Monthly Archives July 2017

FANTASIA 2017: TRAGEDY GIRLS

I’m not sure where I stand with Tragedy Girls. Maybe I’ll have a better understanding by the time I finish this review. I have always been a proponent of films that make you root for the bad guys, and films that make you question yourself in how you’re reacting to
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FANTASIA 2017: PORK PIE

You know what can be just as fun as seeing a movie that’s either really good or really bad? A movie that has a surprise, within a surprise. And I’m not referring to big plot twists or insane character revelations, I’m talking about the movie’s level of condition. Just when
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FANTASIA 2017: TOKYO IDOLS

Japanese idol culture isn’t a new fad by any means, but its popularity has been steadily increasing in the last few decades. You can attribute a myriad of reasons to that popularity, but it’s mainly due to the dedication and enthusiasm of the culture’s young stars. Although some boy groups
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FANTASIA 2017: FRIENDLY BEAST

A little fun fact about me: I really enjoy movies that take place in one night, or during a twelve-ish hour sequence. Actually, let me correct that last statement. I freaking love movies that take place in one night. Situations have to be taken care of in an allotted amount
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REVIEW: DUNKIRK

I’ve never been someone you want to engage with in a discussion about Christopher Nolan. For me, he’s always been one of those “middle of the road” filmmakers. I don’t love him enough to get excited about his work, and don’t dislike him enough to tear it down. I actually
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NEW MUSIC MONDAY: Volume One

It’s easy to get stuck in a rotation (or worse, a rut) where you listen to the same 10 bands, 20 records on repeat and can’t seem to find the right additions to your log of jams. With the democratization of the internet, finding music is (technically) easier than ever,
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FANTASIA 2017: EXPO 67 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

Do you ever wonder what happened to the World’s Fair? We don’t hear too much about them anymore. But those massive international events that seemed to define multicultural progression and optimism in the twentieth century aren’t exactly gone – it’s just America’s involvement in them that is (the last World’s
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FANTASIA 2017: BITCH

The name “Marianna Palka” should be known by more people. The very fact that it isn’t makes my heart hurt in a substantial way. Most people know Palka more as an actress, most recently as Reggie in the Netflix series GLOW, but her work as a writer/director has produced two of
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FANTASIA 2017: BETTER WATCH OUT

Nothing gets me excited quite like a Christmas horror film. Black Christmas is the gold standard, but other films like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Child’s Play have kept the sub-genre alive and kicking.  But we don’t get many, at least not quality ones. Krampus exceeded all expectations and we
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