Busting the Myth of the ‘Unprofitable’ Female-Led Action Movie

This weekend’s big release is a Hollywood adaptation of the beloved and critically acclaimed Japanese anime film, Ghost in the Shell. It’s already been the subject of much debate regarding accusations of whitewashing and cultural appropriation, but while those are negative associations I think there’s a positive aspect of the film worth discussing that’s every […]

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Where Are the Spring Break Movies for Women?

Over the next several weeks countless college-age teens will descend upon exotic locales to enjoy spring break, that idyllic period of drunken debauchery that MTV wants us to think is fun but is really a rum-soaked panic attack with less dancing and more groping. This free-spirited mentality is something Hollywood’s latched onto with countless movies […]

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Film Face-Off: Trainspotting vs. T2 Trainspotting

Welcome to Film Face-Off. Two films enter, one film leaves. Well, technically Jeff Bayer simply pits two movies together, makes up five categories, and then declares a winner. Sometimes there is a good reason for this, sometimes there is not. Most of the time there is a clear winner (in his opinion). Welcome to Film […]

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Review: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Is a Shot of the Good Stuff, Mmm Yeah

Trainspotting, a cult favorite since the moment it arrived 21 years ago, was Danny Boyle’s second movie and most of the world’s first exposure to Ewan McGregor. Boyle has directed nine more films since then, and McGregor has exposed himself countless times, but fans keep jonesin’ for another hit of that sweet, sweet ‘spotting. The […]

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Reopening the Surprisingly Influential Case Files of 1987’s ‘Dragnet’

The red-band trailer for the upcoming CHIPS movie contains no fewer than five f-bombs, two discussions on the hygiene of a particular act between people who love each other very (very) much, and one incident of homophobic hijinks as a man’s face bumps into another man’s business and they discuss just which part of his […]

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Acronym Titles Ranked According to How Fun They Are to Say Aloud

One of this weekend’s most anticipated new movies — or to put it more accurately, this week’s most anticipated new movie about motorcycle-riding police officers in California — is CHiPs (Cannibalistic Humanoid Police). The film stars world-renowned funnyman and husband to Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, who also directed, wrote, and produced the film. We haven’t […]

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Time Capsule: ‘Porky’s’ Is 35 Years Old

One of the most reliable sub-genres of the past 10 years has been the raunchy, R-rated sex comedy, a type of film that can be made cheaply yet yield fantastic grosses (both kinds). There were precursors, but the main progenitor of today’s Apatow-flavored hits was a Canadian cheapie set in Florida in the 1950s: Porky’s. It opened […]

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Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ More Cursed Than Enchanted

The only way Disney’s live-action remake of its own Beauty and the Beast works is if you don’t compare it to the 1991 animated masterpiece. This is hard to do, though, because 1) you have seen the 1991 animated masterpiece, possibly many times, and 2) the remake keeps chasing it, going so far as to duplicate […]

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Lust For Life: The Music of ‘Trainspotting’

The Trainspotting soundtrack, one of the most influential albums of the ‘90s, belongs to the rare group of film soundtracks where the songs are the score. Director Danny Boyle found success with his first feature, 1994’s Shallow Grave, by supplementing the original score with pop tracks both classic and new. With Trainspotting, he chose to eschew […]

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Tale As Old As Time: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gay Nontroversy

The rapidly growing self-cannibalization wing of Walt Disney Pictures has manufactured a new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast that courted controversy from the moment it was announced. First people were upset by the casting of normal human actors in roles previously intended for enchanted knick-knacks (where else is a talking candlestick supposed to get work […]

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