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A Regal Double Feature

A Regal Double Feature

"Old" and "Snake Eyes," back to back
It's been so long since I've seen a double feature in the theater that I just had to go for it. I couldn't believe how much I missed running from one auditorium to the next with only a few minutes to spare for the bathroom and a refill of root beer.

The Florida Projects

Zola deconstructs social media and the modern moment
Every once in a while a movie comes out that makes a billion dollars and that critics and audiences both fall in love with, yet I end up hating it with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. A few years ago, that movie was the J.Lo flick "Hustlers," which I found to be a condescending and inauthentic look at sex work that didn't know whether it was a female friendship parable or a cautionary tale about greed.

Spy Game

Marvel's "Black Widow" is too little, too late
As an unapologetic Marvel fanboy, it has been too long since 2019's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" hit theaters. I think I got so used to the Pavlovian response of there being a new Marvel movie in the theater every few months, that when COVID hit and movies stopped coming out for a while, I missed the MCU more than I thought I would.

May the Source Be With You

Your July Edition of what to watch and listen to includes a thought-provoking indigenous podcast, along with "Loki" and "Shadow and Bone"
I'm sitting in a profoundly air-conditioned hotel room overlooking Pilot Butte, a few hours before the fireworks begin on the Fourth of July. Living next door to the starting location of the Freedom Ride means that every Independence Day my home becomes a breeding ground for drunken half-naked revelers looking for somewhere to pee, puke or toss their trash.

Family Ties

Fast and Furious franchise could use an oil change
When I was a kid and the original "The Fast and the Furious" came out, I'm pretty sure I loved it because car chases and explosions were basically what I was after back then. "2 Fast 2 Furious" was so terrible and "Tokyo Drift" was so ridiculous that the franchise became a bit of a laughingstock.

Art House Cinema Survives in Bend

How one of Oregon's smallest theaters weathered the pandemic and came out the other side
COVID-19 affected everyone, human and business alike, completely differently. Bend institutions like Sargent's Cafe and Pilot Butte Drive-In didn't survive the virus, while newer spots like San Simon managed to pivot and thrive.

Personal Journals

Bo Burnham is alone inside
"I don't know about you guys, but, um, you know, I've been thinking recently that...that you know, maybe, um, allowing giant digital media corporations to exploit the neurochemical drama of our children for profit know, maybe that was, uh...a bad call by us. Maybe...maybe the...the flattening of the entire subjective human experience into a...lifeless exchange of value that benefits nobody, except for, um, you know, a handful of bug-eyed salamanders in Silicon Valley...maybe that as a way of life forever...maybe that's, um, not good.

Do the Right Sing

"In the Heights" brings Broadway home
I didn't know this before yesterday, but apparently musicals are an acquired taste. I thought everyone liked musicals.

Never Trust a Demon

The Conjuring series returns Strong...if subdued
I don't like to say that I'm obsessed with "The Conjuring" Universe but...yeah, I've watched most of the movies in the series at least two or three times each and sometimes write fan fiction that's set in the world. I'm even aware that some of the movies in the series are terrible, but that didn't really stop me from watching them entirely more times than they deserved.

May the Source Be With You

June Edition: A prediction for "Sweet Tooth," a comforting podcast from "Frasier"
Happy beginnings of summer, everyone. Now that blockbusters are starting to hit movie theaters again and people are actually going to them (sorry "Tenet"), it feels like things are getting back to normal more than ever.

The Snyder Cult

"Army of the Dead" mixes zombies and guns
I keep thinking I'll eventually get sick of zombie movies, but it just never happens. Don't get me wrong: I'm fully aware that most of them are terrible, but even the worst zombie movie usually has a moment or two worth watching.


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