All posts tagged "cinema"

  • A Lack of the Clones: The absence of Titanic knockoffs says something about an audience Hollywood doesn’t value

      December 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of what would become one of the most lucrative and most deliriously popular movies ever made: James Cameron’s Titanic. It should also mark the 20th anniversary of the...

    • Posted November 29, 2017
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  • Shades of Pretty Good: Thor: Ragnarok is a Marvel movie—and you probably know what that means

    Perhaps it’s time to make peace with this reality of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: They will be reliably pretty good, and they will be reliably not-great. No matter what protagonist(s) headline the stories, and...

    • Posted November 1, 2017
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  • Humdrum Acre Wood: Goodbye Christopher Robin is just the latest in a long line of similar biopics

    If you so desired, you could program an entire film festival out of biopics about British authors of beloved children’s stories, and how they were really quite unhappy people. Dating back to 1993’s C.S. Lewis tale Shadowlands,...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • Unhappiest Place on Earth: Lost souls gather around the margins of Disney World in The Florida Project

    The walls of the Magic Castle Inn—the primary setting of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project—shine with a new coat of pastel purple paint, desperately trying to evoke the happy playland of Walt Disney World just up the...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Making Contact

    Why Close Encounters on its 40th anniversary is the movie we need right now. JACKSON HOLE, WY – This summer, several generations of movie nerds paid homage to the 40th anniversary of one of the most influential...

    • Posted August 30, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Freedom of Choice

    Good Time makes superlative cinema out of bad decisions. JACKSON HOLE, WY – There is one quiet scene in Good Time, and it’s the first, as Nick Nikas (co-director Benny Safdie) is asked to play word association with...

    • Posted August 23, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Don’t Call it a Comeback

    Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with the slick heist caper Logan Lucky. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Steven Soderbergh never went anywhere; let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. Though in 2013...

    • Posted August 16, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Beneath the Sheet

    A Ghost Story transforms a simple image into a meditation on attachment and mortality. JACKSON HOLE, WY – It is, of course, perfectly ridiculous to think a person in a sheet with two eyeholes could represent something...

    • Posted July 25, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Human Grace

    War for the Planet of the Apes delivers blockbuster action and potent societal commentary. JACKSON HOLE, WY – It’s not unusual for genre fiction to offer compelling allegories for our time. It’s considerably more rare for those...

    • Posted July 12, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Schoolyard Fight

    Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a welcome focus on a 15-year-old hero. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Nobody needed another Spider-Man movie. The jokes about multiple reboots of the web-slinger are all valid, and even keeping in mind the admirable...

    • Posted July 5, 2017
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