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Revisiting Netflix’s Cuties: An Acute Controversy

A few years ago, we all saw a lot of high-horsing by members of the critical film establishment when it came to the Netflix’s movie Cuties. The general tenor of the commentary (incredibly enough, not laced by the humility of an industry chastened by repeated and proven allegations of sexual […]

Il Maestro and the Scorsese Controversy

Once again film legend Martin Scorsese is making the outrage rounds. A year after the Goodfellas director took pains to clarify off-hand comments about superhero movies being theme park rides instead of “real” cinema, he is amidst a swirling conversation about the future of film. His latest foray […]

Sound of Metal: Horror and Salvation

***Spoiler Warning*** Destiny, meaning, love, and lingering loss are the essential elements of drama. Known to us since Sophocles and Shakespeare, we judge literature, art, and cinema by these metrics. Sound of Metal- an Amazon original directed by Darius Marder, starring Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, and Paul Raci- has […]

Freaky – Review: Body-Swap Slasher with a Message

Conventional wisdom is boring. In every election year it is always gravely intoned that elections boil down to turnout, and if that obvious fact is true it is equally so that casting can make-or-break films. Facts are stubbornly resistant to the human desire for novelty and adages grow […]

Tenet – Review: A Return to the Spectacular

Christopher Nolan is obsessed with time, with humanity’s attempts to master it, and how simple shifts in perspective can subvert the very fabric of reality. In Tenet, Nolan attempts to achieve the near-impossible – create a smart, stylish spy film with a fantastical premise and naturalistic storytelling. He mostly […]

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