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The 25 Best Films of the Century (So Far)

JUST KEEP LISTING

by Bennett Campbell Ferguson

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On June 9, 2017, New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott unveiled their list of the 25 best films of the twenty-first century so far. The article was an absurdity—and both Ms. Dargis and Mr. Scott knew it. It was no secret that the piece was primarily engineered to lure traffic to the paper’s website, while highlighting films that the two critics perceived to be obscure cinematic treasures.

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Podcast: “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood” review

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Bennett Campbell Ferguson and Hannah Dawson discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of Quentin Tarantino’s new film.

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Podcast: “Police Story”/”Police Story 2” DVD review

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Amelia Eichler, Bennett Campbell Ferguson, and Mo Shaunette discuss the Criterion release of Jackie Chan’s legendary action films.

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Podcast: “Late Night” (2019) review

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Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Maxwell Meyers, and Mo Shaunette discuss Mindy Kaling’s comedy.

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Podcast: The Best (And Worst) Product Placement In Movies

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Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Jim Newman, and Geoff Wallace discuss the best and worst examples of product placement in movies.

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“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” review

BAD TIMES AT THE CONTINENTAL HOTEL

by Mo Shaunette

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There is such a thing as “spectacle creep”: the idea any successive work of fiction must somehow outdo what came before it in terms of pageantry and production. It’s a phenomenon that emphasizes grandeur over character and emotion—the foundations of any worthwhile story. But what happens when spectacle creep occurs in a series that actively prides itself on a lack of story?

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“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” review

AN ELECTRIC TALE

by Mo Shaunette

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The most infuriating thing about “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is the timing of its release. I’m not talking about the fact that it’s a summer movie—I’m talking about the fact that it was released in this, the year of our Lord, 2019. Today, I’m a jaded, anxiety-ridden adult. I am not the prime demographic for this movie, whereas if it had come out 20 years ago, I would have LOST. MY. SHIT.

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2 “Avengers: Endgame” Podcasts

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Bennett Campbell Ferguson and Maxwell Meyers discuss the climactic chapter in the “Avengers” saga.

 

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Hannah Dawson, Bennett Campbell Ferguson, and Geoff Wallace discuss the appeal of the superhero genre and how it became ingrained in pop culture.

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Bennett Campbell Ferguson’s Top 11 Favorite Films of 2018

LOOKING TO THE BIG SCREEN—AND BEYOND

by Bennett Campbell Ferguson

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The first movie that I picked as my favorite of a given year was Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2.” It was 2004, I was 13 years old, and while I couldn’t yet explain the thrill of placing a single film at the top of a list, I could feel it. To declare a movie “the best” is to reveal something about you—what you believe in, what you’re thrilled by, what you yearn for.

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