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#KickingtheCanon by M.G. Mailloux Film

A Perfect World | Clint Eastwood

March 3, 2019
perfect world

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 injustices of reality. And yet, the world that is shared and created by the film’s surrogate father and surrogate son is never quite that, because for all of its ability to warp time and space and…

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#KickingtheCanon by Hassan Abbas Music

Sepultura | Chaos A.D.

December 15, 2018

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 independence, the country has witnessed the trademark political…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music

Foreign Correspondent | Issue 2

December 15, 2018

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 South Korean releases, from girl group Red Velvet and composer/multi-instrumentalist Park Jiha; and two Japanese albums, from singer-songwriter Yoshizawa Kayoko and idol group Maison Book Girl. The issue also features a selection for InRO‘s Kicking the Canon: Brazilian heavy-metal icons Sepultura’s 1993 album Chaos A.D.…

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by Scout Tafoya Retrospective

The Room | Sion Sono

August 9, 2016
The Room Big

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 way to critique modernity. The heroes of 1993’s The Room—a man dressed like a detective, a woman trying to sell him an apartment—speak around each other, trying and failing to re-code the other’s linguistic pattern. Sono snickers at…

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#KickingtheCanon by Tom Elrod Film

The Age of Innocence | Martin Scorsese

July 16, 2015

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 moves around the space, it quickly becomes clear why this sentence switches suddenly to the past tense…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 5

June 13, 2011

#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 did there?) The examined films range from the serious (Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Charisma) to the not-so-serious (William Friedkin’s The Guardian) to the are-you-fucking-serious (Contamination.7 a.k.a. Troll 3).…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 2

February 28, 2011

#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 Hornio Brothers, about which the nicest thing that can be said is that it ends, eventually. Before that, though, you have to endure bored early-’90s porno sex, incoherent plotting and a villain who…

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