood streets, serial killers John (Stephen Curry)...
SXSW Film Review: Us and Them

SXSW Film Review: Us and Them

  A timely film in our current political wake, Us and Them serves as a cathartic viewing between the marginalized working class and the wealthy elite. With the use of flashbacks and screen title cards, Us and Them plays out in a stream-of-consciousness storyline with Danny (Jack Roth) playing leader alongside his blue-collared friends Tommy...
SXSW Film Review: Inheritance

SXSW Film Review: Inheritance

  A intricately weaved collaboration between writer and director Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye, Inheritance is an introspective look into the underlying traumas embedded within families and the difficulty that remains in attempting to escape them. In anticipation of Mara (Jessica Kaye)’s father’s 70th birthday, she brings her recent boyfriend Aaron (Daniel Ahearn) to...
SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon

SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon

  All too often films involving sexual assault/rape scenes seem like a convenient plot point to make a female character complex without ever actually exploring its complexities. Jessica M. Thompson’s film, The Light of the Moon, carefully considers the nuances of one individual’s experience without ever asserting that there is one authentic or correct way...
SXSW Film Review: Flesh and Blood

SXSW Film Review: Flesh and Blood

  Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood interweaves both fictional and documentary-style elements throughout the course of his film, succeeding in both an incredibly personal and incredibly political story. Casting his own mother, Cheri Honkala, and his younger step-brother, Guillero Santos, Mark returns home to his family from years in prison only to find Pittsburgh has...
SXSW Film Review: Infinity Baby

SXSW Film Review: Infinity Baby

  Set in the not so distant future comes Infinity Baby, a company initiated by Neo (Nick Offerman) where infants perpetually stay infants due to a genetic modification in their DNA. Less a question of how these babies came to be and the scientific explanation behind them, infinity babies are presented similar to the latest...
SXSW Film Review: Signature Move

SXSW Film Review: Signature Move

  Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move is a refreshing and eye-opening romantic comedy on the interpersonal relationships between women, family, and diverse cultural backgrounds. Inspired by actual events, the story revolves around Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza), a Pakistani lawyer in her 30’s, acting as caretaker to her recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) by day and trains...
Film Review: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Film Review: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Film Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them By Jay Armstrong Kevin Smith once spoke of being invited on the set of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, “The moment I stepped on the Millennium Falcon 10 years dropped off my life. Suddenly I was in my 30’s, and I hadn’t done ‘Cop Out,’...
Fantastic Fest's Fashionista: A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery Inside a Woman's Psyche

Fantastic Fest’s Fashionista: A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery Inside a Woman’s Psyche

  When it comes to films about addiction and recovery, there’s a plethora of titles that explore these themes in terms of drug use and sexuality. Director Simon Rumley examines these topics through a different lens that is universal to all of us — at what point do we separate creating our own individual identity...
Film Review: Hell Or High Water

Film Review: Hell Or High Water

Amidst all the greatness we have had the privileged to see this year, Hell or High Water sits firmly at number one as what will be revisited with thirst over and over again infinitum.
Film Review: The Neon Demon

Film Review: The Neon Demon

Only a handful of films have ever been able to touch on the double-standards of beauty, The Neon Demon may be the most honest. There is a risk of taking the experience as mere hyperbole, it cuts much deeper than that as honesty often does
Film Review: The Lobster

Film Review: The Lobster

  In a world where fatalism and duty are the ideological approach most subscribe to about relationships it is unbelievable how rarely a film comes along which looks straight at that bleak closed way of thinking and gives us an honest diagnosis of the disease. Yorgos Lanthimos interrogates modern relationships in The Lobster with pointed...
Film Review: Knight of Cups: We're All Islands... Some of Us Just Choose To Be

Film Review: Knight of Cups: We’re All Islands… Some of Us Just Choose To Be

  By the time you read this Knight of Cups will most likely be gone from theaters to make way for more starch filled pieces of waste such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant. No one is surprised by our lack of intellectual interrogation, it disappoints me that the...
SXSW Film Reviews: The Master Cleanse and Chevalier

SXSW Film Reviews: The Master Cleanse and Chevalier

The Master Cleanse   Meaninglessly drifting through life, Paul Berger (Johnny Galecki) stumbles across a TV commercial advertising a quiet retreat and the promise of coming out renewed. Despite the sinister sounding release he’s signed, Berger nevertheless is on board with his master cleanse. Joining Paul on his retreat to the middle of the woods...
FILM REVIEW: The World of Kanako

FILM REVIEW: The World of Kanako

  Beginning with Kant two hundred years ago and his belief “every event has a cause,” arguing around the framework of experience being supplied not from outside, from the external world itself, but by us, saying the presuppositions of morality are that those who obey the moral law should be rewarded, that the world by...
Seashells: A Short in Beauty and Nostalgia

Seashells: A Short in Beauty and Nostalgia

  Although no one’s experience is identical to another, I think we can all agree that growing up is hella weird. And sometimes sad, embarrassing, and confusing. But in looking back upon the saddest, most embarrassing, and most confusing times, you realize that these once Earth-shattering moments are really just blips in a life that...
Movies To Die For: Teenage

Movies To Die For: Teenage

When I first read up on the root of Matt Wolf’s new flick, “Teenage,” I wasn’t convinced. What do you mean “the development of the teenager?” Teenagers have always been around… An entire phase of life didn’t just come out of nowhere. But, once I started the film, (curled on the couch with a glass...

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