Articles tagged: Movie
Culture Brief: What’s feeding the Hunger Games renaissance?
The Hunger Games is experiencing a pop culture revival. Fifteen years after the publication of the first book and eleven years after the first movie’s premiere, the young adult (YA)... Read more
A Case for the Classics: But I’m a Cheerleader
When you think of the greatest rom-coms of the late 20th century, what do you think of? 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)? Clueless (1995)? When Harry Met Sally... Read more
What lies beyond Infinity: Lessons the MCU’s Phase 5 can learn from its shaky predecessor
This review contains spoilers for Phase Four of the MCU The year was 2019. After 11 years, 21 films, and several (retroactively canon) TV shows, each building upon a massive... Read more
You’ll never be the same after After
One cursed weekend last February, my friends and I made a life-altering decision: to marathon the After movies. What we witnessed was a plot disaster propped up by toxic masculinity... Read more
What’s next for the Conjuring Universe?
After the Conjuring storyline added another film this summer (The Devil Made Me Do It), the question for horror fanatics remains: what comes next for the series? The franchise already... Read more
Cunning and Absurd: EMMA. Finds Meaning in Frivolity
“I would like to see Emma in love. And in some doubt of a return. It would do her good.” In one of his first on-screen appearances, Mr. Knightley (Johnny... Read more
The Reel Pulpit: 2019 Recap, Oscar Nominations
In the first episode of the new decade, host Dajour is joined by leisure writers Steven, Abby, and Bella to discuss their best of the year, and the Oscar nominations.... Read more
Inane and Insane, Lucy in the Sky Isn’t as Empathetic as It Thinks It Is
The year is 2007: between Lindsey Lohan’s 84-minute stint in a California jail and Britney Spears’ yearlong breakdown of shaved heads and smashed umbrellas, media sympathies for female celebrities and... Read more
The Weekly List: Songs From the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Movie of All Time: Almost Famous
I was going to write about the greatest songs from great scenes in movies. However, there are lots of movies circulating about in existence…like more than I can count. Given... Read more
With A Duo of Superb Performances, Green Book Warms Your Heart
Today’s films are often judged by how nuanced they are at presenting their central themes. They must be direct, but not overtly obvious; thought provoking, but not contradictory; open to... Read more
Trust and convenience in Hunter Killer
Hunter Killer starts underwater, outside of a hulking steel submarine. Inside of it, a human crew is briefly introduced. The men controlling the monitors talk and joke back and forth,... Read more
The Nun Probably Should Have Stayed in the Convent
The Conjuring universe is an anomaly when it comes to modern horror movie franchises. While horror movies usually go downhill from the second installment on, The Conjuring franchise has not... Read more
New Hendrix Biopic Emerges from the "Purple Haze"
Music biopics have a tendency to rear toward hagiography, as the stars they depict often end up falling into the stereotype of tortured genius or underdog who bucked the... Read more
The Drop is a Bucket of Mediocrity
The Drop is an emotionally manipulative crime drama that forcibly links multiple, supposedly character-driven plot threads in order to build to one of the most laughably-executed twists in recent memory.... Read more
Movie Monster Madness and the Bay
In 1949, longtime San Francisco-based journalist Herb Caen published a collection of essays about the city entitled Baghdad by the Bay. (If you’re interested, it’s available for purchase here.) The... Read more
A Million Ways to Force a Joke!
Love him or hate him, Seth MacFarlane has a knack for mocking society and pop-culture. His first feature-length film, Ted, played out like an extended episode of Family Guy, was... Read more
Cannes Film Festival Spotlights Art Films
At the end of last month, the world watched as one of the most prestigious events in cinema unfolded in the south of France. The 68th Cannes Film Festival was... Read more
Only Lovers Left Alive is "cool"
Pale-skinned, blood-sucking creatures of the night, spend their time listening to obscure music and traipsing around the ruins of Detroit. No, this isn’t a documentary about Midtown, but you can... Read more