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Never Go “Full Arthouse”

 

Ride this Dragon

 

United in Praise

 

Twitter Wars: A New Nope

 

Can Mew Dig It?

 

Fashion Backward

 

Yas, Queens!

 

Beasts of Burden

 

That Boy Ain’t Right

 

No Love for this Deuce

It’s about hunters and gatherers: A good documentarian hunts the truth, stalking prey at camera-point, ready to spear any accidental insight and overlooked perspective that is scared out of the bushes. Directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major are mere gatherers, collecting whatever the legendary Williams sisters drop down to them and presenting it to the audience as if we should be thankful for a feast of rotten...


Blas-funny

Let’s talk about rape jokes.

Yes, you’re reading a review for This is the End, a comedy so profane it manages to defile Satan. Think about that for a second; this is a comedy so epically vulgar, so cataclysmically obscene that it defiles the greatest fictional defiler. It is the furthest point on a map from Puritanical. Reviewing a comedy is hard; you don’t want to just repeat and reveal jokes. Besides, the only...


Hippie! Hippie! No Way!

Often culturally glamorized for establishment bucking, innovative musical clucking and free-spirited…lovemaking, the hippie movement of the 70s had a darker edge that tends to be glossed over. Sure, part of the poor remembrance can be blamed on a certain herb’s side effects, but it also speaks to our tendency to reduce history to broad brushstrokes when the real meaning is in the little nuances and decisions of...


Got Your Nose

Of the myriad of tricks pulled by magicians in Now You See Me, the least believable is attempted by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt’s script: No one can suspend disbelief enough to accept that Jesse Eisenberg would reject Isla Fisher or call her fat. No one.

Much like a lust-struck partner in a terrible relationship, director Louis Leterrier’s film is all about denying reality for pleasure. Magicians...


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