Black Panther

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The best movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and now, Black Panther) all have a few things in common.  For one, they’re essentially standalone, requiring nothing from their audience other than a willingness to have fun.  Their other shared element is the introduction of a new world to their viewers.  For Iron Man, that was the then-new and exciting MCU itself; Guardians of the Galaxy created a colorful, pulpy version of outer space; and now, Black Panther gives us Wakanda, a fictional African country that plays at third-world poverty but boasts a technologically advanced society hidden from all other nations. Continue reading

Netflix Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

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If nothing else, The Cloverfield Paradox is an interesting – if dubiously effective – experiment in advertising.  Informing the masses of its existence via a short Super Bowl ad, it attracted a fair 750,000 viewers later that night.  The series itself remains something of a novelty in the age of producers endlessly mining the same vein to diminishing returns: a loose series of movies that share the same name and universe, but are hugely unalike in terms of tone, scale, and genre.  Cloverfield was a found-footage kaiju movie, 10 Cloverfield Lane was a claustrophobic thriller, and now we have The Cloverfield Paradox, a…space movie? Continue reading

The Fast and Fentress Worst of 2017

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As I said in my Best of 2017, the ratio of good-to-bad movies was pretty decent this year, but the 2017 had its share of stinkers as well.  Two quick notes: I (obviously) couldn’t include any movies I didn’t see (so you’re off the hook, The Emoji Movie); and as always, the presence of a movie on this list doesn’t inherently mean I disliked it.  Enjoy! Continue reading

The Fast and Fentress Best of 2017

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In retrospect, 2017 was an impressive year for cinema.  Anytime I find myself having to pare down my picks for the Honorable Mentions, I really can’t complain.  Now, without further ado, here are my top ten movies of the year. Continue reading

Call Me by Your Name

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Another New Year, another deluge of Oscar Bait.  Some things never change, and for movie aficionados like myself the sudden awards season overflow of “must-see” movies is only slightly preferable to a full-on drought (coming this February…).  Going to the theater is starting to feel like an obligation, especially with a serious lack of enjoyable trash to balance out all the prestige pictures.  But the upside is that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a few real winners, perhaps none better than Call Me by Your Name. Continue reading

I Love You, Daddy

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Now I can’t say exactly how I came across this movie, but I assure you all that it was through completely legitimate channels.  And yes, I will be addressing the controversy surrounding its cancellation, but first, my review: Continue reading