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by Greg Cwik Film Streaming Scene

Shirley | Josephine Decker

Describing Sofia Behrs Tolstaya, a diarist and photographer who remains better known as the wife of Leo Tolstoy, Elizabeth Hardwick wrote: “With her mangled intelligence, her operatic, intolerable frenzies of distress, she comes forth still with an almost menacing aliveness, saying it all like…

June 5, 2020
by Luke Gorham Film Streaming Scene

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
by Zach Lewis Film Streaming Scene

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
by Daniel Gorman Film Streaming Scene

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
by Daniel Gorman Film Streaming Scene

Vivarium | Lorcan Finnegan

My wife and two children have been at home since March 14th. I worked until the 17th, as my company waffled back and forth over reducing hours of operation before finally giving up and shutting its doors entirely, furloughing all employees until further notice.…

April 30, 2020
by Alex Engquist Film Streaming Scene

The Grand Bizarre | Jodie Mack

The first feature-length work from avant-garde filmmaker/animator/composer Jodie Mack defies easy categorization. The Grand Bizarre is a sort of musical (like her Yard Work Is Hard Work and Dusty Stacks of Mom) in that Mack’s rhythmic editing is synchronized with her original synth-pop score,…

April 9, 2020
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by Luke Gorham Film Streaming Scene

The Platform | Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Borrowing from J.G. Ballard’s metaphorical scaffolding — as outlined in the author’s social-horror novel, High-Rise (and its mismanaged film adaptation) — Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s conceptually similar, subgenred mash-up The Platform opts for a literalized actualization of the failures of benevolence. The Pit exists somewhere between…

March 6, 2020
by Joe Biglin Film Streaming Scene

System Crasher | Nora Fingesheidt

Another portrait of trauma, Nora Fingesheidt’s debut feature revolves around the social condition indicated by its title: Systemsprenger, or System Crasher. The film follows problem child Benni (Helena Zengel), whose violent clashes with the foster care system leave her to fall through the cracks…

February 21, 2020
by Daniel Gorman Film Streaming Scene

Earthquake Bird | Wash Westmoreland

For some inexplicable reason, Netflix seems to have set its sights on reviving the early-to- mid 90’s boom of erotic thrillers, old-fashioned melodramas mixed with vague neo-noir trappings and done up with a patina of sex and slick, gauzy cinematography (think anything with Rebecca…

November 22, 2019
by Matthew Lucas Film Streaming Scene

Lady and the Tramp | Charlie Bean

At this point, the Disney live action remake is a fact of life, a part of the current moviegoing landscape as ubiquitous as superheroes and unwanted remakes. So far, their quality has ranged from solid (Cinderella) to unnecessary (The Lion King) to dreadful (Aladdin).…

November 19, 2019
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