Emotion Motion

I have questions. Many questions. Inside Out plops us in the brainspace of an 11-year-old girl, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), revealing her behaviors to be controlled by five primary emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). My first set of questions: Why disgust? How did that […]

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Juarez: What Is It Good For?

Nobody show Donald Trump Sicario! Already willing to xenophobically cast ignorant shade on entire groups of people, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Taylor Sheridan’s film reads like Captain Floppy-head’s personal vision of what all of Mexico is like. If his campaign platform is a trucker hat, it’s conceivable his foreign policy could be based on […]

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MacGyver in Space

Time to wax nostalgic: Once upon a time, many congressional sessions ago, America dreamed of space. Instead of aircraft-carrier saber rattling, international tension was ratcheted in a contest to see who could invent more, reach further. The country was gripped with pride for bold explorers, and the world united, as any time a person left […]

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We Was Smart Once

Modern Americans reelected a man who plunged the country into two wars, tortured people and destroyed our economy, all because George W. Bush was the kind of guy you’d “like to have a beer with.” But for a brief moment in 1972, America rooted for the smart guy. To be fair, it was under the […]

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Crank It Up

There are three perfect scenes in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Not “good” scenes. Not “great” scenes. Three perfect scenes. Now, as a whole, The Scorch Trials is not a perfect movie. Nor is it a great one. But it is very good, and most of that has to do with director Wes Ball who […]

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Trial and Terror

You only hear about a psychological experiment if it goes really, really well or really, really bad. Guess how a simulation of prison using 20-something college students as both guards and inmates went? Writer Tim Talbott’s script strays little from a grand recreation of actual events, never coloring in context for key players or investigating […]

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Birth of a Nuisance

A long time ago, in an America far, far away…television news was the most trusted source of information for the public. Weird, right? In the late-60s, the country was embroiled in a heated debate over the conflict in Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement. Television news remained as centered as possible to avoid offending anybody […]

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Cold War Sizzle

Presumably, a reboot or remake is done to capitalize on the good will and brand recognition of an intellectual property. Do fanboys of the 1960s TV show “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” exist? Does anyone remember anything about it, other than it sporting a weird acronym for no good reason? “You know what’ll put fear into […]

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Finite Jest

Director James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour is a movie about two writers talking to each other for five days and not much else. They talk about everything we’ve come to expect that writers in movies are going to talk about. But, don’t worry, The End of the Tour is not nearly as meh […]

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