Articles tagged: Movies


Digital Issue

Beyond Awards Season: Underrated media from 2020

Most people measure a year with a calendar, but for movie and music buffs, a year is defined by its films and albums. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating a ripple... Read more

Halftime Leisure

Malcom and Marie: A Failed Attempt at Pretentious Artistry

The phenomenally high expectations surrounding the first quarantine-produced film Malcom & Marie set the audience’s hopes far too high for the actual outcome. With a cast of just two—albeit a... Read more

Halftime Leisure

The Weekly List: The Best of Brad Pitt Eating

There is so much to love about Brad Pitt: his heartthrob phase in the 90s, his charismatic leading roles in the 2000s, his work producing Oscar-winners like Twelve Years a... Read more

Movies

Minari studies the American dream through a Korean lens

“Minari is wonderful, minari is wonderful.” So goes the song that seven-year-old David (Alan S. Kim) sings as his grandmother, Soon-ja (Youn Yuh-jung), tends to the Korean herb from which... Read more

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Pixar’s Soul beautifully entwines the profound with the playful

Pixar specializes in embedding deep, existential lessons into gorgeously animated masterpieces, and Pete Docter has accomplished just this with Soul (2020). The film conveys a poignant message that all adults... Read more

Movies

Darius Marder makes hearing audiences the minority with Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal, the debut feature film from writer/director Darius Marder, is a sensory experience. It follows Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a drummer in a punk-metal duo with his long-term girlfriend... Read more

Movies

Promising Young Woman tackles complicated topics while maintaining a sense of humor

Content warning: This film discusses issues surrounding sexual assault  The opening shot sequence to Emerald Fennell’s directorial debut Promising Young Woman (2020) says it all. As the names of cast... Read more

Leisure

The Welcome to the Blumhouse campaign serves as little more than a collection of entertaining and diverse but unremarkable horror films

If you like tacky horror movies, Amazon Prime is the site to stream this Halloween. Its set of films from the horror collection Welcome to the Blumhouse (2020) went live... Read more

Leisure

Amidst a Black horror renaissance, Antebellum is a blunder

(CW: spoilers, mentions of racial violence and sexual assault) Antebellum (2020) begins with an undeniably stylistic long take. The camera follows a few soldiers, winding along the grounds of a... Read more

Podcasts

Busted Stuff: Episode 6 – The cinemaphile episode

John explains to Tommy why his favorite cookie is pizza. Contact the show at bustedstuffpod@gmail.com for any comments or questions. Listen to Busted Stuff on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

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Trailer Takes: On the Rocks, Dune, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Trailer 1 — The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Anna: To be honest, when I quickly glanced at this title, my mind went straight to the Netflix limited series... Read more

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A Case for the Classics: 2000’s rom-coms

Here’s a take you probably haven’t heard in a while: 2000’s era romantic comedies are the best era of movies. Sure, you have your 80’s John Hughes films, your sci-fi... Read more

Movies

Tenet is hard to see, and even harder to review

Movies are back! Well, they are according to this instantly iconic clip of Tom Cruise going to the theater to see Christopher Nolan’s newest film, Tenet (2020). The bizarre video... Read more

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Trailer Takes: Enola Holmes, She’s in Portland, Alone

Trailer 1 — She’s In Portland (2020) Sophie: This movie feels so familiar and ordinary that it could have come from any script at a random Starbucks in Los Angeles.... Read more

Movies

Chemical Hearts trivializes mental illness with its doomed love story

Chemical Hearts (2020) may be a romance, but it was never supposed to be a love story. Based on Kyrstal Sutherland’s novel Our Chemical Hearts, the film follows the doomed... Read more

Podcasts

Busted Stuff: Episode 1 – Mickey Mouse, the Winter Soldier

Tommy and John talk cryonics, needles, and Captain America. Contact the show at bustedstuffpod@gmail.com for any comments or questions. Listen to Busted Stuff on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

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Ranking Every Nicolas Cage Movie on Netflix

Look, you’re in quarantine and there’s only so many episodes of Tiger King out there. Eventually, you’re going to get bored enough to watch a film starring the man, the... Read more

Movies

The Hunt Doesn’t Live Up to the Controversy

Back in July of 2019 the first trailer for The Hunt (2020) dropped online, showing a group of rich, snobby (liberal) elites hunting a bunch of regular (conservative) people, and... Read more

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Trailer Takes: The French Dispatch, The Green Knight, Stranger Things 4

Trailer 1 — The French Dispatch (2020) Roman: One of my favorite directors of all time (Wes Anderson) making a movie about one of my greatest passions (journalism)? I can... Read more

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To All the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Movies, I Still Love You; but I Know You Can Do Better

Like most sequels, the biggest hurdle To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) faces is measuring up to the hype of its predecessor, the extremely successful To... Read more