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Bikes, blood and brutality: A review of “Akira” (1988)

I have come to the conclusion that animated body horror is infinitely better than live-action body horror. This not only arises from how much of an aversion I have to live-action body horror, but because the animated medium provides enough distance between me and the gore  for me to actually…

High octane anti-colonialism: a review of “Black Panther” (2018)

      The first thing I’ll say about Coogler’s “Black Panther” is that watching it causes the sequel to make a great deal more sense to me. My relationship to Marvel films is complicated because I’ve seen a few, and oftentimes removed from the context of the increasingly tangled corporate web…

“Gentlemen, You Can’t Fight in Here! This is a War Room!”: A Review of “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)

For most Americans fearing the implications of the Space Race, Nuclear Arms Race and everything communist in general, a biting political satire about all of this was the last thing they likely wanted… but even decades after its release, Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and…

This is a Halloween double feature: A joint movie review 

     I had two unique cinematic experiences this past week: The Film Society’s screening of Sharman’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and Selick’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” accompanied by The Minnesota Orchestra. Both are horror, musical, cult films in extensive conversation with what has come before. “Rocky Horror’s” opening number…

For Lack of A Better Word: Fantastic

If nothing else immediately pounces on you upon starting Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, then the gorgeous colors certainly will. This vibrantly crafted world of fall hues perfectly reflects our cast of characters, who give off some semblance of heat just like its marvelous reds, oranges and yellows. Mr. Fox and…