Movies

Trying to Keep Our Sanity: In Unironic Praise of Bad Movies

Here\’s a bit from my recent article, published at Film Inquiry: On April 14th, Netflix will begin showing new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the cult series devoted to watching, and making jokes about, bad movies. During the show’s 20-year absence, bad movie fandom has ballooned to the extent that incompetent movies have now …

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The Official (Not Official) Get Out White Liberal Bingo Card!

 Warning: This post contains spoilers for Get Out As indicated by its (nearly) unanimous critical praise and impressive box office receipts, Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out has been enjoyed by lots of people. For some white liberal filmgoers, myself included, the movie has been a revelation, dramatizing a type of horror that I’ve never seen, …

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Something to Avenge: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hero Problem

Richard Donner’s Superman: The Motion Picture (1977) and Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) may have already proven that moviegoers want to see superheroes on the screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been successful beyond expectation. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, the MCU has been telling a large-scale story without precedent, spanning fourteen big-budget Disney feature …

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Review: Arrival

Visual depictions of aliens tend to disappoint. We want something strange and fantastic, frightening in its unknowability, but usually end up with the creatures of Star Trek or Doctor Who: regular ol’ human beings with some extra stuff glued onto their faces. Part of the joy in Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction drama Arrival stems from …

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