Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace came out when I was 5 years old. I had seen the original trilogy several times before, but this was my very first theatrical Star Wars experience. I was on summer vacation in Stowe, Vermont, and my grandpa brought me to the little 3plex theater in town.… Continue reading Star Wars is for Kids
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“The Irishman” Review: Scorsese meditates on morality, aging and consequences
I sometimes describe myself as a Nihilist. Not the “burn-the-world-down” anarchy-crossover kind, but the “uggggg, what’s the point?” kind. I have boxes of old family photos and — beyond my own parents and grandparents — I can’t identify any of the people. My kids would be hard-pressed to even point out my grandparents, much-less the… Continue reading “The Irishman” Review: Scorsese meditates on morality, aging and consequences
Spring Superheroes (Round Table Round Up)
Brian and Chris talk about… mostly Endgame, but a bit about The Beach Bum too!
Us and The Beach Bum are Two Films in Dialogue
*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Us and The Beach Bum* Last weekend I saw Us and this week I saw The Beach Bum, and while these were both movies I have been anticipating I did not expect them to be in dialogue with one another. Watching any two movies in quick succession leads to comparison, but… Continue reading Us and The Beach Bum are Two Films in Dialogue
Revisiting Our Favorite Movies of 2016
Sam and Chris travel back in time to 2016 to see if they had good opinions back then!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse goes where no superhero film has gone before
WARNING: Light spoilers ahead BRIAN RUSSELL: Hey there Sam! Certainly you know this, and most regular readers of the blog will also be aware, I am a comic book fan from way back, and waited my entire life for the modern age of digital effects to make the superhero’s of my childhood look so realistic… Continue reading Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse goes where no superhero film has gone before
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
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Challenges the Coen Brothers’ Nihilism
The Coen Brothers tell six neat stories that actually feel like a cohesive whole because… well, they’re the Coen Brothers, come on.
Sam & Chris Enjoyed Suspiria Even Though Sam Closed His Eyes Sometimes
Sam and Chris talk about the new Suspiria. The old gang unites.
Venom could have been better by being worse
Venom was a movie that I had absolutely zero interest in seeing. Aside from a shockingly good cast there was no reason to expect anything from it. I rolled my eyes with everyone else at the trailer. Surely a mediocre shart that I didn’t need to see. But as the “mixed-to-negative” reactions started rolling in… Continue reading Venom could have been better by being worse