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“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” review

BAD TIMES AT THE CONTINENTAL HOTEL

by Mo Shaunette

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Image via Lionsgate

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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Image via Warner Bros. and Legendary

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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Podcast: Jordan Peele’s “Us” (2019) Reviewed and Explained

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Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Maxwell Meyers, and Mo Shaunette discuss Jordan Peele’s new horror film.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige is Running for President

OSCAR-NOMINATED PRODUCER SAYS “I’M IN”

by Bennett Campbell Ferguson

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Kevin Feige—the producer who has been the driving force behind the films of Marvel Studios for over a decade—announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. “I am beyond excited for this once-in-a-generation opportunity to serve my country,” Mr. Feige said in a statement. “I look forward to reviving this great nation with ours with a, pun-intended, Marvel-ous agenda.”

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Mo Shaunette’s Favorite (And Least Favorite) Films of 2018

2018 IN REVIEW: THE WAKANDA MOMENT

by Mo Shaunette

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Image via Sony Pictures Animation

Another 12 months have passed us by and I’m just feeling…tired. I’m so flippin’ tired, you guys.

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Podcast: The Best Movies of 2018

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Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Maxwell Meyers, Jim Newman, and Mo Shaunette discuss their favorites.

“Fyre Fraud”/”Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” review

FEAR AND LOATHING IN THE BAHAMAS: A SAVAGE JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE MILLENNIAL DREAM

by Mo Shaunette

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The Fyre Festival was something of the perfect disaster: an event built almost entirely on hype that flopped spectacularly and publicly. It’s a spectacle that demands to be analyzed, which has led to two documentaries being released within a week of each other that attempt to unravel the whole sordid affair: “Fyre Fraud” on Hulu and “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” on Netflix. I watched them both back-to-back and while they cover the same territory, they do so from different angles and come away with distinct results.

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