Ticket Taker #1: The Demon That Lived in the Air

Welcome to Ticket Taker, a new semi-regular column where I will be recording some brief thoughts on a series of movies I watched for whatever reason recently. This informal diary is not meant to recommend or dissuade you from seeing the movies yourself but rather record some stray observations I found during my own viewing... Continue Reading →

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The Never-Ending Battle: Avengers Infinity War Review

Against such weighty odds, with the fate of the universe and the company's creative identity hanging in the balance, Infinity War delivers not only the finest iteration of the superhero squad but one of Marvel's very best films in its history, an effort very much cognizant of the interpersonal history of its characters and the company's legacy as a canvas for big-budget entertainment that validates the old expression that some things really do get better with age.

No Time for Confrontations: A Personal Survey of 2017 in Film

Though discrepancies of race, sex, and gender surely do exist, they appear to be weakening on a yearly basis. If this decade is remembered for anything it will be in the creation of a more democratic system that have allowed artists like Jordan Peele, Dee Rees, Greta Gerwig, and Patty Jenkins to not only survive but flourish.

Turnover on Downs: Heaven Can Wait, Love, and Football

In many ways, "Heaven Can Wait" serves as a slight corrective to these previously masochistic self-evaluations. Co-directed with his co-star Henry, Beatty pivots away from the critical atmosphere of the moment into traditional romantic comedy territory that gives direct plot reasoning for his nervous and addled performance style.

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