Rumbles, Riffs and Riders

Rumbles, Riffs and Riders

Godzilla vs. Kong, Hysterical and Concrete Cowboy

(April 8, 2021) GODZILLA VS. KONG. On the rarest of occasions, one receives an unexpected gift; something one would not have chosen for oneself, or even considered as a potential source of joy....

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Shooting His Shot

Boogie and Bad Trip

(April 1, 2021) BOOGIE. Eddie Huang remains always on his hustle. The child of a sometimes troubled but ultimately fruitful marriage of immigrant entrepreneurs (Chinese by way of Taiwan), he grew up in...

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Sound of Metal and the Weight of Oscars

(March 25, 2021) I've dedicated a fair plot of real estate in this column to the idea that movie awards (and award shows) do not matter. For what it's worth, I've wasted even...

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Battle Cries

Cherry and Moxie

(March 18, 2021) CHERRY. Despite seeming to mostly keep himself to himself, Nico Walker is a pretty prominent media figure these days. He's been profiled, albeit somewhat superficially, by some fancy outlets, married...

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Lost in Transit

Coming 2 America

(March 11, 2021) COMING 2 AMERICA. It probably seems a little silly — and probably is, actually — but I wanted and still want this movie to be great, important even. This won't...

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Minari Flourishes Out of Season

(March 4, 2021) MINARI. There was a time, in the ever receding past, when I was fascinated by and cared about awards, or at least the Academy Awards. I've since come to see...

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Ruthless and Rootless

I Care a Lot and Nomadland

(February 25, 2021) I CARE A LOT. There has been a movement afoot, particularly in the last 20 years or so, among creators and critics in advocacy of the unlikable protagonist. And it...

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Tragedy of the Inside Man

Judas and the Black Messiah

(February 18, 2021) JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH. As the eternal shuffle-step march of our plague years continues, as dates lose significance and shocks remain unsurprising, it can sometimes feel as if nothing...

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Your Own Little World

Bliss and Malcolm & Marie

(February 11, 2021) BLISS. It is a conundrum as old as ... people, I guess. Or at least dating back to the period when people had enough time to focus on something other...

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Digging Up the Past

The Little Things and The Dig

(February 4, 2021) A formidable intoxicant, nostalgia. Smoothing the rough edges of the past, it can also induce prejudice toward the future and obfuscate perceptions of the present. It reorders memory and, dependent...

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Uneasy Marks

Promising Young Woman and In & of Itself

(January 28, 2021) PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN. To call men pigs or dogs more often than not does disservice to pigs and dogs, noble contributors both, though not without their faults. More apt to...

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Hope and History

News of the World and One Night in Miami ...

(January 21, 2021) No sooner than I had published last week's whinging lament that certain exciting new releases (Promising Young Woman and News of the World) were only to be seen theatrically, both...

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Ladies and Gentlemen and Gangsters

Bridgerton and I'm Your Woman

(January 14, 2021) The first quarter of almost any normal year yields very little from the movie watching perspective, at least theatrically. The sprint to screen awards contenders in New York and Los...

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Good Movies from the Bitter End of 2020

(January 7, 2021) I have no intention to recap, relive or relitigate the year just past. I would not suggest I understand what happened to those of us who, so far, have survived....

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Amazon Doesn't Deliver

The soft mess of Wonder Woman 1984

(December 31, 2020) Although Wonder Woman first appeared in DC comics in 1941, I didn't discover her until 1975, the same time the Lynda Carter television series came on. After surviving elementary school...

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The Grudge Boat

(December 24, 2020) LET THEM ALL TALK. It certainly wasn't the biggest (or worst) news of the year but the recent announcement by Warner Bros. that the studio would be releasing its entire...

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