Crossing the Stream

Inspired by the Martha of it all, if Netflix’s most recent tsunami of original films Voltron-ed into just one movie, I’d call it Quantity v Quality: The Dawn of Just Okay. If you’re hungry enough, anything looks like food. After binging all the good stuff, our streaming overlords are hoping a few good ingredients are […]

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Not All Supermen

Brightburn is a gory fable that speaks in the modern vernacular of superhero storytelling. It argues that young boys at the precipice of puberty must be steered correctly, lest they wind up savage, selfish monsters guided only by an internal message to “take the world.” It is less a deconstruction of ubiquitous comic book world […]

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It’s a Hit, Man

It’s time to have a serious talk about the funniest show I have ever seen. The second season of HBO’s Barry just wrapped up. Unlike some HBO finales last Sunday night—I won’t point any fingers, just casually mention that they’re out there—pretty much any fan who saw the Barry finale agrees it did not disappoint. […]

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Nu MCU

For boring marketing reasons, the current era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) won’t officially “endgame” until this summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. So what does the next era look like? Not just Phase 4 of the MCU leading up to Avengers 5 (and yes, there will be an Avengers 5), but the next 10-to-12 […]

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Dog Fighting: You Know, For Kids!

Hey children, do you like adorable creatures capable of incredibly finite speech? Would you like to carry them with you and love them for always? Also, real quick, how do you feel about them being locked in a tiny cage and forced to maul one another? Pokémon’s core conceit has always been somewhere between puzzling […]

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On Sniping and Sex

Dr. Ruth was a sniper in an underground military operation. That’s a real thing. The 4’7” sex therapist whose whole shtick is that she’s an adorable grandma who doesn’t bat an eye when she graphically discusses doing-the-dirty had parts of her feet blown off in armed combat. Of course, this was years after she grew […]

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In Space, No One Can Hear You Yawn

High Life is basically a broody teen freshman sitting in his very first college course, finally free to ask what he feels are profound questions about sex. Writer/director Claire Denis’s talent and cinematic acumen are beyond reproach, but even Aristotle has lesser works, right? Her first English-only film is, sadly, a sleepy slog seemingly content […]

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Cutting Room for May 2019

Not to overhype things, but the father of the man who will one day save the human race from extinction by robots is going to be in Omaha. That’s right, Michael Biehn will be at a screening of Aliens at the Joslyn Art Museum on May 24. Omaha film historian Bruce Crawford somehow persuaded the […]

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