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Investigating the CIA: “Wind of Change”

Investigating the CIA: “Wind of Change”
November 28, 2020

From the ghostly whistling intro, the song “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions is weirdly riveting. It was released in 1990, and as Patrick Radden Keefe says in his recent podcast, also called “Wind...

“Sharknado”

“Sharknado”
November 28, 2020

When I finally got around to watching 2013’s bluntly titled “Sharknado,” I was expecting two things—sharks and tornadoes. What I was not expecting was family drama, uncomfortable romance and dialogue...

Drama in “Chicago 7”

Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong) and
Abbie Hofman (Sacha Baron Cohen)
November 13, 2020

The war in Vietnam was not going well in 1968, and although some 16,000 police and national guard were deployed to the streets of Chicago, the Democratic National Convention in that city did not go well...

1979’s “Alien” still holds up as a sci-fi/horror blend

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the 1979 classic
November 13, 2020

Despite it being on my mind as a film I wanted and needed to see, I dawdled for a long time before watching 1979’s “Alien” since I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. However,...

Oh, the horror!

Oh, the horror!
November 13, 2020

In all of its forms, whether it be novel, video game or film, horror makes you question your own reality and peek under your bed in the dead of night. For many people like me, horror is the best genre...

“Plan 9 from Outer Space”

“Plan 9 from Outer Space”
November 13, 2020

Only a few things are usually needed to ruin an otherwise fine film. However, writer, director and producer Ed Wood seemed to take no risk of a good movie when creating his most famous film, “Plan...

9: animated ragdoll horror

9 and 5 exploring some old ruins
October 26, 2020

One of my favorite underrated gems of animation is a post-apocalyptic horror movie starring a collection of ragdolls whose goal is to save all life on Earth. Based on a 2005 short film by Director Shane...

A Ratched Review

From left to right: Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Paulson, Jon Jon Briones
October 26, 2020

“American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy released his newest glam and gore series on Sept. 18. The Netflix series, “Ratched,” follows the origin story of Nurse Ratched from the book “One Flew...

Stolen

Stolen
October 26, 2020

A bad movie can be made due to any number of reasons. A low budget, sloppy writing, lackluster acting and executive incompetence can all lead to a film’s failure. A bad movie can also be made by rehashing...

You don’t know Jack

You don’t know Jack
October 8, 2020

“What Did Jack Do?” is a fifteen-minute short film that takes place in a locked down train station. Director and writer David Lynch stars as a detective interrogating a Jack, a monkey voiced by Jack...

Reel Bad: “Rubber”

Reel Bad:
October 8, 2020

When I came to the realization that I could turn my hobby of regularly watching shitty movies into publishable work, I knew I needed to start off with a notoriously bad film. There are a few movies that...

1982 cult classic “The Thing” still horrifies and delights

1982 cult classic
April 15, 2020

John Carpenter’s 1982 film “The Thing” is one of the greatest achievements of horror. The film is a terrifying look into the human psyche when a group is put in isolation and they begin to mistrust...

Sesame Street and SNL: “Sack Lunch Bunch”

Sesame Street and SNL:
April 13, 2020

As the Netflix logo fades out, an obscure quote from Erika Jayne of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” fades in reading, “Do you know who tells the truth? Drunks and children.” “So I have...

“Sonic” movie is a bad joke

April 13, 2020

Amateur director Jeff Fowler made his first “successful” and full-length movie with the video game character, Sonic the Hedgehog, who just makes cliché jokes and never develops character. It’s like...

Bad plot, bad porn: “The Room”

February 20, 2020

Imagine a film that has it all. Every scene is perfectly shot – the way the camera moves is entrancing. The dialogue is gripping and delivered masterfully. The physical acting is just as good, with body...

An un-bear advantage

An un-bear advantage
February 20, 2020

I had been let down before by the Discovery channel and wasn’t sure I would be able to trust them again. It was the summer of 2017 and Shark Week was swimming along the TV guide. I was promised a race...

The Joker: Maybe not so funny

The Joker: Maybe not so funny
February 10, 2020

The film Joker was released Oct. 4, 2019, and was screened at the Bijou Cineplex 4 in Morrisville. The movie was also screened at The Roxy located in Burlington, and the Essex Cinema. The movie was directed...

DiCaprio’s disturbing documentary disappoints

December 12, 2019

“Before the Flood,” staring Leonardo DiCaprio aired a little over three years ago. This Hollywood star used his fame in attempts to bring climate change to light in a way that creates change like never...

Compelling and cruel: “The Report” is a true story at breakneck pace

Compelling and cruel: “The Report” is a true story at breakneck pace
December 12, 2019

From Director Scott Z. Burns, the producer and writer of “Side Effects,” “Contagion” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” comes an Amazon Prime Original Movie, “The Report.” The film was released...

Hilariously happy ever raptor

Velocipastor's poster
November 7, 2019

“The VelociPastor” is an understated character study with a lot to say, subtly mining pathos from small moments of everyday life. Just kidding. “The VelociPastor” is a movie about a priest who...

“The Mask” show confidence

October 3, 2019

Why have young men been raised to not show emotion? Why can men not share their emotions without being called feminine? In what ways has the media in our society changed the way boys are raised? Many of...

“The Act”: true crime, truly bizarre

“The Act”: true crime, truly bizarre
April 4, 2019

True crime dramatization is a hard genre to master, often playing out on the screen more like a low budget B movie than a feature quality production. Hulu’s new series “The Act” has managed to capture...

Dysfunction works for “Umbrella Academy”

Dysfunction works for “Umbrella Academy”
March 21, 2019

“Umbrella Academy” is a Netflix series based on the comic book by Gerard Way, the front man of alternative rock band My Chemical Romance. With the rise of comic book-inspired television anyone who...

Dumplin’ disappoints

Dumplin’ disappoints
February 21, 2019

Well, it’s happened again. Movie trailers have led us to believe that Netflix made a great movie about strong women, body positivity, empowerment and acceptance of all kinds of people, when in reality,...

“House of Cards” falls flat without Spacey

Promotional poster for season six featuring Robin Wright’s Claire
December 14, 2018

When developing the sixth and final season of his Netflix series "House of Cards," creator Beau Willimon was put in an impossible situation by the show’s star, Kevin Spacey. Spacey, who played the primary...

Charmed, I’m sure

Absolutely, totally charming
November 9, 2018

In light of the "Charmed" 2018 reboot now airing, let’s take a minute to remember and appreciate the wonderful 1998 original "Charmed" that was influential enough to be brought back 12 years after its...

Jack Ryan returns

Jack Ryan returns
October 2, 2018

As Amazon Video continues to try and chip away at the streaming service monopoly of Netflix, they have invested more funds into creating their own original series. The latest installment is a new take...

“Magic for Humans” good if you’re bored

“Magic for Humans” good if you’re bored
October 2, 2018

Have a short attention span? Like neat magic tricks? Like to laugh at people’s humanity? Incredibly bored? Watch “Magic for Humans” on Netflix. “Magic for Humans” is a Netflix original reality...

“Ozark” puts the South in your mouth

September 18, 2018

In the social media-driven era we currently live in, it’s rare for a television series to slip through the cracks of the relentless internet hype machine. From the moment a new show is announced, it...

Enchanted with “Disenchantment”

Enchanted with
September 18, 2018

After the incredible success that is and was “Futurama” and “The Simpsons”, it seems only fair that Matt Groening has started something new: “Disenchantment”. On Jan. 15, 2016, it was announced...

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