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#KickingtheCanon by Sam Thomas-Redfern Film

Naked | Mike Leigh

May 6, 2019

In 1987, Margaret Thatcher made her infamous assertion that “there is no such thing as society” in order to espouse her doctrine of methodological individualism. Well, if the specter of Thatcher looms large over Naked, then it seems only natural that most of its characters should be atoms adrift — disengaged from the world around them.…

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Before We Vanish by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film

Before We Vanish | Issue 4

OK, so things don’t really vanish anymore: even the most limited film release will (most likely, eventually) find its way onto some streaming service or into some DVD bargain bin assuming that those still exist by the time this sentence finishes. In other words, while the title of In Review…

May 6, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by M.G. Mailloux Film

A Perfect World | Clint Eastwood

A Perfect World‘s title is contradictory, born from a phrase that implies that life will never really amount to what we want it to — but abbreviated, so as to suggest that the central relationship in Clint Eastwood’s film is a utopian alternative to the…

March 3, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Hassan Abbas Music

Sepultura | Chaos A.D.

Brazil in the early ’90s, seen in popular imaginaries of the West and as a rich cultural oasis of bustling urbanity and golden, suntanned sexual expression, loses its luster when looked at through the lens of its imperial history. Riddled with almost 400 years of direct colonialist rule, since its…

December 15, 2018
by InRO Staff Feature Articles Foreign Correspondent Music

Foreign Correspondent | Issue 2

In an effort to reboot our music coverage, In Review Online has launched some monthly features devoted to reviewing new album releases. One such feature is Foreign Correspondent — a survey of new releases from the international music world. In this issue, we cover releases from Chilean pop sensation Mon Laferte; two…

December 15, 2018
by Scout Tafoya Retrospective

The Room | Sion Sono

Where Shin’ya Tsukamoto pulled Japan’s industrial guts out and gave them horrid new life, Sion Sono dove in to the same viscera and lit a cigarette. Ballardian ennui and Garrellian textured stillness, Sono bites his thumb at the idea of precious pretension as a…

August 9, 2016
#KickingtheCanon by Tom Elrod Film

The Age of Innocence | Martin Scorsese

There is a remarkable shot late in The Age of Innocence when the narrator (Joanne Woodward) describes a room in Newland Archer’s (Daniel Day-Lewis) New York City home as “the room in which most of the real things in his life had happened.” As the camera…

July 16, 2015
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 5

#5: The Tree of Death: Rooting Around in the Killer Tree Subgenre Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, Simon & Steve tackle a fundamentally ridiculous topic when they decide to go rooting around in the very small killer-tree subgenre. (Tree? Rooting? You see what I…

June 13, 2011
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 2

#2: The Worst Video Game Movies, Round One: King Pooper Vs. Uwe Boll Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, the Bad Idea boys tackle a very bad idea when they decide to examine the bottom of the video-game-movie bell curve—the Ron-Jeremy-starring adult feature Super…

February 28, 2011
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