Face/Off (1997)

FACE/OFF (1997)

We have met the enemy and he is me, as I use a MAGA conspiracy theory as an excuse to introduce Nakea to John Woo's preposterous action thriller.

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

As my Independent Study in World Cinema continues, I dive deep into Jean Renoir's tragicomic critique of French society on the eve of the Second World War.

Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia aims a crossbow in ANGEL

WEEK 7:
THE BEST SLAYED PLANS

In which I offer quick takes on stuff I've been watching (including Judas and the Black Messiah, Saint Maud, and Clarice), and explain at some length why I won't be writing about Buffy the Vampire Slayer this year after all.

People rescuing Ralph Fiennes, who is buried in dirt, in the movie THE DIG

WEEK 6: BURIED

This week's blog/newsletter features some labored thoughts on the writing process, and quick takes on The Dig, Malcolm & Marie, The Little Things, I May Destroy You, and other things I've been watching.

OTHER RECENT POSTS

Chris Tucker and Ice Cube in FRIDAY (1995)
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FRIDAY (1995)

In honor of the great John Witherspoon's passing, we're f–ing up the rotation this week, as Nakea introduces Michael to a '90s comedy classic.

Kiefer Sutherland in THE LOST BOYS
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THE LOST BOYS (1987)

Sleep all day, party all night, never get old, never die. It's good to be the Unenthusiastic Critic.

Jennifer Connelly in PHENOMENA (1985)
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PHENOMENA (1985)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is bugging out, as our Halloween Movie Marathon continues with Dario Argento's weirdest movie.

Donald Sutherland and Sharon Williams in Don't Look Now
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DON'T LOOK NOW (1973)

Our horror marathon continues with Nicolas Roeg's masterpiece of grief, marital disintegration, and impending doom. (In other words, it's business as usual for The Unenthusiastic Critic.)

Emily Blunt in A QUIET PLACE
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A QUIET PLACE (2018)

It's quiet in here—a little TOO quiet—as The Unenthusiastic Critic continues her 2019 Horror Movie Marathon with John Krasinski's muffled monster movie.

Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
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FRANKENSTEIN (1931) & BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)

It's alive! The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2019 Halloween Movie Marathon gets underway with a classic creature double-feature from the golden age of the Universal movie monsters.

Andie MacDowell in sex, lies, and videotape
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SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE (1989)

We're recording our deepest, most intimate thoughts on Steven Soderbergh's seminal debut feature, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

The fall's probably gonna kill us, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Newman and Redford's quintessential buddy western with The Unenthusiastic Critic's first viewing.

Natalie Martinez in THE I-LAND (Netflix)
FIRST LOOK/LAST LOOK

THE I-LAND

The I-Land wants desperately to be Lost. Dull, derivative, and dumb, it should be lost, and it should stay lost.

Armageddon
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ARMAGEDDON (1998)

It's the end of the world as we know it, and it can't come fast enough for The Unenthusiastic Critic, as she endures her first viewing of Michael Bay's disaster porn.

THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)
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THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)

It's the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational episode of The Unenthusiastic Critic yet.

Dudley Moore in ARTHUR (1981)
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ARTHUR (1981)

This week, The Unenthusiastic Critic is caught between the moon and New York City, as we sit down for Steve Gordon's dipsomaniacal comedy.

Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now (1979)
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APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is venturing into the heart of darkness for her first viewing of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, released 40 years ago this week.

Hopper, Fonda, and Nicholson in EASY RIDER (1969)
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EASY RIDER (1969)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is firing all of her guns at once at a counterculture classic.

Taron Egerton in ROCKETMAN (2019)
FILM REVIEWS

ROCKETMAN (2019)

Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman is endearingly goofy, and occasionally moving, but only rarely transcends the shallow limitations of a jukebox musical.

Arya Stark in Game of Thrones 8x05 - The Bells
GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES 8×05: "THE BELLS"

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones demands that we reconsider everything—including our investment in this show and these characters.

Ser Brienne of Tarth in GoT 8x02 - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
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GAME OF THRONES 8×02: "A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS"

"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" is Game of Thrones at its absolute best. It is a last chance to remember—before all hell breaks loose—that this show was always about people, not special effects.

Jon and Daenerys in Game of Thrones 8x01 - Winterfell
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GAME OF THRONES 8×01: "WINTERFELL"

"Winterfell" feels a little too much like a box-checking prologue to the final season of Game of Thrones, not the exciting opening chapter.