Author: Sean K. Cureton

Why You Should Be Watching ‘Love’

Since premiering on Netflix last year, the Judd Apatow produced original series Love has asserted itself as the latest in a long line of tragicomic works from the tireless comedy super-producer. Co-created by the husband and wife duo comprising lead actor Paul Rust and former Girls writer Lesley Arfin, Love tackles its eponymous subject with an especially abrasive tone. As the two central figures of mutually semi-exclusive attraction, Gus Cruikshank (Rust) and Mickey Dobbs (Gillian Jacobs) flirt with a reckless abandon. Gus and Mickey don’t fall in love with one another so much as they offer backhanded compliments ironically...

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Jackin’ It: ‘About Schmidt’ Pulls Back the Mask of Jack Nicholson Caricature

Jack Nicholson turns 80 years old on April 22. To celebrate, we’ll be discussing our favorite Jack Nicholson performances through the preceding week in our Jackin’ It series, a collection of critical love letters penned to Nicholson’s best characters. … Jack Nicholson made a name for himself by playing the part of the 1960s hippie nomad. In movies like Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces, Nicholson roams across the spacious expanse of an America full of hope and optimism. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, he finds himself at home yet again in another character of the Beat...

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New on Netflix Instant: Pete’s Dragon Is the Rare Remake Success Story

Originally published on August 16, 2016. Pete’s Dragon is now available on Netflix Instant in the U.S. Overview: A modern day revisionist retelling of the classic Disney film of 1977 that manages to deliver a wondrous reboot that miraculously supersedes the original. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2016; Rated PG; 103 minutes. Folklore: Starting with the opening sequence of David Lowery’s remarkable Pete’s Dragon remake, independent film actor and folk singer iconoclast Bonnie “Prince” Billy provides an original musical composition that serves to set the tone for the entire production. The strains and lyrics to “The Dragon Song” serve...

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The Discovery Ponders the Afterlife

Overview: The son of an infamous scientist who discovers the existence of an afterlife returns home to unravel the mysteries of his own life and others. Netflix; 2017; Not Rated; 110 minutes. Worldwide Suicide: Two-time director Charlie McDowell initially turned heads with his 2014 Sundance science-fiction drama The One I Love. That film’s legacy resumes in The Discovery, a Sundance follow-up that continues an ongoing thematic investigation into a philosophy of human intimacy jointly established by McDowell and returning screenwriter, Justin Lader. In a world where the discovery of life after death has resulted in a worldwide suicide phenomenon,...

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Beauty and the Beast Is A Nostalgic Misfire

Overview: To save her father, a young woman agrees to live with a prince who was cursed with a beastly appearance, and the two begin to fall for each other. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2017; Rated PG; 129 minutes. A Tale As Old As Time: For many moviegoers who still hold fond memories of watching the 1991 animated feature–which introduced the set of iconic musical numbers penned by returning lead composer Alan Menken for the first time–Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is indeed a tale as old as time. As yet another adaptation of the well-worn French fantasy fable by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont–which was...

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