#BlockbusterBeat

#BlockbusterBeat by Luke Gorham Film

Irresistible | Jon Stewart

June 26, 2020

To understand the ostensible intent of Jon Stewart’s latest film, Irresistible, it’s best to begin at the end: “Money lived happily ever after…reveling in its outsized influence over American politics,” a postscript reads. This is a uniquely unifying idea in contemporary America, one that all but the most extreme fanatics and plutocrats can rally behind. But on his way to this punctuation mark, Stewart constructs a film built on equal-opportunity caricature, one as dangerous in what it ignores as it…

Continue Reading

#BlockbusterBeat by Steven Warner Film

The Hunt | Craig Zobel

After a six month delay resulting from various media outlets labelling the film, sight unseen, as “dangerous Liberal propaganda,” Craig Zobel’s horror-comedy The Hunt finally makes its way to theaters. In an inspired move, producer Jason Blum took a page out of the William…

March 25, 2020
#BlockbusterBeat by Steven Warner Film

Onward | Dan Scanlon

There is a lot wrong with Onward, Pixar’s highly uninspired 22nd feature film. Its most surprising fault, though, is its complete lack of detail. Sure, it remains present aesthetically, in its gorgeous photorealistic backdrops and in each carefully tousled hair atop the head of…

March 10, 2020
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

The Invisible Man | Leigh Whannell

From the 1933 original to Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man, the cinematic iterations of Invisible Men have generally dealt with how a lack of accountability tends to bring out the worst in people, and they typically grant already somewhat sociopathic or narcissistic male characters with…

February 27, 2020
#BlockbusterBeat by Steven Warner Film

Downhill | Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

The majority of American moviegoers probably have no idea that the new comedy Downhill is a remake of 2014’s French/Swedish co-production Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Ostlund. And so, in an bid at fairness and imagination, this review will attempt to abstain from comparison…

February 18, 2020
#BlockbusterBeat by Steven Warner Film

Sonic the Hedgehog | Jeff Fowler

“I’m not in the mood to get probed today.” “You think you’re worried? I’m not even wearing pants!” And so goes the humor of Sonic the Hedgehog, 2020’s adaptation of the classic ‘90’s SEGA video game. That conversation takes place between our furry hero…

February 17, 2020
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Birds of Prey | Cathy Yan

Ostensibly a spinoff from 2016’s Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey wisely abandons most of that film’s macho swagger — and, much more pointedly, its iteration of the Joker character — in favor of some easily digestible pop feminism in the form of a softened…

February 6, 2020
In Review | Online film and music criticism