Trash or Toy?

Trash or Toy?

Toy Story 4 Embraces Existential Despair
Look, Pixar has always been pretty good about finding moments of genuine humanity within their movies about flying houses, sentient toys and cute robots, but they're masters at unearthing the sadness at the core of the human condition. Animated movies about anthropomorphic toys shouldn't be so gut wrenchingly honest and upsetting, but here we are.

Small-Town Lives

"Phoenix, Oregon" captures the beauty in the mundane
Bobby Hoffman has a bad haircut and a worse mustache. He wakes up every morning in a classic Airstream trailer surrounded by empty boxes of Pop Tarts.

From First to Last

"Dark Phoenix" tries to reignite the X-franchise
"The Dark Phoenix Saga" changed how I viewed comic books. Released from January to October 1980 and written by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, "The Dark Phoenix Saga" showed me that not all comics would have happy endings.

A-Ska-Calypse Now

Local filmmaker creates a documentary about the ska music genre
As I sat down to watch local filmmaker Taylor Morden's ska documentary, "Pick it Up!," I realized I knew nothing about the genre—other than the fact I liked it a lot in middle/high school for about five minutes. I would have liked it longer, but I was young and fickle (but mostly because I discovered hip-hop music).

Kings of the Multiplex

The summer blockbusters have arrived
Last week we took a look at some of the best indie movies of the year that you might have missed, since the giant mega-blockbusters get released all year long now instead of just in the summer. When you live in a town that doesn't have multiple multiplexes and "Avengers: Endgame" is playing on six screens, some of the smaller and most original films of the year won't even make it to the big screen.

Motorcycles, Dogs and Horses, Oh My

John Wick 3 is a wall-to-wall murder party
Since "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" raked in around $100 million across its opening weekend, it's obvious audiences haven't gotten tired of watching our man Keanu Reeves murder hundreds of faceless bad guys in new and original ways. Personally, I'm glad they haven't, because not only is this installment of the franchise the best one yet, it's easily the most jaw-dropping action film since "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Now Their Watch Has Ended

The Iron Throne
Spoilers This final season of "Game of Thrones" has been divisive to say the least.

Little Big Movies

The Best Indies of far
So far, 2019 has been huge for blockbusters, with two Marvel movies making over a billion dollars and "Us" rakin g in more than any other original horror movie in history. Basically, the big old studio movies are still crushing the box office, but the smaller films are making less than ever before.

Now Our Watch Begins

The Bells
SPOILERS We've always been promised fire and blood, but not like this.

May the Source Be with You

May Edition
Has it been a month already? Have you missed me as much as I missed you??

Now, Our Watch Begins

The Last of the Starks
SPOILERS! The icy fog has cleared.


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  • Re: A-Ska-Calypse Now

    • Just FYI, the date is incorrect. Thursday, June 13 is the correct date

    • on June 7, 2019
  • Re: A-Ska-Calypse Now

    • My absolute favorite current filmmaker! (Scorcese, move over.)

    • on June 6, 2019
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