Six Great Movie Speeches As Delivered By Donald Trump Jun29

Six Great Movie Speeches As Delivered By Donald Tr...

Over the past year, people all over the world have become intimately familiar with the verbal stylings of presidential candidate and bloated corpse that washed up on a beach, Donald Trump. For many (if not most) of us, this was not by choice. Barely a day has gone by since he announced his candidacy that the media hasn’t subjected us to some new soundbite or stump speech. His unique brand of communication is inescapable, to the point that I’ve unwillingly internalized it. Trump’s voice lives inside me now, like a coronary that only lets white blood cells flow past it. So, in an effort to bring a modicum of happiness back...

Book to Box Office: The Girl on the Train

“I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.” Book to Box Office: The Girl on the Train Based on: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Expected Release Date: October 7th, 2016 Directed by: Tate Taylor Summary: Recently divorced alcoholic Rachel Watson finds herself embedded in a murder mystery when the woman whose life she peers into from the window of her daily train ride turns up dead. Rachel quickly finds herself grasping for her sanity as the loosely held life she thought she knew further unravels. Working For It: Emily Blunt. That name is really all this film needs to sell it. Sure, The Girl on the Train is a...

Criterion Discovery: Badlands

Background Badlands (Spine #651) is the debut film of famous auteur Terrence Malick and stars Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, and Warren Oates. Malick currently has two films in the collection, Days of Heaven (Spine #409) and The Thin Red Line (Spine #536), with a third, The New World (Spine #826), on the way. Story Drawing on the 1958 midwestern killing spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, Terrence Malick tells an ethereal and impressionistic story of yearning, murder, and young love gone sour. Badlands follows Kit Carruthers (Martin Sheen), a charming and sociopathic James Dean look-a-like, as he and his girlfriend, Holly...

Netflix Hidden Gem #76: The Fundamentals of Caring

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) Director: Rob Burnett Genre: Drama Netflix Original There is a lot of piss and shit in The Fundamentals of Caring, the new Netflix original film from Rob Burnett based on the novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison. The film’s two main characters, caretaker Ben (Paul Rudd) and muscular dystrophy patient and shut-in Trevor (Craig Roberts), connect over an interview question in which the latter asks the former his plans for wiping his ass. From there, two scenes rarely pass without a shit joke or a physical struggle to get Trevor to relieve himself. It’s crass, but fitting,...

Game of Thrones Recap: The Winds of Winter Jun27

Game of Thrones Recap: The Winds of Winter

And now we reach the final episode of the season. Season 6 has been one of the best seasons of Game of Thrones and, for me, it’s really dispelled a lot of my fears about the show that the fifth season created. So, without further ado, the longest ever episode of Game of Thrones and hopefully the episode where the High Sparrow finally gets his wings clipped. Season 6, Episode 10: The Winds of Winter Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Directed by Miguel Sapochnik Recap: Before we begin, wasn’t it wonderful to see the Stark sigil replace the flayed man on Winterfell in the opening credits? In King’s Landing, everyone is dressing and...

Weekly Clickables: Slapstick Humor, Haiku, and Gar...

Another Monday, another Weekly Clickables post! This week, we have some haikus, some self-reflection, and a look at the host of the long-running radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion. First, The AV Club continue their series Polite Fight with a discussion of the cinematic choices that made Game of Thrones‘ “Battle of the Bastards” so effective. When much of the country tunes in to a week focused on stories about shark habits, shark attacks, and goes to see shark movies, it’s time for some self-examination. Over at Vox, Aja Romana explores why we love shark movies. For those who enjoy short and sweet reviews, Review...

A.I. Artificial Intelligence: A First Viewing 15 Y...

I didn’t expect to like A.I. Artificial Intelligence very much when I watched it for the first time this past weekend. Growing up I remember the film primarily for the novelty of how a copy of it first entered my family household, when my father procured a used copy of the special edition DVD from Blockbuster Video, and I was astounded by the sheer amount of content that could fit onto what looked like a compact disc. A.I. became the signifier of something that I had been denied access to temporarily, and perhaps stands as one of the earliest examples of a movie that presumably held more meaning than I had previously understood the medium...

Independence Day: Resurgence Is Comfortingly Terrible Jun24

Independence Day: Resurgence Is Comfortingly Terri...

Overview: Twenty years after humanity beat back an alien attack, humanity is forced to do the same thing again, except bigger. 20th Century Fox; 2016; Rated PG-13; 120 Minutes. Bigger Than The Last One: Twenty years after Independence Day redefined the summer blockbuster, Independence Day: Resurgence is here to un-redefine it. Well, maybe “redefine” is a strong word. It’s not as though explosion-laden and effects-driven films were invented in 1996. I’m sticking by “un-redefine,” though. Resurgence is decidedly not a 2010s blockbuster. Since 2008, verbal spectacle, not visual, has been the defining trait of this kind of movie, whether we’re...

The Shallows Finally Does Something New For Shark Movies Jun24

The Shallows Finally Does Something New For Shark ...

Overview: Medical student Nancy (Blake Lively) goes surfing and, after a shark attack, is trapped on a tiny island rock 200 yards from the shore. Columbia Pictures; 2016; PG-13; 87 Minutes. Still Not Safe To Go In The Water: No one helps Nancy. From start to finish, no one but Nancy contributes to Nancy’s success or failure. This is important to note. The Shallows presents one person’s survival story, a medical student mourning the loss of her mother by surfing at a secret beach she remembers from her childhood stories. Once Nancy is initially attacked and marooned, the film assigns to her a sort of hyper-agency, a dire...

Penny Dreadful and How the End of Season 3 Broke M...

*Warning: Spoilers for all of Penny Dreadful* The End of Penny Dreadful came out of nowhere. And it was The End with a capital T and E. John Logan’s gothic epic ran for three seasons and then, on Sunday night, ended with a simple title card declaring that the story was over. And no one knew about it. As far as everyone watching knew, the double episode on Sunday was the season finale and viewers would be left waiting for news of renewal or cancellation. Personally, I prayed to whichever god was listening that the show would be renewed but also prepared for cancellation. It felt as though it was too late in the season to have heard nothing...

What We’re Wat...

What We’re Watching: I may be finding time to rewatch OJ: Made in America in a binge second serving this weekend. #AEwww — David S. (@AE_DavidS) June 16, 2016 #aewww Only just getting around to watching Fantastic Four (2015). Can’t say I have high hopes — Jack Godwin (@jg_tijean)...