Going Gaga for Kojo

Writer/director Blitz Bazawule’s first feature-length film feels exactly like someone telling you about a dream they had. Only you’re actually interested in it, and the nonsensical parts are beautiful and not just annoying. The Burial of Kojo is filmmaking as visual poetry, set to a wickedly magical score also composed by Bazawule. Before the Netflix-ing […]

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Heck Boi

Hellboy feels like a 2-hour “previously on Supernatural” recap, somehow set to even worse music. Anyone who has ever begrudgingly loved a “freak of the week” genre TV show and wondered what it would be like with all the filler crap cut out now has an answer. A series of expository explanations frequently interrupted by […]

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Shazam! Has Jazz Hands

Shazam! is an overeager dad asking “Aren’t we having fun, kids?!” the whole drive to an admittedly pretty decent waterpark. It is basically one Rick Moranis away from perfectly aping a 1990s-era mainstream blockbuster family comedy, so either shrink or blow up your expectations accordingly. Director David F. Sandberg and writer Henry Gayden swap abundant […]

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Up, Up, and a Wait

Buoyed by the unstoppable force that is Jason Momoa’s exposed nipples, Aquaman took in more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Aquaman, a character lame enough to be an intentional punchline on Entourage, which is itself an unintentional punchline to a joke about “prestige TV for sentient fedoras.” Running down all the […]

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Cutting Room for April 2019

Huzzah and congrats are verily deserved, and yay shall I giveth unto those deserving! A quintillion kudos to the Omaha Film Festival (OFF) for its continued prosperity and survival, having wrapped up another successful installment in mid-March. A bucket of right proper props must also go to Aksarben Cinema for graciously hosting the event, a […]

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Oui, Oui

So is it going to be like this every time then? Whenever writer/director Jordan Peele announces a new film, do we have to just clear out space on the calendar for about a month afterward to unpack the twisted metaphors and chilling insights that speak acutely to our cruelest flaws as a country and as […]

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A Purge of Binges

The line between TV and movies is now blurry enough that Steven Spielberg only sees it as a middle finger. The process of binge-watching feels less like ingesting individual episodes of television and more like films with frequent intermissions for bullshit like “jobs” and “basic hygiene.” As much as I would love to provide full, […]

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Extra Terroristials

Taut, grounded sci-fi parables are a delicacy too sparingly served by cinematic chefs resigned to plating intellectual leftovers. Despite a substantively delayed release and let’s go with “unenthusiastic” marketing, Captive State still made goo-goo eyes at those of us who have been hankering for a spiritual successor to District 9 for a decade. Sadly, writer […]

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Talk to the Glowing Hand

For the first 10 minutes, Captain Marvel choo-choo-chooses to chug-a-lug down the same Green Lantern train tracks that ran over Ryan Reynolds. A vomitorium of needless exposition that may as well have had Annette Benning holding a Wile E. Coyote picket sign reading “We don’t trust you idiots in the audience,” the […]

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