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The Exchange’s Tim Long on His Journey from Springfield to Hobart

Writer Tim Long has been bringing audiences to Springfield for years with The Simpsons. Now he’s taking them to Hobart with The Exchange. The setting of Long’s film, like Springfield, is fictional. But unlike the town from which Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie hail, it’s north of the Canada/US border.

Basement Tapes: The Music of “Summer of Soul”

Motion Picture Soundtrack is a column that explores the soundtracks of music documentaries and biopics. Using songs featured in each respective film or series, the column offers readers a primer on artists and bands worth loving, revisiting, and discovering anew. This week, we look at Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s provocative, brilliant, and essential new film about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

The Best Films of 2021 So Far: A Year of Hidden Gems

It’s only been 69 days since the Oscars. It therefore feels a weird to be picking the best films of 2021 so far. Nevertheless, we’re already halfway there. 2021 has had, perhaps unexpectedly, as many challenges for Hollywood as 2020 did. Movie theatres, at least in Toronto, haven’t been open for a single day this year. Some theatres, like my local the Mt. Pleasant, are surviving as churches. You can meet to sing hymns and shake hands, but god forbid…

Summer Reading List: 10 Upcoming Adaptations

Bookworms, rejoice. As we look forward to a safe return to movie theatres in the near future, let’s plan our summer reading list accordingly. The upcoming release schedule has a number of notable film adaptations. This means that read-the-book-before-seeing-the-movie-nerds like myself have lots to devour for the year ahead. Let’s crack the spine on a good book and get excited for some movies.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: An Introduction to A Tribe Called Quest

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011), Michael Rapaport’s raw-but-loving documentary on hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, explores the connections and tensions that led to the group’s formation, ascension, breakup, and numerous reunions. Made up of MCs Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and part-time member Jarobi White, as well as DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, ATCQ released six albums, numerous singles, and some of the most visually striking videos in hip hop. They remain one of the genre’s most eclectic, beloved, and influential acts,…

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There’s a moment in The Green Knight, David Lowery’s (Ghost Story, Pete’s Dragon) magnificent adaptation and deconstruction of the 14th-century chivalric romance, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, where Gawain (Dev Patel), near the end of a journey that’s equal parts geographical and metaphysical, flinches at the impending downstroke of the title character’s ax. For Gawain, it represents the predictable conclusion of the so-called “Christmas Game,” a game that began with Gawain separating the Green Knight’s (Ralph Ineson) head from…

Jungle Cruise is the type of feel-good summer action flick I lived for when I was growing up. It’s reminiscent of swashbuckling action-adventures movies like The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean, with a dash of Indiana Jones thrown in just for the fun of it.

Jungle Cruise stars Emily Blunt and Jack Whitehall as Lily and MacGregor Houghton. It’s the year 1916 and the two siblings are hunting for the Tears of the Moon, an ancient Amazonian tree possessing…

One of the many perplexing sequences in James Crow’s British gangster film, Nemesis, involves an unexpected encounter between a mob boss’s wife and her daughter’s new girlfriend. Sadie (Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott), the matriarch of the Morgan crime family, is in a topless négligée chatting on the phone at home when the intercom buzzer chimes. Expecting it to be her daughter Kate (Ambra Moore), who promised to help her pick out a dress, she is shocked to see Zoe (Lucy Aarden)…

Let’s get this out of the way now: Stillwater is not related to the Almost Famous band. Stillwater’s Bill Baker, on the other hand, would probably dig the band’s boomer beats. Playing Baker in peak dad bod mode, Matt Damon creates an anti-hero who is far more complicated than everyday dad rock. Baker hails from the Oklahoma city of Stillwater, yet he finds himself in picturesque Marseilles. It’s not a happy trip to France—is it ever, for a freedom-fry-munching American?…

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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…

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

it’s not that deep: joss whedon introduced and then quickly killed off quicksilver because he’s jealous of hot people. Like nice revenge stunt jackass but it’s not aaron’s fault that you look like a sun dried mr potato head

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