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Arthouse Spotlight: MADELINE’S MADELINE (2018) Review

Article by: Josh Bradley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ezPTjSSPw Inspired by strolls through the Huntington Art Collection in Pasadena, I wrote a piece several years ago about how certain movies from certain filmmakers need to be assessed differently than mainstream films because they share more in common with the stuff you see in an art museum

Movie Review: EIGHTH GRADE (2018)

Article by: Josh Bradley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8lFgF_IjPw Towards the end of Bo Burnham’s latest standup special, Make Happy — which is reportedly his last one for at least a while — he kneels downstage and brings up the house lights to have a frank talk with (well, “at”, but sort of “with”) his audience. He

Movie Review: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018)

Article by: Josh Bradley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enH3xA4mYcY In the surreal, alternate-reality Oakland where Sorry To Bother You takes place, the most-watched TV show is a gameshow called I Got the S#*@ Kicked Out of Me. Each week, 150 million people nationwide tune in to watch willing contestants get brutally bloodied for a chance to

Movie Review: ISLE OF DOGS (2018)

Article by: Josh Bradley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt__kig8PVU In his original review in Variety, Todd McCarthy called the Coen brothers' A Serious Man "the kind of picture you get to make after you've won an Oscar." (Whether he was speaking in generalities about the Coens' success or specifically about No Country for Old Men's Oscar

Movie Review: I, TONYA (2017)

Article by: Josh Bradley   There’s a brief scene late in I, Tonya as Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) prepares her makeup before her first free skate at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994, and it’s incredible. In it, Harding grits her teeth to aggressively apply dark red makeup, her demeanor and chosen color both

11 Most-Anticipated (Non-Franchise/Reboot) Movies Of 2018

Article by: Josh Bradley   Black Panther. Aquaman. Ant-man and the Wasp. An inevitable Jurassic World sequel. An overdue Incredibles sequel. Avengers: Infinity War. Solo: A(nother) Star Wars Story. Jamie Lee Curtis returning for a direct sequel to Halloween (1978) that ignores the other nine films in the franchise. Reboots of Tomb Raider and Predator. Creed

Movie Review: BLADE RUNNER 2049

Article by: Josh Bradley   One of the most fascinating aspects of Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner (1982) — and, I think, one of the reasons the movie has endured — is its exploration of what it means to be human. If replicants (bioengineered androids virtually identical to humans created for slave

What’s going on in mother! (2017)? [Spoilers]

Article by: Josh Bradley   SPOILER WARNING: The following will discuss plot points and the ending of mother!. If you haven’t seen the movie, read on at your own risk. While audiences scratch their heads at Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, mother! — and film bloggers struggle to find a point to the boundary-pushing

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