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Brightburn | David Yarovesky

June 10, 2019

DC and Marvel have been publishing special, out-of-continuity comic books for decades, usually (but not always) under their respective “Elseworlds” and “What If?” banners. It’s the kind of stuff that fanboys would argue about before the internet, like ‘What if Batman but in Victorian era England and he’s fighting Jack the Ripper?’ or ‘What if Gwen Stacy never died?’ or ‘What if the Punisher killed everyone in the Marvel Universe?.’ It’s all in good fun, these inconsequential hypotheticals, and that…

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The Wandering Earth | Frant Gwo

It’s fascinating to watch a movie come out and gross hundreds of millions of dollars, while also barely making a blip on the American pop culture radar. Obviously, other countries have been producing their own films for as long as the medium has existed,…

May 31, 2019
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Love Education | Syvlia Chang

It’s probably safe to say that Sylvia Chang‘s Love Education is the kind of film that is impossible to get made in America at this point in time. A quiet, patiently observed slice-of-life drama just isn’t in the works from US studios; they would turn this…

May 15, 2019
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Summer Palace | Lou Ye

Lou Ye’s Summer Palace is an exasperating experience, full of interesting ideas and an incendiary political backdrop but falling victim to clichés of poeticized romantic longing. Though not a new idea, conflating the political and the personal can be an interesting way to explore how…

May 14, 2019
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A Land Imagined | Yeo Siew Hua

Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined is a strange beast, beginning as a straightforward, noir-inflected procedural before gradually giving way to a strange, dreamlike reverie, as the narrative contorts itself. Call it a long day’s journey into night. Set in Singapore, Detective Lok (Peter Yu)…

April 26, 2019
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Hellboy | Neil Marshall

Other than as blatant studio IP management, there is no real reason for this Hellboy to exist. Some executive realized, hey, we have a superhero comic book character just sitting there, going unused, waiting for franchise rebirth. The problem is that the first two…

April 19, 2019
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Unicorn Store | Brie Larson

It’s really not clear why Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson would want to cash-in her awards clout on a hopelessly muddled slog like Unicorn Store. Filmed ages ago, the film has been sitting on a shelf since at least 2017, only finally being released now, presumably,…

April 17, 2019
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Gloria Bell | Sebastian Lelio

Sometimes the determination between an actor’s successful and unsuccessful work comes down to context, like the ensemble of actors surrounding them, and sometimes it’s about the writing. But some movie stars simply ‘are,’ and one responds to their presence. We tend to value physical manifestations of…

April 8, 2019
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