They Blew It: Cultural Appropriation in “Sweet Sweetback” and “Easy Rider”

As the counter cultural movement of the nineteen sixties threatened to topple dominant institutions of power, art served to both encourage and reflect the greater scope of the conflict. While the struggle against the establishment turned out to be ultimately too broad for extensive change, the creative expressions from this period still stand out from […]

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Can’t You Hear Me Knocking: Casino and the Rock and Roll Cinema of Martin Scorsese

I’m sure you noticed I skipped Casino (the supposed subject of this review) while running down these works. Sitting quite square in the middle of this series, Casino feels like the wild, overly indulgent live album that is mostly content to play the hits as feverishly as possible. And don’t think for a second I mean this as a pejorative.

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Below the Line Episode 1

In the first episode of my buddy Phillip Bryant and I’s podcast, we discussed John Wick Chapters 1 and 2 and how they fit into the modern action movie pantheon. Next, we discussed why we don’t see more theatrically released superhero movies in the wake of Lego Batman. Finally, we listed our Top 3 movies […]

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Heat Wave: Your All-Inclusive Guide to the 2016 Summer Movie Season

The four-month stretch (traditionally lasting May through August) has a reputation for exclusively offering the latest in popcorn munching, big budget spectacles but there’s plenty to offer for the discerning viewer. 2016 looks like it’ll have much to choose from cinematically, whether it be the production of an above average thought or just big dumb fun.

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