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‘The Irishman’ – Scorcese and Co. at Their Most Contemplative?

As evidenced by his sprawling mobster/Teamster epic, ‘The Irishman’, Martin Scorcese still has interesting stories to tell. In this case, it’s the long, sordid tale of Frank Sheeran, the titular unmade man who rose through the ranks of both the mafia and the trucking union as a stoic middleman and unabashed, unapologetic, workman thug. Throughout… Continue reading ‘The Irishman’ – Scorcese and Co. at Their Most Contemplative?

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‘Parasite’ – A Masterful Farce of Haves v Have-Nots ?

‘Parasite’, Bong Joon Ho’s newest cinematic exercise in class warfare is best left seeing completely blind. Experiencing the film is to watch a master of the form meticulously construct an ever evolving narrative through character, setting, and, while taking place in Seoul, South Korea, the universal theme of income disparity. It won the Palme D’Or,… Continue reading ‘Parasite’ – A Masterful Farce of Haves v Have-Nots ?

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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ – Time to Officially Give Up on this Franchise?

When the best thing that can be said about yet another attempt to recharge James Cameron’s classic sci-fi/action ‘Terminator’ franchise is that it’s not THAT bad compared to past attempts, it’s probably best to retire it. ‘Dark Fate’ is the sixth film in a series that started in 1984 on a shoestring budget and succeeded… Continue reading ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ – Time to Officially Give Up on this Franchise?

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‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ – Better Than You Remember?

The much maligned ‘Star Wars’ prequels have had so much negative ink through the years that it has become tiresome. No matter what many fans and critics may desire, these movies are still an indelible part of the history of the sci-fi fantasy saga. The anticipation for Episode I in the years and months leading… Continue reading ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ – Better Than You Remember?

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‘Joker’ – What’s It All For, Really?

As crazy as it sounds, ‘Joker’ is exactly what it appears to be, to both its success and detriment. This is yet another standout, bugged-out performance by Joaquin Phoenix, but it’s also an exercise in IP manipulation so blatant it ultimately doesn’t work on multiple levels. It’s hard to say what was the intent of… Continue reading ‘Joker’ – What’s It All For, Really?

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‘Ad Astra’ – Spacepocalypse Now – A Father/Son Odyssey?

Writer/director James Gray (‘The Lost City of Z’) has been quietly making solid films in various genres since his breakout indie ‘Little Odessa’ in 1994. While none have had the Brad Pitt star power of his latest near future, space-set ‘Ad Astra’, it would be remiss not to point out that they also have had… Continue reading ‘Ad Astra’ – Spacepocalypse Now – A Father/Son Odyssey?