Twelve Ways to Get Hyped for Fargo’s Third Season

The trailers are out for the third season of Fargo and there isn't much more to say about them than "okay then." As in, it looks good. Pretty darn good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbV47R1g_vo But it's not here yet. The third season of the anthology will premier in late April, giving us time to either rewatch the first …

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Let’s Hope the New Beauty and the Beast Ends with Gaston Killing the Beast

Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast is almost here. And while the majority of the conversation has circulated around its awe-inspiring special effects, its loyalty to the original, and Josh Gad's portrayal of Disney's first openly gay character, there is a different conversation I'm interested in having. Specifically, this new adaptation of Beauty and the …

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No More Gritty Reboots: Why Lego Batman and Legion Are the Future of Superheroes

Yes, this blog is dedicated to "an ongoing exploration of the dark and gritty reboot." But, as written about in the previous post on this blog, The World Needs Bad Men, it's time to admit that the dark-n-gritty reboot has run its course. The anti-heroes have ascended to the White House. It's time for a …

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The World Needs Bad Men: How the Bush Era Caused the Anti-Hero Wave that Gave Rise to Trump

Toward the finale of the 2016 election, Mike Huckabee took to Fox News to give a defense of Donald Trump that I’ve been mulling over in my head ever since. I see Trump as Capt Quint (Robert Shaw) on the boat, Orca, in the movie "Jaws." He's salty, drunk and says incorrect things. He spits …

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Will True Detective’s Second Season be to True Detective as Halloween 3 is to Halloween?

Matthew McConaughey recently stirred up some folks by saying that yes, he misses playing Rust Cohle and, yes, he would consider reprising that character, if given the right opportunity. “Would you ever consider going back,” his interviewer asked him. “Yeah, I would," McConaughey answered.  This fueled some speculation and some argument. Questions like what would …

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Is Bane the Batman Character Who Trump Resembles Most?

"Do you feel in charge?" It is with these words that the power shifts from one man to another in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, as the terrorist and demagogue Bane rests a hand on the shoulder of corrupt, scheming businessman John Daggett. This is Daggett's last moment alive, realizing that he staked …

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Why I’m Done Seeing Tarantino Films in the Theater

This isn't a review of The Hateful Eight. I'll sum up my opinion of it in one sentence: It's not his worst movie or his best movie, and I only recommend it to people who are determined to see every Tarantino film. This is a review of the crowd at The Hateful Eight 70 mm …

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The 15 Most Under-Appreciated Films of the Last 15 Years

  If you hadn't noticed: it's list season. And while I don't believe in lists-for-the-sake-of-lists, I've been meaning to put together a list of the films that I think more people deserve to a) see and b) see with an open mind.  I am not calling them "underrated," as I find that underrated usually denotes something …

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What We Failed to Learn About Terrorism from The Dark Knight

Or, "Stop Calling Them Gunmen and Start Calling Them Terrorists" One of the most notable elements of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is that, despite being made by a British writer and director and set in the fictional Gotham City, the films capture the zeitgeist of the post-9/11 America in a frightening, realistic way. But there’s …

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Happy Black Friday 2015 from David Foster Wallace

A week ago yesterday - on Wednesday, November 25 - I came across a deal on Amazon: a free digital download of the SD version of the David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour. The deal materialized as part of Black Friday Week, the manic celebration of capitalism that has eclipsed Thanksgiving during …

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