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2019

by Paul Attard Film Retrospective

Light | Tsai Ming-liang

June 18, 2020

There’s a willful naivete many cinephiles employ when attempting to wax poetics about “the theater-going experience,” one that blatantly ignores sociopolitical and economic dimensions in favor of embracing the notion that because one has the financial means to A). reside in a city that provides you access to pleasantries like a movie theater and B). afford the price of admission, which is upwards of $20 depending on where one lives, that it somehow adds a certain value to whatever work…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music Year in Review

Top 20 Albums of 2019

2019 was another faithful year that reminded us that there’s no hope whatsoever for anything: Our political system continues to fail us in a remarkable number of ways, cultural institutions continue to decay from lack of funding and relevancy, and the nearly-decade long rise…

January 4, 2020
by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film Year in Review

Top 20 Films of 2019

It’s been a year of confrontation at the movies, as the domestic and international conflicts of the past several years have reached varying degrees of terminus, seemingly (but just as likely not). Battles in the world between tradition and (r)evolution, in all the myriad…

January 2, 2020
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Cats | Tom Hooper

Arguably the most indelible Broadway show of all time, it might be surprising that Cats took nearly forty years to be turned into a movie. At least until you see the movie they made. The King’s Speech’s Tom Hooper has put away the 18mm…

December 19, 2019
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Queen & Slim | Melina Matsoukas

A Tinder date between the two title characters in Queen & Slim (Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya, respectively) goes horribly wrong after they get pulled over by a cop (Sturgill Simpson, weirdly) so cartoonishly racist that he draws his gun when Slim mentions that…

November 26, 2019
#StreamingScene by Daniel Gorman Film

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
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