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You Must Remember This, by Reed Lackey

23 Nov

Stories about death, deferred dreams, broken families and old wounds don’t immediately resonate as fodder for children’s films. But Pixar’s latest entry, Coco, attempts to tackle these subjects and more. Stunningly, they not only manage to craft an accessible and entertaining fable, but they also express profound observations about legacy, familial heritage and the power of art to unite and to heal.

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The Best of Pictures: All About Eve

16 Nov

Tyler and Josh discuss Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve, Best Picture of 1950.

The Fear of God: Stranger Things (Season 1, chapter 2)

14 Nov

In this episode, Reed and Nathan continue their discussion about the first season of Stranger Things.

Empty Passion, by Darrell Tuffs

10 Nov

What’s the one thing that could make or a break a bleak romantic drama focused on the unstoppable love of two despairing individuals? The answer… chemistry. Unfortunately for Gabe Kliger’s European art/indie feature Porto (2017), it had none.

It’s not that Porto is a bad film necessarily, indeed, I enjoy parts of its filmmaking very much. An inventive and considerate camera does its best to dissect the strangely incoherent and dreamscape world of the film. I even caught sight of a few early Truffaut/Godard style camera moves, shots that seemed to reminisce the film’s own appreciation for new wave works such as Jules and Jim (1962) or A Woman Is a Woman (1961). Technically, the film stands on its own, with just enough cinematic beauty and creativity to run its course. The problem is this… emotionally, Porto seemed to think I was way more invested in its character’s and narrative than I actually was.

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Episode 209: Paddington

9 Nov

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Paul King’s Paddington and Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal.

The Fear of God: Stranger Things (season 1, chapter 1)

7 Nov

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss the first season of Stranger Things.

A Time to Laugh, by Reed Lackey

2 Nov


Superhero movies are supposed to be filled with action, suspense, and occasionally gravitas. Very few of them, if any, have ever been focused primarily on laughs. Sure, the occasional witty catch phrase or clever retort has always been a functional element of superhero stories (I’m looking at you Spidey). But rarely, if ever, has a legitimized superhero film attempted to be a straight-forward comedy.

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The Best of Pictures: An American in Paris

2 Nov

In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Vincente Minnelli’s An American in Paris, Best Picture of 1951.

The Fear of God: Seven

31 Oct

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss David Fincher’s Seven. 

Episode 208: Split

26 Oct

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Michael Mann’s Manhunter.