• Bela Lugosi’s Undead: ‘Talk to Me,’ HHN Check-In, and Fantasia Fest Podcast

    It’s been a while since we’ve dropped a New Blood. The new A24 film, Talk to Me, has taken the horror world by storm. Not only have we already heard about a filmed prequel, but a sequel was announced as well. Talk to Me has quickly become one of the few franchises to watch in horror.…

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  • Fantasia 2023: ‘It Lives Inside’ – A Stunning Monster Movie

    Since the 1920s, monsters on the big screen have stood in for more complex ideas. That trend continues today, with powerful films like Nope and Barbarian utilizing their creatures in unique ways. In that sense, It Lives Inside comes from a long lineage of horror stories. Yet the specificity present within It Lives Inside helps…

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  • Review: ‘Air’ – Director Ben Returns to Form with Outstanding Ensemble

    The story of Michael Jordan and his rise to superstardom has been well documented. A ten-part documentary series, a movie featuring the Looney Tunes, and his iconic plays only tell part of his story. Jordan’s iconoclastic nature began with a red and black sneaker that forever changed the industry. Weirdly enough, it makes sense that…

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  • Review: ‘Hypnotic’ – Ben Affleck Cannot Save a Lackluster Thriller

    Once an iconic independent filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez continues to build his own ecosystem outside of Hollywood. In some cases, this has resulted in big wins, including the lucrative Spy Kids franchise. In other cases, his projects have struggled to make much of an impact. Combining forces with James Cameron and Ben Affleck opened Rodriguez to…

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  • Review: ‘Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie’ – A Tribute to an Icon

    Few actors stand as tall in Hollywood as Michael J. Fox. The iconic actor broke into the industry at a young age and seemingly never looked back. Not only did he become a legendary TV Performer, but Back to the Future remains a testament to his talent. The iconoclast shocked the world with news of…

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  • Review: ‘Air’ – Ben Affleck Invites Audiences to Come Fly With Him

    The Air Jordan line is arguably the most successful sneaker line in athletic wear history. Thirty-seven models strong, in an innumerable number of colorways, it is mainly responsible for the current existence of today’s extremely lucrative sneaker industry. Therefore, it might be surprising to know that the Nike/Michael Jordan partnership almost did not happen. The…

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  • SXSW 2023: ‘Monolith’ Embraces Minimalistic Sci-Fi

    The world of podcasting quickly found its way onto film. Many of these stories look to expand the world, setting up intriguing mysteries and crimes to follow. Yet the idea of following a person as they record their podcast does not feel inherently cinematic. Director Matt Vesely takes the challenge head-on. With a screenplay by…

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  • SXSW 2023: ‘I Used to Be Funny’ – A Rachel Sennott Dramatic Vehicle

    There were not many stars minted at SXSW in the last few years. However, after the release of Shiva Baby, Bodies Bodies Bodies and Bottoms, it’s clear that Rachel Sennott pulled it off. The actress showed range over the three films, highlighting her comedic timing and dramatic skillset. Yet I Used to Be Funny serves…

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  • SXSW 2023: A24’s ‘Beef’ Springs to Life with Wong and Yeun’s Darkly Comic Performances

    As television continues to bring in movie stars to headline their projects, stars get the chance to play out of type. This allows performers to flex their acting muscles and often tell stories that audiences may not associate with them. Netflix hopes that Beef, the new series from Lee Sung Jin, draws you in with…

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  • SXSW 2023: ‘If You Were the Last’ – A Lovely Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Romance

    In a post-Covid world, the concept of isolation is all too real. However, even in the most dire circumstances, we reach out for connection from those around us. If You Were the Last takes this idea a bit further. Director Kristian Mercado delivers one of the year’s cutest and most unique visual spectacles. His lo-fi…

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  • SXSW 2023: ‘The Herricanes’ is a Triumphant Sport Documentary

    Bringing a sports story to life, especially those focused on women, has rarely been easy. Sadly, most women’s sports never feature the record keeping of men’s sports. In the case of The Herricanes, the process seemed even more difficult than normal. Yet director Olivia Kuan connected with the material more than the regular documentarian. For…

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  • SXSW 2023: ‘Raging Grace’ Tells an Immigrant Story In a Haunted House

    The immigrant and low SES horror film continues to gain traction in recent years. In the past few years, Nanny and His House were among the best films of the year, and struck to the heart of anxiety of moving to a new world. Director Paris Zarcilla shows a ton of potential with Raging Grace.…

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