Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 6:34pm
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I grew up watching Bollywood movies. I sang the songs even though I didn’t know what I was saying, I did the dances despite the fact that I couldn’t (and still can’t) dance and I watched the stories unfold onscreen, enthralled by the colors, the music and the beauty. It wasn’t until I was older, maybe a teenager, when my mom burst my naive childhood perception of Bollywood by saying: “You know these are all copies of American movies, right?” No. I did not know that.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 6:19pm
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Movies are projections. Yes, literally, in the sense of filmstock and screens and projectors and bulbs. But movies can also be projections of ourselves — a momentary snapshot of the internal, the introspective, the metaphysical. Given the circumstances, we as the film beat are seeing less literal projections in movie theaters and doing more projecting ourselves. So what are we thinking about? Among them are “Wicked,” Dcoms (Disney comedies, for uncultured readers) and of course, apocalyptic cinema. This series will traverse the cinematic doomsday in its eclectic iterations.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 6:04pm
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“Parasite” made history two months ago (yes, two months is right time is all sorts of funky in the age of corona) with its Best Picture win, but it certainly wasn’t the first non-English-language film to make an attempt at the Academy’s top prize. The twentieth century saw a number of French, Italian and Swedish films have a go.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 5:28pm
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Bacurau is in trouble. First, the small Brazilian town, somewhere near São Paulo, has its water cut off. Then it loses cell service and disappears from satellite maps. Later, its electricity cuts out. Its residents soon realize that this is no accident. Their village is under siege. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 5:45pm
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“Spenser Confidential” is a terrible movie. Or, it’s perfect if you’re looking for a movie you can have on in the background while you scroll mindlessly through your phone. As much as I tried to understand what was going on, the entire film is a mess. Spenser (Mark Wahlberg, “Daddy’s Home”) is an ex-convict and ex-cop who is trying to track down the killer of the man who Spenser had been sent to prison for attacking. It sounds alright, if a little confusing, but in reality, it’s so convoluted and hard to follow that you end up on your phone instead.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 4:28pm
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In the absence of new theatrical releases, a few of us on the film beat decided to break down our favorite A24 films that are streaming on Prime Video. 

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 2:54pm
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Movies are projections. Yes, literally, in the sense of filmstock and screens and projectors and bulbs. But movies can also be projections of ourselves — a momentary snapshot of the internal, the introspective, the metaphysical. And given the circumstances, we as the film beat are seeing less literal projections in movie theaters and doing more projecting ourselves. So what are we thinking about? Among them are Tik Toks, Tiger King and — of course — the apocalypse. This series will traverse the cinematic doomsday in its eclectic iterations.

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 4:35pm
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In 2013, at the end of a family trip to Europe, my family had the chance to watch “Mamma Mia!” in London’s West End (the Broadway of England). Watching a group of talented actors dance across the stage while singing ABBA’s greatest hits was a great way to cap off what had already been an amazing trip. A few days after returning home, my family sat down to watch the 2008 film adaptation for the first time, still high off of the incredible performance we had seen in London less than a week prior.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 4:13pm
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Buoy bells ring, gulls warble and gentle waves lap against waterlogged wood. A lineup of anonymous lobstermen intones sonorously:

Give me some time to blow the man down

To me, weigh hey

Blow the man down

Give me some time to blow the man down.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 5:28pm
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A lot of people glorify heroes. They help people, do good and save the world. And that’s true; they deserve a lot of praise for all the good that they try to do. But in all honesty, would they even be heroes if villains didn’t exist? Someone or something has to cause a problem or do something that will make another person stand up and decide to become a hero, which is why I think villains deserved to be discussed and, dare I say, glorified just as much as heroes.