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The Force Awakens: I Nodded Off

The Force Awakens: I Nodded Off

Now that the dust has settled it’s time to take a more balanced look at the latest Star Wars movie; the hyperventilating is over, let’s consider it’s true worth.

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They Look Like People Deserves A Look

They Look Like People Deserves A Look

  They Look Like People, a dark little film, was introduced at the Slamdance film festival way back in January 2015 and picked up by streaming services earlier this year. It’s been billed as low-key psychological suspense, and it can be. It is just as much a slow moving relationship

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Watch This: Strange Days

Watch This: Strange Days

Strange Days is an often-overlooked bit of 1995 cyberpunk written and produced by James Cameron (of Terminator, Aliens, and Avatar fame) and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (of Point Break and Zero Dark Thirty). As with many things Cameron it is overlong and somewhat bloated, but there is still a beautifully

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Captain America: Civil War–A Little More Conversation?

Captain America: Civil War–A Little More Conversation?

Now that the initial frenzy to see Captain America: Civil War has cooled somewhat, I will venture my opinion. As I told my friends as we walked out of the theater in the wee hours of opening night/ morning, I liked it, it was really good, and I’m glad we

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Midnight Special: Flawed But Worth It

Midnight Special: Flawed But Worth It

Midnight Special is one of those movies I wanted so much to love. I liked it—a great deal, actually—and I recommend it highly for its emotional depth, but I feel the holes and unevenness of the story-line derailed its shot at greatness. There is genuine warmth alongside its danger, and

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Children of Men: Two Sides to the Story

Children of Men: Two Sides to the Story

When it comes to adaptations, I am normally a stickler for the purity of the source material (I’m looking at you, Peter Jackson). I realize there will always be exceptions like The Princess Bride, when a book’s narrative structure makes it difficult to film but it still has a viable

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He Never Died: Deadpan Horror with Henry Rollins

He Never Died: Deadpan Horror with Henry Rollins

He Never Died is a small-scale horror movie that just happens to star Henry Rollins. That was quite enough to get my attention. Now, I haven’t checked in with Henry Rollins in a couple of decades. It’s good to see that he hasn’t changed much at all. He is still

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10 Cloverfield Lane: A Question of Character

10 Cloverfield Lane: A Question of Character

Spoiler alert. I hadn’t planned on writing about 10 Cloverfield Lane this week. And even though it looked like it would be good, I hadn’t planned on even seeing it before it made it to cable, content to let it get lost in the lead-up to Batman v Superman: Dawn

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Deadpool! A Review With Spoilers!

Deadpool! A Review With Spoilers!

Short version: Deadpool was &$#!!@ amazing. From the initial strains of “Angel of the Morning” by Juice Newton to the final notes of “Careless Whispers” by Wham!, Deadpool met, exceeded, and blew away any expectations I had. Hyperbole, perhaps, but when the opening credits list a Douchebag, a Hot Chick,

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Ten Greatest Tragic Figures of Horror/Scifi/Fantasy Cinema

Ten Greatest Tragic Figures of Horror/Scifi/Fantasy Cinema

When we think of tragic characters we imagine sad stories of imminent death, or lives of eternal pain and misery; Hamlet, Oedipus, Jay Gatsby or Willie Loman. We usually don’t equate tragic characters with Horror, Science Fiction or Fantasy, but those genres are filled with them. This is the continuation

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