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June 13, 2019

#KickingtheCanon by Greg Cwik Film

A Touch of Zen | King Hu

June 13, 2019

Ensconced in the forest, enfolded by lush, verdant foliage, a spider’s web glints, caught in the halation of the sun; the glistening, intricate pattern is one of the myriad beauties crafted by nature, but it is also a deadly trap set by a formidable predator. Ensnared in the web is an unfortunate slew of insects, writhing, swaddled, helpless. Nature plays a prominent role in King Hu’s films, especially A Touch of Zen — which is often considered the apogee of the wuxia genre.…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Men In Black International | F. Gary Gray

When Men in Black debuted in 1997, it was as an amiable goof, Ghostbusters with aliens, a delight. The then-cutting edge special effects and breezy chemistry between its two leads largely covered for the fact that there wasn’t much plot relative to its universe-expanding premise,…

June 13, 2019
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Shaft | Tim Story

Gordon Parks’s 1971 Shaft is now almost 50 years old. The film didn’t begin the blaxploitation subgenre, but it was certainly its most popular example up until that time — and both the title character and the actor who played him, Richard Roundtree, quickly…

June 13, 2019
#StreamingScene by M.G. Mailloux Film

Loqueesha | Jeremy Saville

“You know, I grew up around black people my whole life. I mean, if the truth be told, I probably know n***** better than you. And don’t go getting offended by my use of the quote-unquote N-word. I have a black wife and two…

June 13, 2019
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