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Reviews

The Northman Review |

The Northman Review |

The Northman is an epic Shakespearean tale of revenge that amazes with its impressive photography and production value.  Watching The Northman is the closest thing to traveling through time. The film manages to capture the historical period and mythology of the Vikings with a breathtaking level of accuracy. In this Amleth, a Viking prince, seeks revenge after his father is murdered by his uncle. On a basic level, that synopsis may remind people of Shakespeare’s Hamlet or Disney’s The Lion King, but this film takes its own route. With every single frame the film reaffirms that you are about to…
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Severance Review | Delightfully Mind-blowing

Severance Review | Delightfully Mind-blowing

Severance is a mind-blowing, Ben Stiller-ized drama that challenges the idea of “work/life balance” and pushes it to its limit. I promise that you have never explored a topic like Stiller has this one. The pros, the cons, the twists, the turns, and the unimagined horrors. However, for as powerful as it is, this is an impossibly engaging story that, sadly, leaves you lusting for more. Adam Scott in Severance Mark and his colleagues work at Lumon Industries, a mega-corporation that has created a procedure that allows its employees to separate their mind into two: outside of work and inside.…
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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent | SXSW2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent | SXSW2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a hilariously self-indulgent action comedy that magnifies the ESSENCE of what Nicolas Cage has become while serving as a love letter to cinema and storytelling. This is the “CAGIEST” NIC CAGE film yet! Playing a fictional version of himself, Cage is, yet again, at a crossroads between his career and his family. Unfortunately for him, the Cage fandom complicates things as he gets caught up in a ludicrous undercover CIA kidnapping plot where he’s enlisted to get intel on a crazed super fan. Pedro Pascal as Javi and Nicolas Cage as Nic Cage…
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Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood | SXSW2022

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood | SXSW2022

Richard Linklater telegraphs an inspiring and heartfelt love letter to his family, state and country that’s pure nostalgia. Astro-naughting never looked cooler, and when you’re 10 1/2 in the most ideal time of America, it’s the coolest thing ever! A young boy takes us on the trip of his lifetime when we journey alongside his boyhood detailing what “our past” meant to him. A brilliantly animated documentary that delivers a gripping dramatic experience. Its presentation allows it the freedom to go anywhere it wants. It has penchants of the Oscar nominated Flee with the stylings of The Wonder Years. The…
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I Love My Dad | SXSW2022

I Love My Dad | SXSW2022

A super cringe, super uncomfortable father/son love story that’s equal parts sick and amazingly tender. A beautiful trainwreck of emotions leading to a crash that will undo you. Patton Oswalt and James Morosini are unexpectedly the best Romance of 2022 and the biggest surprise… It’s a true story. Chuck represented an unreliable constant in his son Franklin’s life. Franklin recently attempted suicide and in the aftermath of that failed attempt, while building boundaries and healing, he cuts out his dad for good. Chuck is determined to right his wrongs and be the dad his son deserves at any cost. Even…
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Bodies Bodies Bodies Review | SXSW2022

Bodies Bodies Bodies Review | SXSW2022

Hurricane parties aren’t for the faint of heart. They’re also not for fake best friends sitting on lies & trust issues, dripping with toxicity. This is a dirty, sexy WHO-DUNNIT that feels like Euphoria mixed with the manic of Uncut Gems and the camp of Scream. Some of Gen-Z’s worst and richest throw a Hurricane party that tragically ends before it really begins. A group of longtime so-called friends try to reconcile the return of one of their own. Despite their not-so best efforts, a child’s game heightens the rising tension and spills blood between them. The night becomes a…
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Sissy Review | SXSW2022

Sissy Review | SXSW2022

Acquired recently by Shudder, even before the festival started, Sissy is following the lengthy and rocky trend of social media horror films, which I haven’t been the biggest fan of. Having said that, I was still excited to see how it was going to tackle the themes of trauma, pressure, and loneliness (which seem to be the main topics in these types of horror pictures). It begins with bright colors and a score that feels like it came out from a Disney Channel film. The sing-songy music cue makes you think that this was a farce on social media, which…
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Anonymous Club Review | SXSW2022

Anonymous Club Review | SXSW2022

A few indie artists can express themselves freely in their music like Courtney Barnett. Of course, many artists put their soul into the music they make, but there’s something unique about how Barnett conveys her touching yet arcane lyrics. You may have heard of the Australian singer-songwriter thanks to her hit song “Avant Gardener” from her debut, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. The track has a slick indie vibe, which may feel uplifting in the instrumental, but hard-hitting in the lyrics as it explores the difficulty of escaping her discomfort. There are many other examples of this…
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Really Good Rejects Review | SXSW2022

Really Good Rejects Review | SXSW2022

Austin, TX has a well renowned and fantastic music scene. At SXSW, not only is it shown in their music section of the festival (with artists like SASAMI, Ringo Deathstarr, Wet Leg, Japanese Breakfast, and Linqua Franqa playing), but also on the 24 Beats Per Second documentaries in their film festival. One of the most interesting ones playing this year is Alice Gu’s Really Good Rejects. The doc covers the life of Reuben Cox, a modern-day luthier. Although you may not have heard of him (to be frank, I didn’t either), it’s fascinating to see and hear his process of…
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To Leslie Review | SXSW2022

To Leslie Review | SXSW2022

The troubles that lurk at the bottom of a bottle. The struggles of maintaining yourself after losing it all. The search for guidance amidst rebuilding your life. Alcoholism and addiction have been displayed on the cinematic landscape on many occasions and in different styles. Classic examples like Leaving Las Vegas, La Cienaga, Days of Wine and Roses, and Under the Volcano have demonstrated the different sides of drinking and addiction problems. Now director Michael Morris tells his version of the tale with the wonderful Andrea Riseborough in the lead role. With Riseborough’s name alone, I’m all eyes and ears, as…
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