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Review: ‘Retrograde’ Depicts the Harrowing Last Days in Afganistan

In 2002, American forces engaged and took control of Afghanistan. Twenty years later, America left the region as fractured and dangerous as ever. In terms of American involvement, the stalemate with the Taliban simply prolonged the action and expanded the resources required to mount a long-term occupation of the country. Regardless of where you sit … Continue reading Review: ‘Retrograde’ Depicts the Harrowing Last Days in Afganistan

Review: ‘The Retaliators’ Brings Horror Vibes to a Classic Revenge Tale

We often imagine the line between good and evil. However, we rarely acknowledge how easy it might be to cross that threshold. Whether someone looks to steal our power out of our hands or harm someone we love, we all can create true violence. After making some noise on the independent circuit, horror/thriller The Retaliators … Continue reading Review: ‘The Retaliators’ Brings Horror Vibes to a Classic Revenge Tale

Streaming at Home: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Offers All Flash, Weak Substance

A literal war on women is far from over in America. Despite decades of progress, many of the most important freedoms provided to women were stripped away in the Dobbs Supreme Court decision. For the film industry, women continue to fight for big-budget, high concept movies. Rarely are they given the space to showcase their … Continue reading Streaming at Home: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Offers All Flash, Weak Substance

Review: ‘Do Revenge’ – High School Comedy Falls Short of Its Ambitions

Revenge is a dish best served cold, or in the case of Netflix’s Do Revenge, best served by others. Set in the world of rich and privileged high school students, Do Revenge looks to take its place in the history of high school movies by adding its own progressive vision to the genre. Drea (Camila … Continue reading Review: ‘Do Revenge’ – High School Comedy Falls Short of Its Ambitions

Streaming at Home: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Reminices on the Courtroom Melodrama

As eras of entertainment change, so do the preferences of audiences. However, the studio system has seemingly made a choice in the past decade: high risk for high gains. Superhero films and franchise IP represent the bulk of our big-budget releases, yet only some reach their financial potential. While a billion-dollar grosser sounds good on … Continue reading Streaming at Home: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Reminices on the Courtroom Melodrama

Bela Lugosi’s Undead – Episode 11 – ‘Halloween’ Franchise Draft!

We're back with another entry in the Halloween mini-series. Hot off our scorching takes on Halloween Ends, AJ, and Spooky Ryan showdown in our first-ever franchise draft!  Take a listen and vote on our Twitter poll for the Halloween Franchise Movie Draft winner!  Next week, we're back with another New Blood -- Barbarian!!  Keep it spooky!  … Continue reading Bela Lugosi’s Undead – Episode 11 – ‘Halloween’ Franchise Draft!

Review: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ – A Nostalgic Rock Through 2000s Rock

Early 2000s pop culture is often defined by its proximity to the destruction of the World Trade Center. It’s hard to fully articulate how instantaneous the effects of the event were, but the moment shook the Earth in policies, societal mentalities, and of course pop culture. In the shadows of 9/11, a new scene emerged. … Continue reading Review: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ – A Nostalgic Rock Through 2000s Rock

Review: ‘Is That Black Enough For You?!?’ Celebrates an Integral Moment in Film History

Transitioning from the world of criticism to the director's chair can be a daunting task. Some critics have done it over time, but outside of Peter Bogdonovich, few have stuck the landing. However, few critics approach the medium quite like Elvis Mitchell. Mitchell, a former critic for the New York Times and KCRW in Los … Continue reading Review: ‘Is That Black Enough For You?!?’ Celebrates an Integral Moment in Film History

Review: ‘My Father’s Dragon’ Soars As Another Smash Success for Cartoon Saloon

Quietly emerging over the last decade, the Irish animation house Cartoon Saloon continues to showcase hand-drawn works. After breaking onto the scene with The Secret of Kells, the studio has continued to surprise with success after success. The animation team has never missed an Oscar nomination and scored several critical successes. The studio's most recent … Continue reading Review: ‘My Father’s Dragon’ Soars As Another Smash Success for Cartoon Saloon

Review: ‘Louis Armstrong: Black and Blues’ Belts Out Praise for the Iconoclast

The rise of the music documentary coincided with filmmakers admiring their idols. As Scorsese followed The Band, or Spike Jonze followed The Beastie Boys, it was only a matter of time before their favorite musicians approached them to document their lives. Rock never had much trouble finding documentarians to cover the genre. After all, they … Continue reading Review: ‘Louis Armstrong: Black and Blues’ Belts Out Praise for the Iconoclast