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April 2015

#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Avengers: Age of Ultron | Joss Whedon

April 29, 2015

There are a lot of superhero movies these days, evidently the subject of much critical handwringing. Maybe they’re poisoning popular cinema — bloated advertisements for themselves draining resources and eyeballs away from more worthy fare. Or maybe they’re just the latest pop trend, no different from the glut of westerns or zombie movies in decades past. Either way, they’re not going anywhere. So, as an experiment, rather than sneer at them for flaws likely intrinsic to manufacturing…

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#KickingtheCanon by Jake Cole Film

7 Women | John Ford

John Ford’s late career was dotted with heavily revisionist takes on the western cinematic mythology he helped to define, whether attacks on the genre’s racism or even its legacy as a romanticized outpost of uncivilized abandon. Ford’s final film, 7 Women, gave these critiques their purest…

April 27, 2015
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Ex Machina | Alex Garland

Partway through Ex Machina, Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson), a mousy coder at a giant tech company, and Nathan, his supergenius employer (Oscar Isaac), discuss whether or not an alleged artificially intelligent android Nathan has created is sexually interested in Caleb. Nathan single-mindedly insists that the machine,…

April 16, 2015
#KickingtheCanon by Vadim Rizov Music

Elliot Smith | XO

Pretty much all songs on all of Elliott Smith’s released recordings are immaculate on both the structural and engineering fronts, which doesn’t make them any less occasionally uncomfortable to listen to. At the moment of its release and after, XO was presumably forcing fans to choose an…

April 10, 2015
by Matt Lynch Film

While We’re Young | Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg opened with Greta Gerwig’s character, a young woman working as a wealthy man’s personal assistant, trying to merge into traffic, saying “Are you gonna let me in?” Baumbach’s latest, While We’re Young, begins with a quote from Ibsen’s The Master Builder in which a young woman suggests…

April 9, 2015
#KickingtheCanon by Odie Henderson Music

Prince and the Revolution | Parade

Beginning with its titular event and ending with a funeral, Prince’s Parade is obsessed with love, sex and death. If that weren’t enough baggage, Parade also serves as the soundtrack to the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon. Prince’s Paris-set follow-up to Purple Rain tells the life and death story of Prince’s…

April 2, 2015
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Furious 7 | James Wan

You can claim to be invested in the Fast and/or Furious series for fancy cars, or for the characters and the laid-back diversity of the cast, or the occasional welcome nod to feminism, but really it’s all about the action. When Fast Five and, to a much greater…

April 2, 2015
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