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Happening (2021)

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Happening (2021)

Audrey Diwan’s French drama Happening arrives in the United States at the very moment when the SCOTUS leak has led to raging protests over the possibility of overturning the historic Roe vs. Wade decision, giving individual states the right to control and even ban abortions, which, for the past 48 years, have remained legal.  If […]

| May 9, 2022
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White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch (2022)

White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch (2022)

I was a white teenager in the late 80s and early 90s, but I never went to Abercrombie & Fitch.  Beyond a black Member’s Only jacket that followed me from the eighth grade through the tenth, I never wore labels – inside or out.  I was more into self-expression, creating my own words, wearing my […]

| April 20, 2022
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The 94th Academy Awards (or . . . He Who Gets Slapped) – an editorial

The 94th Academy Awards (or . . . He Who Gets Slapped) – an editorial

NOTE: This essay is purely an editorial.] Under normal circumstances, Tuesday after the Oscars is the moment when the award show starts to slip from our minds.  The Facebook memes slow down and the inevitable volley of whining complaining over the show’s length, exclusivity, misdirection, lack of production and relevance slowly begin to turn to […]

| March 29, 2022
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The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast, Mini Episode: Our Reactions to The 94th Academy Awards (or . . . He Who Gets Slapped)

The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast, Mini Episode: Our Reactions to The 94th Academy Awards (or . . . He Who Gets Slapped)

This episode (recorded only two days after the Oscar telecast) discusses the big winners and the big losers….and that thing that happened that everyone else has been talking about. It’s The OSCARS!!!!!!

| March 29, 2022
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A Study in Disney: ‘Bambi’ (1942)

A Study in Disney: ‘Bambi’ (1942)

Disney is as much a part of our lives as love and death.  It’s wrapped around us, and not just in our childhood.  There are thousands and thousands of Disney movies by this point but the one that really shape the company and the culture are the animated features.  Disney busted out of the gate […]

| November 22, 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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