Television Event (2020)

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Television Event (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] I have a persistent theory that every movie is a window onto the times in which it was made.  This is perhaps illustrated no better than with The Day After, a widely publicized scare drama […]

| August 28, 2021
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The Day After (1983)

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The Day After (1983)

[This is a repost of a review of ‘The Day After’ that I did in 2013 on the film’s 30th anniversary, reposted here on the occasion of the new documentary ‘Television Event’] Perhaps the biggest takeaway from ABC’s multi-million-dollar armageddon scare-drama The Day After is to question its purpose.  What are we really seeing here and […]

| August 27, 2021
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The Neutral Ground (2021)

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The Neutral Ground (2021)

As with most fire-breathing racial debates over the past five years, I sat watching long debate over the removal of Confederate monuments with a rather knee-jerk indifference.  I am a white American living in relative comfort without a visible racial background so, like many others watching from our living rooms, I didn’t quite understand how […]

| August 26, 2021
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The Suicide Squad (2021)

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The Suicide Squad (2021)

I don’t want to be this guy.  I don’t want to be the guy who persistently compares the DC Cinematic Universe to its spiritual cousin over there at Disney+.  But I feel that I am given no choice.  The two are working in the same medium but while the MCU greets me with the warmth […]

| August 22, 2021
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Black Widow (2021)

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Black Widow (2021)

Watching Marvel’s pandemic-delayed Black Widow, it’s hard get away from the feeling that it seems to be slightly out of date – by, say, five years.  I don’t mean that to sound harsh, this movie is slightly better than I had expected but given real-world events, the current chronology of the Marvel Universe, and justified […]

| July 13, 2021
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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

I was never a huge fan of either The Conjuring, its sequel, or it’s long strange series of side-quels that made this new entry now the eighth movie in this universe.  Too much of these films are focused on loud, noisy jump-scares, CG effects and imagery the roar but never creep.  They never seem to […]

| June 4, 2021
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The 93rd Academy Awards: As strange and bizarre as the times we’re living in

The 93rd Academy Awards: As strange and bizarre as the times we’re living in

This isn’t going to be the usual rundown of who won and who didn’t.  This year’s Oscars were so bizarre that one can only focus on how it all went down. Really, it was hard to wrap your head around the 93rd Annual Academy Awards.  The only constant has been the commentary.  Waking up this […]

| April 26, 2021
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The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | Stardust Memories (1980)

The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | Stardust Memories (1980)

This episode, Jerry asked Doug to revisit Woody Allen, which Doug did grudgingly (as explained in the episode) and Jerry chose, of all things, Stardust Memories (1980), Allen’s attempt at Fellini and Sturges while also mocking his audience and critics, it’s not one of Allen’s best…which is being generous to some, but it is worth […]

| April 25, 2021
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