Category: Film and TV

Amazon’s take on Cinderella is dull and pretends to care about feminism

By Mackenzie Johnson We all know the story. Long ago in a kingdom far far away, a beautiful young woman becomes a slave to her evil stepmother and ugly stepsisters after losing her loving father. She escapes her deplorable situation because of a glass slipper, a handsome prince and, of course, her fairy godmother. However,

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James Wan recycles ideas from previous movies in his newest film “Malignant”

By William L.G. Stephens The opening sequence of “Malignant” resonates as if it was left on the editing floor of a “Stranger Things” storyboard room.  It’s all there, the dark hospital on the cliff, the disturbed patient being studied and the experimental score playing in the background.  With little advertisement, other than the ones that

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Fight scenes shine in Shang-Chi, brings hype toward Marvel’s phase four

By Tim Nacey The thing that struck me most walking out of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” was that I didn’t feel like I’d just stepped out of a superhero movie. It has some of the trappings of the genre, but it doesn’t bash you over the head with them. Because of

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Reality is bent and broken in Alan Moore’s debut film ‘The Show’

By Tim Nacey Imagine if “Twin Peaks” and “Hot Fuzz” had a baby that spent a lot of time with “The Naked Gun.” That’s the most concise way I can think to describe Alan Moore’s debut screenplay “The Show.” In all honesty, though, that hardly scratches the surface of this bizarre but fascinating film. The

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‘Nine Days’ is an existential journey that leaves audiences reflecting on personal lives

By Tim Nacey We all know that life can be challenging and sometimes existing in itself can feel like work. But what if it was actually like a job? What if, before we were born into this world, we had to sit across a desk from a stone-faced interviewer and answer complex questions to prove

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James Gunn gives ‘The Suicide Squad’ a second chance

By Tim Nacey “The Suicide Squad” is a strange experience.  Partially because it contains things like feral weasel-men, starfish kaiju and a man with extreme mommy issues that can melt things with the polka dots he shoots from his fingers — but also because of the limbo between sequel and reboot in which it exists.

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Disney’s ‘Cruella’ has too much bark but not enough bite

By Tim Nacey Walt Disney Pictures’ latest live-action adventure might very well be the most ambitious movie ever made. It takes one of the studio’s most iconic villains, one whose main goal is to kill and skin a group of dalmatian puppies, and attempts to make her likeable. Whether or not they succeed in this

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The Popculture Grab Bag: A Grab Bag of Reviews

Tim is joined by fellow Viewpoints reporter Bianca Macias for a round up of movie reviews: Guy Ritchie’s remake of a French thriller Wrath of Man, the family adventure The Mitchells vs The Machines, a racially charged courtroom drama starring A$AP Rocky and Nas: Monster and the feature continuation of Tim’s new favorite anime: Demon

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‘SNL’ star showcases his reality in new show

Sigifredo Macias It’s understandable and intriguing to see a “Saturday Night Live” cast member create something that isn’t a part of “SNL.” “That D— Micheal Che” is a new sketch comedy show on HBO Max created by and starring Micheal Che himself. It’s a good sketch show that brings up many of the issues society

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Popculture Grab Bag: Combat but not ‘Kombat’

Director Simon McQuoid tests his might in Hollywood’s ongoing (losing) struggle to successfully translate video games to cinema. Does he succeed with his adaptation of this iconic fighting franchise? Tim Nacey is joined by fellow Viewpoints reporters Jonathan Ramirez and Tyrese Blue as well as multimedia editor Daniel Hernandez to find out! Before that, Tim

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