• A Fool and His Cup: “The Fisher King”

    by Ashley Naftule It’s been three years since the passing of Robin Williams. Looking back on the man’s long body of work, one film in particular stands out as his crowning achievement as a performer: Terry Gilliam’s 1991 classic The Fisher King. Like most comedians of his stature, Williams could do drama just as deftly […]

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  • Jeanne Moreau: A Life Lived In Flames

    by Ashley Naftule “The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down. To me, life is going up until you are burned by flames.” It’s a pity that Jeanne Moreau never played Joan of Arc. Who else, after all, best exemplifies that vision of life Moreau […]

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  • The Darkest Timeline: “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America”

    by Ashley Naftule C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America In the latest installment of “What’s Pissing Off The Internet This Week”, Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss announced that their next project for HBO would be an alternative history series called Confederate that’s about, yep, you guessed it: The South winning the […]

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  • Behind The Red Door: “It Comes At Night”

    by Ashley Naftule “We have met the enemy and he is us.” It’s cartoonist Walt Kelly’s most famous line, and it’s a line that succinctly sums up a theme that emerges in countless horror films: that the evil of marauding serial killers, zombies, and giant beasts is no match for the venality and cruelty of […]

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  • We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful: “Withnail & I”

    by Ashley Naftule “I’m 30 in a month and I’ve got a sole flapping off my shoe.” It’s 1969 and two unemployed actors in Camden Town are struggling to stay afloat. While the Summer of Love zeitgeist is raging on in other parts of the country, Marwood (Paul McGann) and Withnail (Richard E. Grant) spend […]

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  • California Dreams and Expiration Dates: “Chungking Express”

    by Ashley Naftule I’ve been “putting myself out there” recently. In 21st terms, that means I’ve vanquished what lingering reservations about online dating I had left and dived head-on into the worlds of Matches and OkCupids and swipe apps. As someone with a history of dating people I’ve known as friends first, throwing myself into […]

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  • 8 Films That You Should Watch With Your Father

    by Ashley Naftule Lone Wolf and Cub Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday. A perfect time to spend some quality bonding time with dear old Dad. What better way for y’all to come together than to watch a movie? Here’s a few suggestions on movies that the two of you can watch that will […]

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  • “Visual Drone”: Slowing Down with Tarkovsky & Tati

    by Ashley Naftule Solaris “It’s so slow.” That’s one of the most common and damning critiques you can hear about a movie – that it’s slow. Slow is often used as a synonym for boring. Telling someone that a film is slow is probably the quickest and most effective way to convince them NOT to […]

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