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Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 104: Four Brothers

November 19, 2019

#104: Four Brothers Download episode here. Listen to episode here. Episode Description:This week, Summer Blockbuster!?! gets into the holiday spirit as we take on 2005’s Thanksgiving-set revenge tale Four Brothers, directed by John Singleton. Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund star as foster brothers who return home to Detroit to bury their mother, who was gunned down execution-style in a robbery gone wrong. They will stop at nothing to find the killers, including elder abuse, animal abuse, child…

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Chance the Rapper | The Big Day

Across three mixtapes preceding Chancelor Bennett AKA Chance the Rapper’s studio debut, an organic maturation, both personal and artistic, occurred. 10 Day proved a largely forgettable lo-fi coming out, but nonetheless anticipated Bennett’s marriage of linguistic eloquence and the drippy vigor of youth. Follow-up…

August 19, 2019
by Luke Gorham Film Retrospective

Mystery | Lou Ye

Despite Lou Ye’s reputation for pushing the boundaries of Chinese censorship guidelines – due to his often frank and incisive takes on politics, gender, and sexuality – Mystery proves a confoundingly tame affair. It opens with the antics of privileged, hedonistic youths racing cars…

May 17, 2019
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Guava Island | Hiro Murai

“Anywhere where in order to get rich you have to make someone else richer is America” says musician Deni (Donald Glover) early into Guava Island — a cynical musing that proves a thematic ingress for this film. The specifics of the fictional, Caribbean-flecked nation…

April 19, 2019
by Luke Gorham Retrospective

Woman on the Beach | Hong Sang-soo

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…

October 19, 2018
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