Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) finds our anti-hero finally freed (quite against her will, I might add) from a life-defining toxic relationship; it also sees the character released from the constraints of Suicide Squad.
Kesha – HIGH ROAD [review]Commentary, Music
Kesha’s fifth album kicks off with a throwback.
After a bait-and-switch piano intro, opening track “Tonight” bursts into a gleefully rapped verse reminiscent of her autotuned party anthems like “Crazy Kids” and “Sleazy.” It’s perhaps no coincidence that the second song, brash banger “My Own Dance” has her “hungover as hell like 2012.”
Don’t believe the reviews: THE TURNING is worth a watch. [review]Commentary, Film and Television
If you believe the reviews, The Turning is a turn-off.
Audiences and critics seem to be united on that. The ghost story earned an “F” rating on CinemaScore. One writer for the Irish Times claimed that the film was such a “waste of time,” readers shouldn’t even bother to skim his review.
I’m not going to say these people are wrong, just that it would be a mistake to listen to them. While not perfect, The Turning is visually striking, well-acted, consistently scary and surprisingly potent, with a palpable sense of menace building throughout.
So, is the BREAKING BAD movie any good?Commentary, Film and Television
Breaking Bad fans were treated to a long-awaited coda this year with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
Madison’s Top 15 Movies of 2019Commentary, Film and Television
I probably say this every year, but it’s been a good year to be a movie fan.
Don’t dare look away from ONE CUT OF THE DEAD [review]Commentary, Film and Television
One Cut of the Dead is a brilliant long con of a movie, with a lot of heart and even more guts.
DOLEMITE IS MY NAME might inspire you to make your own movieCommentary, Film and Television
Craig Brewer’s Dolemite Is My Name is a loving biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, the comic and Blaxploitation star often deemed “the Godfather of Rap.”
FORD V FERRARI is a deeply human car movie [review]Commentary, Film and Television
The thing about Ford v Ferrari is that Ferrari isn’t really the villain.
James Mangold’s film chronicles the Ford Motor Company’s efforts to bolster their public image by beating Ferrari at the gruelling twenty-four hour Le Mans race. But by the time unpredictable driver Ken Miles faces off against the Italian carmaker, we’re just satisfied that he’s prevailed over his naysayers at Ford.
Waititi juxtaposes innocence with evil in JOJO RABBIT [review]Commentary, Film and Television
The posters for Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit describe it as “an anti-hate satire,” which seems like a pre-emptive reassurance to anyone caught off-guard by its jarring opening scene: a nervous ten-year-old boy anxiously preparing for his first day at a Hitler Youth camp.
THE LIGHTHOUSE: another vivid nightmare from the director of THE WITCHCommentary, Film and Television
It’s probably best to go into Robert Eggers’s latest film blind – although after seeing it, I’m happy to report, I still couldn’t tell you what precisely was going on.
IT gets better and betterCommentary, Film and Television, Uncategorized
IT Chapter Two won’t make a lot of sense if you haven’t seen the first installment, but it’ll be immensely satisfying for fans – and may even win over franchise agnostics.
PARASITE is a masterful black comedyCommentary, Film and Television, Uncategorized
Bong Joon-ho’s black comedy Parasite starts out quietly clever and builds to a carefully orchestrated mayhem.