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The 25 Best Biopics of All Time, Ranked

Biopics are the tomatoes of cinema. Whether one calls them bio-pics or bi-opics, they’re a staple of every awards show. Actors with Oscars in their eyes don gobs of make-up, wigs, fatsuits, and fake accents in service of juicy roles that often define their careers. Or, in Faye Dunaway’s case, ruin them. The path of the biopic is a tricky one, though, since they can be as formulaic as a 1940s’ western. For all the spinning newspapers and trips to rehab,…

7 Things You Need to Know About Lightyear

As audiences return to local cinemas after two years of lockdown, Hollywood is hoping that the nostalgia factor will be the incentive needed to jump-start the summer box office. First up were two highly anticipated live-action adventures–Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Top Gun: Maverick–and now Disney/Pixar is bringing us the definitive origin story of one of their most popular animated characters, Buzz Lightyear. The Space Ranger (originally voiced by Tim Allen) has been a massive part of the multi-decade…

Interview: David Cronenberg talks CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, Toronto, and more!

David Cronenberg is a giant in history of Canadian filmmaking, beloved internationally and yet, implausibly, somewhat taken for granted here in his home country. Sure, he gets attention for some of his previous works, and a dedicated group of genre fans are quick to sing his praises, but somehow, it doesn’t seem like enough given his impact on the world’s stage for his unapologetically Canadian sensibility. Back at Cannes after almost a decade, he returns to the Croisette with Crimes of…

David Cronenberg Sees People As The Flesh Bags That They Are

David Cronenberg’s films offer a brutal truth: that humans are merely meat. This is not to say that cannibalism is the norm for him. Rather than emphasizing any potential consumption or digestion of bodies, he takes a look at humanity through the lens of our physical reality and the possibilities therein. Any person is capable of being broken down into the elements of flesh and bone, blood and guts. Cronenberg’s posit sits underneath all of his films, rising closer to…

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Though it doesn’t break any new cinematic ground or blow any movie-going minds, Disney/Pixar’s latest animated adventure, Lightyear, is a fitting “origin story” for one of its most beloved characters.

Before the sci-fi epic even gets off the ground, it’s clear it has a major obstacle to overcome: How can Buzz Lightyear–a toy–have a genuine back story? An excellent question that the film’s creators waste precious little time answering. What they’ve come up with is such a straightforward solution that…

“These divisive times” are a period of turbulent chaos, but no film quite captures the disorientation of this age like The Divide. Catherine Corsini’s potent drama thrusts audiences into the thick of the “gilets jaunes” (yellow jackets) protests that erupted in 2018. The Divide, which won the Queer Palme at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, smartly doesn’t try to distill France’s complicated populist movement. Just as the yellow jacket protests ran the gamut of the political spectrum, The Divide collides…

Is there anything sexier than Mr. Darcy in the rain? A shirtless Mr. Darcy in the rain, perhaps, as Fire Island puts the pride in Pride & Prejudice. This gay reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel should make audiences of all inclinations swoon. (Okay, maybe not straight guys.) Directed by Andrew Anh (Driveways) and written by star Joel Kim Booster, Fire Island finds in the complicated dynamics of the queer community the same tensions of class and social status that fuel…

There’s little reason why an unironically reactionary, Reagan-era, Cold-War artifact like the Tony Scott-directed Top Gun, the equivalent of a propagandistic recruiting video for the U.S. Navy and its pilot program, would have anything like the pop-cultural cachet it’s retained for almost four decades except one: Tom Cruise. A movie star’s movie star — and likely the last of his kind — Cruise has made a veritable meal out of playing “best of the best,” elite professionals who risk life…

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"How doth ye like yon apples?!"

simultaneously one of the great action parodies because beyond the expertly crafted looney tunes visual gags, on a filmmaking level it's frequently indistinguishable from the real thing (god mctiernan) and one of the best movies about a movie star literally wrestling with their own hollywood fantasy image and myth. "you've brought me nothing but pain."

full discussion on episode 57 of my podcast SLEAZOIDS.

15-YEAR OLD ME: "Oh boy! A RESIDENT EVIL film and a remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD! I hope this means there will be a new wave of zombie films!"

*A FINGER ON THE MONKEY'S PAW CURLS*

Zack Snyder can craft a fun action scene, but I am baffled as to why he wanted to make ARMY OF THE DEAD.

It's a zombie heist film (There's potential there!), with a charming gang of actors (I do love Dave Bautista!), buckets…

So weird, so Danish, and yet, not even Anders Thomas Jensen’s weirdest Danish film.