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12 Movies to Know for Oscar Season

Article by: Josh Bradley By this point last year, seven of the nine eventual Best Picture nominees had premiered, either in theaters or at a festival. By this point two years ago, six of the eight eventual nominees had. Six of eight by this point in 2014. The last time a

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

Movie Review: SNATCHED (2017)

Article by: An Amy Schumer Apologist (Josh Bradley)   In my limited experience (limited because I’m consistently uncool), I've found it’s usually gratifying when you’re an early adopter of something before it gets big. When you’re a champion of something small, when you’re constantly recommending it to your friends, when you build

Movie Review: COLOSSAL (2017)

Article by: Josh Bradley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqcZtz8VXXE I have a feeling Spanish writer/director Nacho Vigalondo used to color outside the lines when he was a child. What is genre if not a guiding line within which to tell your story? And Mr. Vigalondo has no use for such confines in his new film, Colossal (2017),

Movie Review: PATRIOTS DAY (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c9IpI_pNGI There’s a cynical way and an idealistic way to view Patriots Day. Is it exploitive or is it paying tribute? At a post-screening Q&A last week, Mark Wahlberg said repeatedly that his goal as an actor and producer was to pay tribute to law enforcement and first-responders with

Movie Review: SILENCE (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqrgxZLd_gE A couple years ago, after watching Mark Cousins’ exhaustive 15-part documentary The Story of Film, I decided to dive headfirst into my blossoming cinephilia and begin exploring some of the titans of world cinema. At first, I mostly stuck to the handful of directors most-heavily featured over

12 Most-Anticipated (Non-Franchise/Reboot) Movies of 2017

Article by: Josh Bradley   Just like last year, given how much franchise films dominate the "most-anticipated movies" lists that flood the internet every January (which makes sense, given they're known entities), we find it appropriate to shine a light on some other movies due out this year. Quick Note: For the foreseeable future, it will

Movie Review: THE HANDMAIDEN (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whldChqCsYk Way back in late September, I was in line at the Hollywood Arclight on Sunset, hoping to get a seat for an advanced screening of The Birth of a Nation, which wasn’t due out in theaters for more than a week. Particularly in Los Angeles, signing up

Movie Review: FENCES (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj-ZYPVRQbc Your opinion of Denzel Washington’s Fences may very well depend on your feelings about what movies are supposed to be and what they’re supposed to do. Are they supposed to simply tell a story, period amen, even if that means nothing more than setting up a camera

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