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Episode 018 - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (2017)

1/18/2018
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Today’s movie is “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (2017), the fifth installment in the popular Disney franchise, following up the poorly received “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011). Six years is a long time to wait for a franchise in today’s entertainment world, and yet, this film still managed to gross $794 MILLION (with an M) dollars worldwide. The franchise picks up roughly 21 years after “At World’s End”, where the son of Elizabeth Swann and Will...

Duration: 00:04:20


Episode 017 - "Columbus" (2017)

1/17/2018
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Today’s movie is “Columbus” (2017), Kogonada’s debut film set in Columbus, Indiana, a city known for its modernist architecture and public art installations. The film follows Jin (John Cho), who has arrived in Columbus to attend to his dying father, who collapsed on a speaking tour. On his trips to the hospital, he meets Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a recent high school graduate working at the library with Gabriel (Rory Culkin), and taking care of her mother (Michelle Forbes). “Columbus”...

Duration: 00:03:57


Episode 016 - "Graduation" (2016)

1/16/2018
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Today’s movie is “Graduation” (2016), Cristian Mungui’s subtle drama about a family falling apart prior to their daughter’s graduation. The film follows Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni), a doctor in a small mountain town, whose daughter Eliza (Maria Dragus) is assaulted prior to her final exams, which are crucial to maintain a scholarship to Cambridge. Eliza, already uncertain about wanting to leave for Cambridge, tries to cope with her assault and the pressure of her father to...

Duration: 00:03:47


Episode 015 - "Iron Man 2" (2010)

1/15/2018
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It’s Marvel Monday and we’re continuing the Road to Infinity War, watching each Marvel Cinematic Universe movie by release date leading up to the big event this May. Today’s movie is “Iron Man 2” (2010), the intense follow-up to the movie that started it all. Making a sequel so early in the Marvel Cinematic Universe always seemed like an odd move, from a storytelling perspective, although it makes perfect sense from a business perspective. The success of the first film showed the potential...

Duration: 00:04:12


Episode 014 - "Metropolis" (1927)

1/14/2018
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Today’s movie is “Metropolis” (1927), Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking science-fiction epic. In particular, the 2010 restoration which features an extra 25 minutes of footage cut after its initial release, and thought lost forever. The footage was found in Buenos Aires in 2008, then restored in Germany until this particular restoration was viewed at the Berlin International Film Festival, with a modern recording of the original score. If you haven’t seen this version, I highly recommend it. For...

Duration: 00:03:51


Episode 013 - "The Polka King" (2017)

1/13/2018
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Today’s movie is “The Polka King” (2017), starring Jack Black as Jan Lewan, the infamous Pennsylvania Polka King who used a Ponzi scheme to fund his various ventures. The film was written by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, based in part on the 2009 documentary “The Man Who Would Be Polka King”. Jan Lewan is a down on his luck Polish immigrant trying to manage his marriage to Marla (Jenny Slate), taking care of her mother, Barb (Jacki Weaver) and a number of questionable business...

Duration: 00:03:17


Episode 012 - "The Boss Baby" (2017)

1/12/2018
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Today’s movie is “The Boss Baby” from DreamWorks Animation, the producers behind hits like “Shrek”, “How to Train Your Dragon”, and “Kung Fu Panda”. “The Boss Baby” is the story of Tim Templeton (Miles Bakshi), an imaginative only child coming to grips with the arrival of his new baby brother, The Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin). Unbeknownst to Tim, The Boss Baby arrived from Baby Corp, where all babies come from, on a secret mission to gather intelligence on a new breed of puppy coming from...

Duration: 00:04:05


Episode 011 - "First They Killed My Father" (2017)

1/11/2018
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Today’s movie is “First They Killed My Father” (2017), based on the memoir of the same name by Luong Ung, a Cambodian survivor of the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge. Angelina Jolie co-wrote the film with Luong Ung, a long-time friend, and produced and directed the film with the help of her Cambodian-born son, Maddox Pitt-Jolie. The story follows Luong’s family’s departure from Phnom Penh after the Khmer Rouge overthrew the military dictatorship backed by the U.S. government, and in...

Duration: 00:04:05


Episode 010 - "A Ghost Story" (2017)

1/10/2018
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Today’s movie is David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story”, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. This minimalist film follows the story of C (Casey Affleck), who is in disagreement with M (Rooney Mara) about moving out of their home. C is reluctant to leave, feeling a connection to the home. Near the date of their departure, C is killed in a car accident outside their home. M heads to the hospital where she says her final goodbyes. C then rises as a bed-sheet covered ghost, drawn back to their...

Duration: 00:03:20


Episode 009 - "Mudbound" (2017)

1/9/2018
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Today’s movie is the Netflix Original “Mudbound”, Dee Rees’s epic period piece based on Hillary Jordan’s novel. “Mudbound” is set in Mississippi just before and after World War II, following two families. The McAllans are a white family who have purchased a farm in the Delta. The Jacksons are a black family who work as sharecroppers for the farm. The families are joined together, intertwined economically and socially, struggling to co-exist in the racist South. “Mudbound” features an...

Duration: 00:04:08


Episode 008 - "The Incredible Hulk" (2008)

1/8/2018
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It’s Marvel Monday and we’re continuing the Road to Infinity War. Today’s movie is “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, with Liv Tyler as Betty Ross and Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky. “The Incredible Hulk” has an odd place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the only film produced by Universal, challenged with overcoming a very contemplative “Hulk” (2003) from Ang Lee, and mired afterwards in Hollywood politics and gossip, resulting in rights battles and character...

Duration: 00:03:42


Episode 007 - "The Big Sick" (2017)

1/7/2018
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Welcome to Oscar Season! The nominations period opened up last Friday, January 5th. Members of the Academy have one week to submit their nominations, which will be tallied and presented to the public on Tuesday, January 23rd. This past year has had some incredible movies and I hope to review as many as possible prior to the big reveal on Sunday, March 4th. In that spirit, today’s movie is “The Big Sick” (2017), the amazing romantic comedy based on the lives of Emily V. Gordon and Kumail...

Duration: 00:04:08


Episode 006 - "Before I Wake" (2016)

1/6/2018
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Today’s film is “Before I Wake”, a 2016 supernatural horror film picked up by Netflix for their first 2018 offering. “Before I Wake” (2016) stars Kate Bosworth as Jesse and Thomas Jane as Mark, a couple recently approved for foster care after losing their son, Sean, in a drowning accident. Jesse and Mark meet Cody (played by Jacob Tremblay), a child who has had a string of bad foster placements with bad endings. Jesse and Mark welcome Cody into their home, doing their best to work with...

Duration: 00:03:52


Episode 005 - "Happy Hunting" (2017)

1/5/2018
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Today’s movie is “Happy Hunting” (2017) starring Martin Dingle Wall as Warren Novak, an alcoholic running from drug runners on his way to Mexico to meet his newly discovered daughter. Before entering Mexico, Warren stops in a border town called Bedford Flats, the night before their annual community hunting festival. As the drug runners track him to Bedford Flats, Warren seeks refuge with Steve Patterson, played by Ken Lally, who heads up an addiction recovery group in town. Warren...

Duration: 00:03:02


Episode 004 - "AlphaGo" (2017)

1/4/2018
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Today’s movie is: “AlphaGo” (2017), a documentary about AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence program written by Google Deep Mind, and AlphaGo’s historic defeat of Lee Sedol in March 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. I used to play Go regularly at a local club and find the game fascinating, so combining the love of that game with an interest in artificial intelligence is right up my alley. The documentary begins with quick overviews of both artificial intelligence and Go, giving you enough...

Duration: 00:03:35


Episode 003 - "Brawl in Cell Block 99" (2017)

1/3/2018
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Hey, do you like neo-exploitation films that utilize mature themes, brutal violence, and a protagonist in a continuous downward spiral? Well, then I have just the film for you: “Brawl in Cell Block 99” (2017). Vince Vaughn stars as Bradley Thomas, a former boxer and recovering alcoholic trying to do right by his life and his marriage. After losing his job and learning his wife Lauren (played by Jennifer Carpenter) was cheating on him, Bradley decides to take a job running drugs to make a...

Duration: 00:02:55


Episode 002 - "Bright" (2017)

1/2/2018
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“Bright” (2017) is a convoluted genre mashup film, combining the fantasy and buddy cop genres with mixed results. The film is set in an alternate modern reality, where classic fantasy species like orcs and elves have existed with humans since the dawn of time. The elves run the world, representing the moneyed class, while the orcs are confined to the ghettos, economically victimized for actions taken two millennia ago. The film opens with Will Smith, playing Officer Daryl Ward, a human,...

Duration: 00:03:56


Episode 001 - Iron Man (2008)

1/1/2018
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Few films stand out as major landmarks in the now immensely popular comic book film genre. Mainstream hits like “Superman” (1978) and “Batman” (1989) quickly established DC Comics as the frontrunner and helped define the genre. It took time for Marvel Comics until 1998 to produce “Blade” (1998), arguably the first well-received Marvel film, followed by two more films, Zach Snyder’s “X-Men” (2000), and Sam Raimi’s “Spider-man” (2002), establishing Marvel Comics as a contender, and adding...

Duration: 00:04:12