Tag Archives: Independence Day

A quarantine with The Master

Several years ago now, I started systemically moving through the work of high-profile directors. This is part of the path from loud movie nerd to legitimate film scholar – film scholars actually study film, they don’t just write about it. … Continue reading

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Stop what you’re doing and go see Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla is a monumental achievement in filmmaking. It’s a gleefully atypical disaster film. It’s an inspiring vision of the human spirit. More than anything else, though, it’s Japanese. Manmade and natural disasters On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a magnitude … Continue reading

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Entropy on Labor Day — Davids rule the summer, Goliaths crash and burn

Labor Day weekend 2016 was bad. If you discount last summer’s holiday weekend that saw War Room take the weekend crown, you have to go all the way back to 2005 to find a Labor Day weekend that did worse than this … Continue reading

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Secret Life of Pets is… you know

I mean… you know… The Secret Life of Pets follows Max (Louis C.K.), a Jack Russell Terrier who is way too in love with his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper). This becomes a huge problem when she brings home another rescue dog, … Continue reading

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Was that a parody?

Dusk is falling on the era of sequels, but even though Hollywood is repeating itself to the point of self-satire, Independence Day: Resurgence is still a great idea. Released almost 20 years to the day after the iconic first movie, Resurgence presented the promise … Continue reading

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