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Joker (2019)

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Joker (2019)

I have every reason to suspect that 90% of people who go to see Joker this week will hate it.  I wouldn’t blame them.  This is not an audience-pleasing movie.  It is disturbing, unpleasant, violent, ugly and often difficult and therefore many will be turned off.  But I should add, I am not here to […]

| October 6, 2019
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The Lion King (2019)

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The Lion King (2019)

The live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King is a colossal miscalculation.  Of all the Disney classics that could have been re-rendered into this format this is probably the one that needed the most re-thinking.  That greatness of the original is that is existed in the free-floating universe of animation, where the characters could move […]

| September 29, 2019
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Midsommar – The Director’s Cut (2019)

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Midsommar – The Director’s Cut (2019)

The late, great horror auteur Wes Craven once noted that there are some directors whom you can sense are dangerous.  Their work is unpredictable, off the rails and, as Craven also noted, are willing to show you anything.  It is becoming abundantly clear that this description currently falls on Ari Aster, a 33-year-old horror director […]

| August 26, 2019
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #105: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #105: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

This episode, Jerry and Doug return to Spielbergville once again to discuss his 1977 masterpiece, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Join them as they drive around Indiana looking for lights. Put on your sunglasses and load your plate with mashed potatoes, it’s time to look for aliens.

| July 8, 2019
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‘Stranger Things 3’ is all about growing up and moving on

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‘Stranger Things 3’ is all about growing up and moving on

If you know modern movie lore, then you are no doubt aware of The Curse of the Second Sequel.  For any successful series, Part III is normally the point where the creative juices run out; where inspiration loses its edge.  When it works, you can say that at least it was made with some care.  […]

| July 5, 2019
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Blog: It’s the Fourth of July, I’m goin’ down to ‘Nashville’

Blog: It’s the Fourth of July, I’m goin’ down to ‘Nashville’

So, it’s the Fourth of July and I have been on a sort of mental binge, trying to figure out which films appeal to the holiday spirit.  In the case of this most colorful of holidays, my mental compass points inexorably toward Steven Spielberg’s Jaws while the patriot in my aims toward Michael Curtiz classic Yankee Doodle Dandy.  […]

| July 4, 2019
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Random Revies from Jerry’s DVD Shelf: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

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Random Revies from Jerry’s DVD Shelf: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

I have a lot of DVDs . . . a LOT of DVDs and once in a while I need a random excuse to pull one out and watch it. So, here is a re-evaluation of a completely random movie that has been collecting dust on my shelf.  The Texas Chain Saw Massacre creates and atmosphere that is […]

| July 2, 2019
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #104: All About My Mother (1999)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #104: All About My Mother (1999)

This episode, Doug and Jerry close out Pride Month with Pedro Almodovar’s All About My Mother, a film that prominently features trans characters in pivitol roles. As sad as the movie can get, it all has a very positive tone and the trans characters aren’t used as props or comedic relief, they’re real people and […]

| July 1, 2019
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