Author: David Shreve

Spike Jonze: A Boy and His Toys

In an unspecific way, it seems, these four movies have always been about me in the way that they are specifically unspecific in being about Spike Jonze. And everyone else. Everyone was mad at me for months after the release of Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are. Since my early twenties, since before the movie was in production, I have had the image of the wild thing most prominently featured in the artwork of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book tattooed on either side of my collarbone. That character doesn’t have a name in the book, but Spike Jonze named...

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All Eyez On Me Manages to Injure the Art, the Artist, the Audience, and More

Overall: Rapper Tupac Shakur rises to fame, controversy, and tragedy. Summit Entertainment; 2017; Rated R; 140 Minutes. T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.: In an improvised scene in Chris Rock’s under-celebrated 2014 comedy Top Five, Rock sits in a room with equally funny comedians and muses about how Tupac Shakur’s life might have unfolded had he not been murdered in 1996. There’s no way we could predict, Andre (Rock’s character) explains, if today we would be talking about Senator Shakur or the supporting actor in a Tyler Perry movie. It is, at base, a funny set of hypotheticals, but it also speaks toward the...

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Second Trailer for Detroit Slows The Pace, But Amps Up the Tension

Annapurna Pictures has released a second trailer for the upcoming thriller Detroit. The trailer offers a more subdued, dialogue-intensive look compared to the first trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty follow-up, and yet somehow, this trailer feels even more nerve-wracking. According to Annapurna, Detroit will tell “the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67.” The film is set to open on August 4, 2017. We’ll have more as it comes, but for now, enjoy the latest trailer. Trailer/Featured Image:...

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The Original Dodgeball Cast Reunites for Charity and You Can Join Them

On the 13th anniversary of the release of Dodgeball,  the original cast has reunited to give one lucky fan the chance to play dodgeball for a great cause! More details are available in the announcement video below (which stars all the familiar faces: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Justin Long and more). Donations collected by those who want to compete will support the Stiller Foundation, which focuses on “improving educational opportunities in Haiti and providing advocacy to conflict-displaced people in close coordination with the UN Agency for Refugees.” You can enter here. Featured Image:...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: They Look Like People Offers Heartfelt Horror

Originally published on May 14, 2016. They Look Like People is now available on Amazon Prime’s instant streaming service. Overview: A man deals with several struggles in his life while his friend struggles with schizophrenic delusions and clinical paranoia. 2015; Not Rated; 80 minutes. Wyatt/Christian: At first there’s a choppy, muted, sloppy casualness to They Look Like People – an unobtrusive, mumblecore-esque distance kept by the story as it watches old friends Christian (Evan Dumouchel) and Wyatt’s (MacLeod Andrews) unexpected reunion. Director Perry Blackshear opens his first feature film with choppy takes, disjointed voiceovers, conversational fragments. The first half of They Look Like...

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