REVIEW: With ‘Parasite’, Bong Joon-Ho Fashions a Genuine Jaw Dropper

“[Bong Joon-Ho has] crafted an indelible soul-whipper, a tale primed to have a profound cultural resonance. “ Right off the bat, let me say that Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite is an absolute supernova; an explosion of talent and brilliance and incisive commentary that we don’t get very often. It’s worth seeing, and is probably best first viewed without…

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On Unbecoming a Hero: Why and How ‘Ad Astra’ Resembles The Odyssey

Midway through Ad Astra, Brad Pitt’s Roy McBride boards a ship to Mars. When they see his name on the manifest, the crew asks if he is that Roy McBride. He says he is and they celebrate; they’re honored to transport the son of a hero, the son of the greatest astronaut there ever was.…

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REVIEW: “Treads water over territory previously explored” – ‘IT: Chapter 2’ (2019)

“Engaging, but lacking in thematic depth.” IT Chapter 2 finishes off the Loser Club’s story with a behemoth of a film that’s fixated on the past. Of course, this seems fitting considering that this film’s events rely on the 27 year cycle of the central shape-shifting creature. There’s definitely room to explore how time has…

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‘Midsommar’ and The Big White Cult

The following article contains spoilers for Ari Aster’s Midsommar.   One of the principal criticisms of Midsommar is that it’s main thematic assertion is that international travel is dangerous. Cultural critic Richard Brody said it best when he wrote “the subject of “Midsommar” is the absurdity and obtuseness of suspending moral judgment for other cultures in the…

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REVIEW: “More Stressful Than Frightning” – ‘Midsommar’ (2019)

When I first finished Hereditary, Midsommar writer/director Ari Aster’s first film, I sat through the credits in stunned silence. Then I stared out a midnight window for an hour, wrestling with what I’d seen. I hadn’t ever experienced a film that felt so devastatingly cynical, mean, and gut wrenching. After some determined rumination, I realized…

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Best Of 2019 So Far – Derek Sharp

2019, you good fam? It’s no secret that 2019 hasn’t consistently delivered quality cinema, at least from where I’m standing. I’m sure the festival circuit is popping, but most people don’t get to go there. This summer has been especially dry, with several big-budget blockbusters turning out to be, uh, not great.  With all that…

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