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  • Have a Nice Day

    Have a Nice Day

    ★★★

    Chinese animation is not exactly a booming business in movie making, but that is precisely what makes Have a Nice Day such an intriguing movie to me. China is one of the largest nations in the world, and one of if not the highest grossing country when it comes to box office revenue for movies. Major Hollywood blockbusters do very well there, and the Chinese movie industry is also an impressive machine, churning out numerous movies every year, some of…

  • Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

    ★★½

    The past is often viewed through a rosier lens than the present, which means we often give it more credit than its due. Sunset Blvd. is one of Hollywood’s great film, and it features the story of an older actress, a star of the silent films, whose relevance and notoriety has waned significantly with the onset of sound. While there is much can be said about that film, one which I hold in very high regard as one of the…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    If you could have anyone direct your favorite property (Star Wars, Marvel, DC, James Bond, etc), who would it be? Star Wars hit gold, in my book, with Rian Johnson helming The Last Jedi, and Marvel has made some very sound decisions for the director’s chair recently (Taika Waititi anyone?). However, I would be hard pressed to find a better pairing of property and director than Black Panther and Ryan Coogler, whose two previous films (Fruivale Station and Creed) suggest…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★½

    Everything we've seen to this point in either Batman or Superman movies is one simple fact: they're good superheroes. Anyone familiar with these characters knows their backstories, knows their accolades. With decades of content behind them, I think it is fair to say these are beloved good guys in print, television, and cinema. Each has had it's exemplary vehicle, though ask fans and I'm sure their favorites are not the same. For me, the Christopher Nolan Batman movies are my…