2010s

Review: Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey

Review: Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey

Year: 2016 | Rating: Well, I finally got my hands on a copy of Voyage of Time: Life's Journey, and thus I have now seen every feature-length film that Terrence Malick has made during his fifty-year career. To be honest, I kind of wish that I was able to mark the occasion with a film that I enjoyed a little more. This film is generally considered a "full-length" cut of its 45-minute-long companion piece, Voyage of Time: An IMAX Documentary, but they are actually quite different films in their tone and messages. Yes, they share much of the same footage, but whereas…
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The Jackass Films, Ranked

The Jackass Films, Ranked

Before there was TikTok, or Vine, or even YouTube, there was MTV's Jackass TV series, which fed viewers (mostly teenage boys and young men) a constant, uninterrupted stream of dudes with questionable intelligence performing ridiculous stunts (with often disastrous results) and tormenting each other with disgusting or dangerous pranks. Even though the show only ran for three seasons between 2000 and 2001, the concept proved so popular and the group of lovably bone-headed guys proved so beloved that the series was spun-off into multiple subsequent TV shows and, perhaps more culturally significantly, a total of nine feature-length films. While it…
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Short/Feature: Breaking Fast

Short/Feature: Breaking Fast

Breaking Fast The Short: Year: 2015 | Rating: In a bizarre twist that I absolutely did not see coming, I liked the short version of Breaking Fast much better than the feature that it ended up being adapted into. The actors were much more natural; so much so, in fact, that the whole "Kal-El" bit that was cringe-worthy in the feature was actually adorably awkward here. This short, which focuses mostly on Kal and Mo's first "date," feels almost Before Sunrise (1995)-esque at times, a tone which is painfully absent from the feature; in fact, as I mention below, it lacked…
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Quick Hits: The Little Hours, G.B.F., Push

Quick Hits: The Little Hours, G.B.F., Push

Quick Hits In this edition of Quick Hits, I review a strange comedy about temptation and repression, a gay Mean Girls knockoff that is anything but "fetch," and a bizarre sci-fi thriller that is far too convoluted for its own good. The Little Hours Year: 2017 | Rating: The Little Hours is a very strange film that I am having a very hard time deciding how I felt about it. On one hand, this was billed as a comedy, and I didn't really think that it was that funny. Aubrey Plaza's shtick didn't land for me in the opening scene, and…
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Review: We the Animals

Review: We the Animals

Year: 2018 | Rating: Despite being perhaps the most empathetic art form humans possess, it's surprisingly rare that you can say that a film perfectly evokes the real-life experiences that it portrays. Personally, I've only experienced that feeling less than a handful of times in my life, but it's a high that I chase with every single film that I watch; I'm constantly in the pursuit of that indescribable feeling of being seen, of realizing that somebody else somewhere knows what I've been through and has captured that feeling so that other people can get a better understanding of why I…
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Short/Feature: Short Term 12

Short/Feature: Short Term 12

Short Term 12 The Short: Year: 2008 | Rating: Literally the only way I could find this short film was by buying the Short Term 12 Blu-ray from Amazon, and after watching it, I can kind of see why. I haven't seen the feature film since it came out back in 2013, but I definitely don't remember it being so unrelentingly tragic and bleak. Compared to other short/feature combos I've watched, like The Way He Looks and Whiplash (both 2014), I will say that Short Term 12 is perhaps the best example of a microcosm of what the feature film actually ended up being. Thankfully the feature…
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Short/Feature: Whiplash

Short/Feature: Whiplash

Whiplash The Short: Year: 2013 | Rating: Even in this one-scene, 18-minute short version of Whiplash, writer-director Damien Chazelle proves that he knows how to capture and enthrall an audience. You literally cannot look away and are kept on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Such a prodigious talent (and that might be an understatement). Language: EnglishGenre: DramaRuntime: 18 min.Rating: TV-14 Director: Damien ChazelleStarring: Johnny Simmons, J.K. Simmons, Nate Lang, C.J. Vana The Feature: Year: 2014 | Rating: It's not very often that I increase my rating on a film after a rewatch, but having just seen Whiplash for the…
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Quick Hits: Wish You, Giant Little Ones, Geography Club

Quick Hits: Wish You, Giant Little Ones, Geography Club

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, I review a feature adaptation of a Korean boy-love web series, a virtually unknown coming-of-age indie that embraces the gray areas of life, and a made-for-TV queer comedy that is somehow a product of a time before it was made. Wish You Year: 2021 | Rating: My fiancée is a big fan of Asian boy-love series. I am...not. They're often far too queer-baiting for my tastes, and if the boys do end up together, it's always at the very end of the series after a number of terribly tragic and melodramatic…
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Short/Feature: The Way He Looks

Short/Feature: The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks The Short: I Don't Want to Go Back Alone Original title: Eu Não Quero Voltar SozinhoYear: 2010 | Rating: Just as one might expect, I Don't Want to Go Back Alone is basically just a non-fleshed-out prototype for the feature-length The Way He Looks. It's fine, effective, but man, I'm not a big fan of how Leo's friends treat him sometimes. You can't just kiss a blind kid and run away, man. That is seriously uncool. Language: PortugueseGenre: Romance, DramaRuntime: 17 min.Rating: Not Rated Director: Daniel RibeiroStarring: Ghilherme Lobo, Tess Amorim, Fábio Audi, Nora Toledo, Júlio Machado The Feature: The…
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Quick Hits: Minari, Carnal Knowledge, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Quick Hits: Minari, Carnal Knowledge, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, I take a look at an acclaimed indie drama that missed its mark for me, a 1970s film that pushed the envelope for what content is acceptable in mainstream films, and a Yorgos Lanthimos thriller that is genuinely chilling. Minari Year: 2020 | Rating: I must say, I am genuinely shocked by how much I didn't enjoy this film. Given all of the praise that it received and the fact that it's a family drama, I really expected Minari to be right up my alley. And honestly? I feel shallow for saying this,…
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