Shrek Retold, and Respecting the True Love Behind Irony

Shrek Retold is a scene-for-scene remake of Shrek (2001) with each scene made by a different artist in their own unique (often batshit) style. The whole affair was coordinated by filmmaker and Shrek fanatic Grant Duffrin (he also runs the annual event known as ShrekFest.) When questioned about the sincerity of his Shrek obsession, Duffrin… Continue reading Shrek Retold, and Respecting the True Love Behind Irony

A Wrinkle in Time sure is a Big Pile of Messy Laundry

Wow, I sure did want to like A Wrinkle in Time. On the surface it has everything going for it.  Classic story, inclusive cast, big action, special effects bonanza, Hollywood darling-director Ava DuVernay, Captain Kirk, Reese Witherspoon AND Oprah.  It also had a hundred and three million dollar price tag. How could it go wrong?… Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time sure is a Big Pile of Messy Laundry

Thor Ragnarok: Twilight of the MCU

We wish we could go back to a time when we were excited for this god forsaken movie.

The War is for the Planet, but These Apes are After Your Heart

People often complain about the modern state of cinema (or music, or whatever) and it’s easy to look around and say, “They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.” Especially when you’re regularly inundated with a barrage of crap. But we shouldn’t forget that it’s the one percent of exceptional work that will be… Continue reading The War is for the Planet, but These Apes are After Your Heart

Nineteenth-Century Modernism within Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure

Our crazy smart friend and guest writer Jason Patel offers an in-depth look at Scandinavian Modernist Theater and Force Majeure.

More like Kong: DULL Island, am I right folks?

King Kong has always been about spectacle. The 1933 original isn’t great because of it’s storytelling. This isn’t to say the storytelling isn’t great, it’s a tight and effective thriller. But that’s not the point of the film. The story works because it is in service to the astounding visual effects. It was about looking… Continue reading More like Kong: DULL Island, am I right folks?