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Palm Springs | Max Barbakow

July 9, 2020

Ever since H.G. Wells unleashed The Time Machine upon the world in 1895, artists have used the conceit to impart important life lessons, waxing broadly on everything from mortality to regret to the meaning of existence. Wells was the first to offer a science-based vision of the theoretical phenomenon rather than a fantasy iteration, a development that tethers the mechanism to reality in a way that generously welcomes moralizing and lesson-learning. Wrinkles to the formula have been added over the…

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Da 5 Bloods | Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s newest joint, Da 5 Bloods, makes perfectly clear its influences when, within the first five minutes, the camera pans out from a giant poster of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Vietnam War treatise Apocalypse Now, itself a spin on Joseph Conrad’s high school…

June 13, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Steven Warner Film

Fargo | Joel & Ethan Coen

The brilliance in the work of Joel and Ethan Coen comes from the brothers’ ability to find balance in the seemingly contradictory nature of life. The Coens love contrasts: those of plot and character and those having to do with the visual art of…

March 25, 2020
#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 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
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