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BREAKING: Billionaire declares war against oligarchs

Reading Time: 3 minutes Gotham’s billionaire prince Bruce Wayne shocked the world today by publicly admitting that he is Batman. Over the years, he’s protected the good people of the city from street thugs to psychotic supervillains. Bruce Wayne dropped another bombshell as well — he is hanging up the cape. No longer will Batman perch on high buildings […]

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‘Power of Sail’: We should be punching Nazis

Reading Time: 4 minutes There’s an adage in film: Don’t use babies or dogs. Because babies and dogs don’t know they’re acting, they have no inhibitions in front of the camera. A truly uninhibited force on stage or on screen can break your production’s reality because the audience realizes by contrast that everyone else is just acting. After seeing […]

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Review: Leave the kids, watch the ‘2022 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts’

Reading Time: 3 minutes The thing that sucked about Quibi is that a streaming service dedicated to short films is honorable in theory. The short is a criminally undervalued art form, too frequently condescended to as mere launchpads to making “real movies.” Meshes of the Afternoon, La Jetée, World of Tomorrow, The House Is Black, and countless others are […]

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Review: Computer-generated ‘Earwig and the Witch’ lacks Studio Ghibli magic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Earwig and the Witch (hereafter Earwig) is the first fully computer-generated feature produced by Studio Ghibli, giving it instant curio status. Since the mid-1980s, the studio has specialized in traditional hand-drawn animation under the stern perfectionism of Hayao Miyazaki, who’s only sparingly relied on CGI for elaborate productions like Princess Mononoke. Miyazaki announced his retirement […]

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‘The Tinder Swindler’: Netflix perfects the documentary mold

Reading Time: 4 minutes Netflix is in the content creation business. It’s a machine-tailored operation that’s algorithmically perfected its audience-driven productions based on the kind of user data that marketing companies would kill for. When this kind of power is granted to a media company with the ability to drive artistic expression, sometimes the output can be somewhat mechanical. […]

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Is the Pussy Riot ‘Punish’ music video calling out Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church?

Reading Time: 3 minutes I don’t typically write about music, but the Satantic references (along with some interesting commentary on Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church) in the latest Pussy Riot music video, definitely caught my attention. While it’s certainly not the first time a band has used its platform to spotlight current issues, whether social or political, and […]

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Review: Before ‘The Batman,’ ‘Zodiac’ chronicled obsessive quest for answers

Reading Time: 2 minutes As The Batman broods its way through theaters, this week seemed as good a time as any to revisit David Fincher’s historical drama Zodiac, from which Paul Dano’s twisted Riddler takes inspiration. Yep, still good! It’s 1969, and the San Francisco Chronicle begins to receive encrypted letters from a killer calling himself “Zodiac.” A manhunt […]