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Woman on the Beach | Hong Sang-soo

October 19, 2018
Woman Beach

As perhaps the most narratively straightforward Hong Sang-soo film to date, albeit one still prone to a certain structural mischievousness, Woman on the Beach modulates its conceptual restraint in such a languid way as to allow its characters room to breathe. Interestingly, despite this active divergence of approach, Woman on the Beach opens with its Hong stand-in, arthouse director Kim Jung-rae (Kim Seung-woo), in a state of stasis.…

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Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 8

June 27, 2017
It Comes at Night

#8: It Comes at Night Download episode here. Listen to episode here. Episode Description: On this week’s episode we head to the movie theater and check out a film that a majority of critics love and audiences seem to despise, 2017’s “horror” flick It Comes at Night. So what exactly is ‘it’? Why is ‘it’ coming? And, hey, why is the screen…

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Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 7

June 17, 2017
High Tension

#7: High Tension Download episode here. Listen to episode here. Episode Description: On this week’s episode we delve into 2005’s High Tension, an extreme horror flick from France directed by Alexandre Aja that was hacked to death in the editing room by Lionsgate. Hell, they even added an English dub for all you stupid Americans out there! And yet something…

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Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 6

June 14, 2017
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#6: People Like Us Download episode here. Listen to episode here. Episode Description: As the latest version of The Mummy lurches its way into theaters, we take a look at director Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, 2012’s family dramedy People Like Us, a film that forces us to ask the question, “Is incest okay when the participants are Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks?” The argument gets heated.…

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The Whispering Star | Sion Sono

September 2, 2016
Whispering Star

While much of Sion Sono’s early-aughts filmography is littered with cycles of violence and horror—films that plumb the depths of a darkness seemingly inherent in humankind—the ever-ubiquitous director’s finest of a whopping five 2015 theatrical releases pointedly proffers a rejection of its post-human world. With The Whispering Star, Sono opts for a lo-fi science-fiction yarn, a literal chamber drama defined by its textured images. He shoots in a high-contrast black and white, with stars, matches, and candles becoming light sources against an oppressive blackness…

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Where to Invade Next | Michael Moore

December 12, 2015
Where to Invade Next (2015)

Where to Invade Next is really a whole bunch of different movies, but just about each one of them is incisive and humane. Michael Moore’s approach here is almost essayistic, allowing his new documentary’s constituent parts to fluidly integrate into a broader assessment of international cultural progressivism. One particular sociological juxtaposition, between Germany and America’s approach to reparations, registers as the overwhelming highlight, but if the segments on the…

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Brooklyn | John Crowley

December 10, 2015
Brooklyn

The biggest surprise of Brooklyn is how determinedly sweet it remains to the end, its period vibrancy bordering on the genteel. In navigating the push-pull narrative of Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish girl who relocates to New York in the early ’50s, director John Crowley leaves little doubt as to what’s in his heroine’s best interests, juxtaposing the dreary, oppressive milieu of her homeland with the nouveau pastels of New York City. It’s here, in her newly-adopted…

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Burnt | John Wells

November 16, 2015
Burnt (2015)

The re-emergence of the culinary arts as part of the zeitgeist has been an evolving narrative for the past decade, most noticeably found on the small screen with fully-dedicated cable channels and network reality shows. Burnt banks on this built-in relevancy and familiarity in telling the story of Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), a once-renowned chef in Paris who has majorly flamed out thanks to years of alcohol abuse, drug use, and general dickishness. Heading to London after three years of…

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The Walk | Robert Zemeckis

November 1, 2015
the-walk

Those who’ve seen James Marsh’s superior 2008 documentary Man on Wirewill be familiar with most of the narrative territory explored in Robert Zemeckis’s faithful recreation The Walk. Detailing the astonishing 1974 tightrope walk performed by Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) between the newly-constructed World Trade Center towers, Zemeckis’s film operates in three ready-made segments.…

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Everest | Baltasar Kormákur

October 5, 2015
Everest (2015)

Everest is based largely on Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, a true-life tale of survival and death atop the titular mountain that is, at its core, both stark and cerebral. The text is an examination of memory, and its role in feeding the ghosts that haunt us, imbedded within a gripping disaster narrative. Director Baltasar Kormákur’s adaptation is generally unable to find that same balance. Visually, his Everest is a visceral wonder: the camera swirls, glides, and plunges over peaks…

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies | Peter Jackson

December 24, 2014
hobbittbattle

With the release of The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, it should be obvious to all who have followed him down this path that this second Middle Earth triptych is not “based on” its titular source material in the same way his Lord of the Rings films were. He takes inspiration and major plot points from J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal (and relatively brief) fantasy novel, but this three-part Hobbit is as…

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You Can’t Stop What’s Coming | Fall Film 2008

August 12, 2008
YCSWC

A few weeks back we presented you with our lists of the best films of 2008, so far. Without much fanfare we now share our picks for what looks good that’s yet to be released. As it’s impossible to tell if any of these movies will really be worth our time, a list like this shouldn’t be taken too seriously: these are just films that Luke and I both agree have a fair amount of potential.…

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