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Essential coming of age tale that never fails to get my waterworks flowing. I adore Pariah.
Dee Rees’ debut is so achingly personal and charming and that shows with every memorable detail, all amplified by how rarely we see a gay black woman’s perspective in film. Rees paints every single character as crucially three-dimensional - particularly Alike's parents, who would be clear-cut antagonists in lesser scripts. Alike’s relationship with her father always lingers with me the most. Kim Wayans and…
I worry that Shayamalan and audiences are destined to tango forever. I found Old endlessly frustrating, but I stop just short of discouraging anyone from seeing it, because, flaws and all, it was never uninteresting and - as is usual by this point - the strength of Shayamalan’s ideas extend far beyond the coherence of his script.
Zack Snyder’s Ultimate Cut of BvS reminded us that he is genuinely committed to fleshing out his jaw-dropping, orgasmic visuals with mythical character building, engrossing themes, and compounding sense of purpose. Despite the drastic uphill climb production-wise, Justice League’s retooling has paid off spectacularly and the Snyder Cut deserves to stand as a benchmark of commitment to craft and vision. Back in 2014, Snyder and Chris Terrio prepared Justice League as a 4 hour-plus epic that would function as 2…
Hoosiers’ absence of perspective renders it useless as timeless, or even thoughtful, cinema.
The year is 1951 in Midwestern USA…aka the last couple years before the Brown vs. Board ruling in Kansas. As we head into the climactic big game, Hickory High’s coaching staff imbues the squad of small-town heroes that their divine destiny is akin to the persevering David, who toppled the brutish and philistine Goliath. They step onto the court and - lo and behold - Goliath is…