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    Film Review: ‘Smile Sacrifices Originality For Nerve-Rattling Effectiveness

    Some longtime readers might remember me as a man who has been growing weary of this trend of “elevated horror” movies, lately. While I am more than happy to encourage ambition and the pursuit of adult themes, good lord, can filmmakers please just make movies about bad relationships and societal misogyny if that’s what they’re actually interested […] More

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    On the Radar… (October Edition)

    Oh, dear. Last month’s installment of this series was… a bit grumpy, wasn’t it? Thankfully, that won’t be the case for October, which I already indulged in a few weeks ago with a special On the Radar… / Sunday Scaries spooktacular crossover event that specifically previewed a few of the most anticipated scary movies coming […] More

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    What’s Inside Victory Headquarters in ‘Don’t Worry Darling?’

    Note: Spoilers ahead for Don’t Worry Darling. “If you have a problem with your third act, the real problem is in your first act.” – Billy Wilder What’s inside Victory Headquarters? That’s the burning question Alice needs answered in Olivia Wilde’s sophomore directorial effort, isn’t it? That’s the place where all the secrets of this […] More

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    Sunday Scaries: The Hellbound Opportunity

    Of all the iconic horror movie franchises birthed within that “boom” period between 1973 and 1988, Hellraiser is probably the most interesting to me. Not the overall best; until those stupid prequels came along, I’d have handily picked Alien as pound-for-pound the most artistically accomplished horror franchise overall. Not the one with the highest highs; […] More

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    Before Emmy Gold: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

    We’re taking a look at this year’s Emmy nominees and digging into their past work and credits that may have influenced their Emmy-nominated work this year. Now it’s on to the dramas! And based on who the nominees ended up being, it looks like Emmy voters were only interested in three or four shows this […] More

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    Before Emmy Gold: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

    We’re taking a look at this year’s Emmy nominees and digging into their past work and credits that may have influenced their Emmy-nominated work this year. The important thing here is looking at who is gunning for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy, and looking at what they’ve done beforehand and whether […] More

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    On the Radar… and Sunday Scaries Crossover Edition for October!

    As the fall season gets going and possible awards contenders emerge (congratulations to Laura Poitras, by the way), it’s also the time when I have to make some decisions as I shape up the rest of the year’s On the Radar… entries. I can’t write a short novel every month covering every upcoming release in […] More

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    On the Radar… (September Edition)

    Fall, officially the best season! No ifs, ands, or buts about it anymore. As we continue to pump carbon into the atmosphere and cook our planet alive, the thought of the weather cooling down and the trees taking on different shades of amber and brownish colors will become a lot more appealing to us for… […] More

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    Sunday Scaries: A “Classic” As Groundbreaking As It Is Terrible

    Twenty years ago this weekend, one of the most ambitious, ahead-of-its-time horror movies of the 21st century was released, containing traces of virtually every aesthetic and trope that would become increasingly popular for the genre in the years since. Twenty years ago this weekend, one of the most dreary, incoherent, luridly misogynistic torture porn nonsense […] More

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    A Few Thoughts on Accountability…

    “I don’t want to say who was guilty or who was innocent. [pauses] But if you’re directing a movie and two kids get their heads chopped off at f**king twelve o’clock at night when there ain’t supposed to be kids working, and you said “Action!” then you have some sort of responsibility.” That was Eddie […] More

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    On the Radar… (Late Summer Edition)

    So now that the fall season is coming up, I’ll have to revert back to the monthly editions of these On the Rader… pieces since there’s no way I’ll be able to cover an entire season of major upcoming releases and awards players in just one article. But right now, it’s the calm before the […] More

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