Effects

Effects

I saw a screening of the movie Effects which was a horror film that was semi-released in 1979. It stars Joseph Pilato, Susan Chapek, and Tom Savini who is horror royalty. I say semi-released because the film was not distributed until 2005 on DVD. It never made the rounds theatrically. AGFA (American Genre Film Archive) had the only known 35mm print and just finished a 4K restoration of the film, so you will be able to watch it on Bluray by the end of August.

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Atomic Blonde

When reading about search engine optimization and how to write articles that get noticed online, one of the prevailing ideas is that each article should be at least 300 words with more being better. The higher the word count, the more substantial the article looks to different search engine algorithms. Finding the creativity to muster up 300 words about Atomic Blonde has been proving to be very difficult.

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Detroit

I had the privilege of seeing a sneak peak last night of the new Kathryn Bigelow movie Detroit. The film is set in Detroit in 1967 and is about the Algiers Murders that happened on day 3 of the riots. It is at the height of the rioting, rage, and fear, and it all seems to culminate in one night in one location. The tension is palpable throughout the movie and the two hour and twenty-three minute run time seems to just fly by.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

It’s been a little over a year since Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping came out and it is currently streaming on HBO. I was doing a little research and found this gem on one of my rabbit holes and did some digging on it. It had an estimated $20 million dollar budget and only got back $9 million of that at the box office. This movie seemed to have come and go, so I never thought any of it until I actually sat down and watched it.

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Dunkirk

When you go to see a movie about war, you usually get a pretty good show with epic set pieces where the two sides collide in open battle. You hear the bullets flying overhead as you follow the hero of the story weave in and out of the enemy’s lines and count the bodies that he leaves behind. It’s usually rated R because of all of the gore and guts left in the path of our hero. When I heard there was a PG-13 war film coming out about an evacuation and retreat, I was a little skeptical. How could this possibly be interesting to watch?

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Mommy Dead and Dearest

I just finished the HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest. It is a true crime documentary about Gypsy Rose Blancharde, a young lady who suffers from leukemia, sleep apnea, multiple sclerosis, and being mentally challenged. Or does she? It’s difficult to talk anymore about the film without giving anything away, so I will do my best to just talk about why you should watch Mommy Dead and Dearest.

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To The Bone

Netflix has been on a little bit of a hot streak with its feature film releases in the past month. In June, we got to experience Okja, the heartwarming story of a super pig and the girl who raised it. This next film to hit the streaming universe on July 14th is called To The Bone. This movie stars Lily Collins who also had a role in Okja as Red, the young lady who was part of the animal rights group trying to save the super pig.

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The Little Hours

I went and saw The Little Hours this past Monday night. I was on the fence about the movie. I thought that it was going to be a vulgar movie for vulgar sake, which in my opinion, never really make for good viewings. When you watch the red ban trailer, there is swearing, nudity, homosexual acts, and witchcraft. All these things are usually not offensive in and of themselves, except for this is a film about nuns in a convent.

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The Big Sick

If there was ever a movie that I felt was created just for me, it would be The Big Sick. Growing up a fan of romantic comedies but slowly becoming bitter and jaded through the years, The Big Sick found a way to juke past all of my snarkiness and and grab hold of my heart. I feel like this movie is the perfect amalgamation of all those involved and could not be created until now. Here is my theory on why The Big Sick is the best comedy of the year.

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Hello, My Name is Doris

I am extremely excited for the release a the new indie film, The Big Sick, starring Kumail Nanjiani and directed by Michael Showalter. I have loved Michael’s work in the past, including The State, Stella, and Wet Hot American Summer. I even enjoyed his movie The Baxter, which was not a heralded as his other works. His sense of humor is silly to the max and it makes me giggle like a child. In honor of The Big Sick being released, I will be discussing Michael Showalter’s last film, Hello, My Name is Doris.

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