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May 2020

Before We Vanish by InRO Staff Film

Before We Vanish | May 2020: Liberté, Fourteen, The Trip to Greece

May 31, 2020

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 Online’s new monthly feature devoted to current domestic…

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#StreamingScene by Luke Gorham Film

The Vast of Night | Andrew Patterson

The Vast of Night opens with an assured and prefatory walk-and-talk, an extended tracking shot that first follows first Everett (Jake Horowitz), a local radio show host, and then adds Fay (Sierra McCormick), a student and switchboard operator — both young residents of 1950s Cayuga,…

May 30, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Josh Brunsting Film

The Quince Tree Sun | Victor Erice

With the 2020 Cannes Film Festival shuttered in the wake of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the spring festival’s storied history is once again on the minds of cinephiles across the globe. A festival well over 70 years old, it’s become the most prestigious…

May 29, 2020
#StreamingScene by Zach Lewis Film

Scoob! | Tony Cervone

On September 27, 2014, the CW Network cut animation out of their Saturday morning bloc. They were the last network to do so. It was replaced with live-action family-friendly series, mirroring a general trend away from expensive, skilled labor needed for cartoons and toward…

May 22, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Music

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet | Sound

What’s the difference between music and noise? Besides general semantics, the two terms are perceived to create something of a dichotomy in relation to one another; often when trying to pass critical judgment on the sonic qualities of a recorded piece, there’s a tendency…

May 19, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Daniel Gorman Film

New Rose Hotel | Abel Ferrara

For virtually his entire career, Abel Ferrara has seemed to occupy a liminal space in film criticism, not unlike the spaces his characters seem to so often find themselves in — seedy bars, brothels, hotel rooms, all way stations on the road to nowhere.…

May 13, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Ryo Miyauchi Music

Mary J. Blige | My Life

After writing the early blueprint for ’90s R&B, Mary J. Blige laid out her own musical foundations on 1994’s My Life. The influence of hip-hop began to seep into R&B by the end of the ’80s  —  a period that soon saw Bell Biv…

May 12, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Film

Blue | Derek Jarman

Classifying Blue strictly as a piece of cinema seems like a rather odd distinction, considering Derek Jarman breaks the cardinal sin of the medium by removing any and all moving images from his final product. Instead, we’re given only one image — or, only…

May 7, 2020
#StreamingScene by Daniel Gorman Film

Extraction | Sam Hargrave

Since being plucked from relative obscurity by uber-producer Kevin Feige, the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, have become two of the most commercially successful directors of all time. They now seem determined to emulate their former boss, albeit on a smaller scale. Creating their…

May 5, 2020
In Review | Online film and music criticism