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I’m going to level with all of you. I’m not the biggest Saw fan. There are elements that I enjoy individually in the franchise. The mystery of the first movie is intriguing. Weirdly enough the filmmaking of the last entry, Jigsaw, is pretty strong despite a horrible script and story. Otherwise, I feel like the movies aren’t that scary. The traps can feel like an attempt to keep the audience’s attention with insane gore to...

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If you’re ready to take the Mortal Kombat plunge, I highly suggest listening to the theme song to get you hyped for the experience. I forgot just how hard the song bangs, mentally transporting me to a 90’s rave, and of course video game nostalgic glory. Once you’ve done that you’ll be in the proper mood to handle many of the underwhelming and sometimes downright awful aspects of Warner Brother’s new blockbuster movie. Mortal Kombat...

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Well, if you’re here because you want to know, is “Godzilla vs. Kong” worth my time, then I think you already know the answer. I mean are you really on the fence? You know what you’re getting into people! So either commit, or don’t get on the roller coaster. Are you expecting to watch this and have insightful long dialogues with your partner into the wee hours of the night about the immorality and audacity...

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I love the Invincible comic book. I’ve been following the career of comic book writer Robert Kirkman since his comic, The Walking Dead, was adapted to TV. The show is a roller coaster of quality but the comic book, in my opinion, is an instant classic of zombie media. I eventually found his super hero comic, Invincible. While the comic definitely has some rough patches, it was a series that got better and better with...

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I watched the four hour long Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It actually probably took six or seven hours including breaks for walks and cooking. Believe it or not I’m trying to get out of my couch potato habits and walk around.  I’ll be frank, I have not enjoyed director Zack Snyder’s previous DC films. Batman v Superman is a movie made up of cool moments but it was a mess of storytelling and I can’t...

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MOVIESPOP CULTUREThe Vigil

7 months ago15610 min

I hadn’t heard of The Vigil before the day I watched it. When I needed something new to watch my editor brought it up and I said: “Alright, that will do.” This horror movie about a jewish man who becomes haunted by a demon while looking over a deceased elder is the feature film debut of writer and director Kieth Thomas. While I do think Thomas does show a lot of promise as a filmmaker,...

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Judas and the Black Messiah opens a new window for us to peer inside the story of Illinois Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and his friend/FBI informant William O’Neal. It’s a captivating ride, rooted in reality and unstitched from the overdone nature of many Hollywood historical dramas. This balanced yet sometimes incohesive picture provides entry to thought and reflection without a smothering hand. The film tells the story of two men who face a daily...

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Despite the film’s problematic perpetuation of traditional able-bodied casting, its story finally feels earned and free of a sentimentality of disabled people long tokenized by Hollywood and awards culture. Endearing films surrounding disability have long been seen as “Oscar bait,” or cheap, intentional tugs at the heartstrings of Hollywood critics. All made with the slight undercut of hope that award season voters will check the box for those films and performances on their nomination ballots...

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The first Wonder Woman film infuriated me. It’s a fine movie, it’s nothing special, and even for the time it doesn’t really do enough when it has other movies of its kind to go against. But it was a well enough made movie that has some pretty good character work. The reason the movie makes me want to throw my Blu Ray player is because it thematically shoots itself in the foot (spoilers for the...

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It’s that time of the year and though this Holiday Season is indelibly different we can still indulge in one of my favorite pastimes in watching Christmas movies. Throughout my life there are a few classics that are near and dear to my heart but on my list you will see some newcomers and curveballs as well. For me if a movie’s story takes place during the holiday season and namely Christmas is part of...