Brawl in Cell Block 99

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This essentially straight-to-digital movie, released back in October, slipped under my radar until very recently when I caught some online buzz about it.  A serious Vince Vaughn performance is always an intriguing prospect, so I decided to give it a go, expecting a gritty prison movie with (given the director’s previous movie) some hardcore violence.  I wasn’t wrong, but I didn’t expect it to be as damn good as it was. Continue reading

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Welcome back, readers!  I hope you all had a happy holiday, and consider this a moderate spoiler warning.

Let me start by saying this: I didn’t like The Force Awakens.  I found it to be a shameless rip-off of A New Hope, as well as the embodiment of the most cynical accusations ever leveled against the series, helmed by none other than marketing genius and professional franchise-milker J.J. Abrams.  Thankfully, The Last Jedi is an improvement over that clunker in every respect. Continue reading

The Shape of Water

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It’s impossible to get mad at a Guillermo Del Toro movie.  Even his misfires, like the forgettable Crimson Peak and generic Mimic have a creative spark to them that seems increasingly rare in modern Hollywood.  He’s a man who clearly loves what he does, even managing to put his artistic stamp on prefab properties like Blade II.  But The Shape of Water is his vision through and through, for better and for worse. Continue reading

The Fast and Fentress Film Discussion Podcast Episode 2: Sausage Party

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For our second episode, Vil Zsolnay and I discuss the 2016 animated comedy Sausage Party.  We’ll cover the movie’s influences, the religious overtones, and the occasional plot hole that comes with a movie about talking food.  Be warned, spoilers ahead.  Enjoy!

The Disaster Artist

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I’ll get this out of the way first: I’m what you might call an “obsessive” fan of The Room.  I’ve seen it at least ten times, been to several screenings, read Greg Sestero’s book, and even met Tommy Wiseau in person.  So while I’m not exactly an objective judge of The Disaster Artist’s source material, in a way I’m also especially qualified to write this review.  After all, The Disaster Artist is geared toward The Room’s cult following more than any other group, though its story of beating the odds has universal appeal. Continue reading