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The 10th annual Elkhorn Valley/BEA D7 Film and Media Conference

 

Once, Again

 

Speaking of Unholy Abominations…

 

Never Go “Full Arthouse”

 

Ride this Dragon

 

United in Praise

 

Cutting Room for May

 

Twitter Wars: A New Nope

 

Can Mew Dig It?

 

Fashion Backward

 

1% Happy, 99% Sad

Clate Blanchett, y’all. Cate friggin’ Blanchett. Day-yum!

Any review of Blue Jasmine that doesn’t start with a linguistic supplication of the otherworldly-talented actress doesn’t understand the magnitude of her performance. Shazam! Finding a drama centered around a woman who isn’t a stripper, hooker, murderer or murder victim is like stepping out back for a cuppa and seeing a prancing unicorn. It pole vaults...


But…Mud?

There are 161 reviews of Mud currently aggregated on Rotten Tomatoes. Of those, 98% are positive, meaning only 3 critics saw the same movie I did. Yes, writer/director Jeff Nichols made a purty movie with a strong cast and an interesting little allegorical fable. But do you know what the moral of that fable is? Love sucks because women are whores. I promise you, if you walk through the logic of what is shown, you...


Cutting Room for September 6

  • Don’t worry, I’m sure that if legendary author H.G. Wells was alive, he’d want nothing  more than to have the two dudes who did the werewolf porn show on Netflix to script yet another remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Last time out, the movie had Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. I’m going to have to insist that weirdly shaped Fat Val Kilmer chubs his way into the Brando role while Ryan Gosling fills the former...


A Bit Plain, Jane

Since Stephanie “Twilight” Meyers is a producer on Austenland, the following question is fair game: Why are readers who fangirl out about Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” embraced or applauded while devotees of whatever-that-sparkly-vampire-dude’s-name-was are chided? Both of the male characters demonstrate icky behaviors that shouldn’t be desired in a mate, although admittedly the angst-ridden...


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X-Men: Apocalypse

A nonstop mutant fight club with little plot, thin characters and a whole lotta fun!

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