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Movie Review: Keanu

Movie Review: Keanu

After making a name for themselves on the Fox sketch comedy series Mad TV, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele broke out on their own in the critically acclaimed series Key & Peele. For five seasons, the two took on issues from a uniquely ridiculous and insightful perspective. For their first big screen collaboration, Key and Peele opted for full-on surrealism. Keanu is the tale of a recently dumped sad sack named Rell (Peele). Initially unable to move on, Rell finds new meaning in his life when he comes across an adorable kitten on his doorstep, the titular Keanu. Rell quickly bonds with the cat and delights in his little...

HBO Films: All the Way – Review

HBO Films: All the Way – Review

Much like Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln, HBO’s adaptation of the Broadway hit play All the Way focuses on the role a President plays in the advancement and expansion of human rights. It is a role often caught between the tide of human progress and the regressive Old Guard. How much can one person do, given the checks in the system? What is the best approach to push forward a party’s agenda? Films like Lincoln and All the Way highlight the struggle between the radicals and the moderates within a party, often chiding the latter for their impatience and lack of tact and pragmatism. Here, the President is Lyndon Baines...

VINYL: “Cyclone”

VINYL: “Cyclone”

  Going into Episode 6 of Vinyl, I had already decided that I liked the series (If you need to catch up, here is the previous episode). In fact, I had decided that I liked it a lot. After Episode 6, I’m wondering if I had been underestimating its intelligence all along. As a die-hard David Bowie fan, I had been looking forward to his appearance on Vinyl. I do not know why Scorsese and company chose to set the series in 1973. I suspect it had more to do with the New York Dolls than anything else. Nevertheless, the setting immediately brought to my mind to the fact that the show would be set during the very brief existence of Ziggy...

Movie Review: Spy

Movie Review: Spy

One of the most pleasant surprises in 2015 was the release of Spy, a Paul Feig comedy starring Melissa McCarthy. The two had collaborated before on 2011’s Bridesmaids, and their new outing did not disappoint. Susan Cooper (McCarthy) works from a desk at CIA headquarters, guiding master spy Bradley Fine (Jude Law) through dangerous missions on the field. Though she is critical to the success of his missions, assisting him through his earpiece on her vast computer network, her contributions are largely overlooked. Bradley is fond of Susan, but he’s clearly oblivious to the fact that she has a crush on him. Eventually, and much to...

VINYL: “Yesterday Once Again”

VINYL: “Yesterday Once Again”

It’s hard to top the opening scene of Vinyl‘s pilot episode. It captured the reason the show exists: the visceral love people can feel for music. If you don’t open yourself to being moved by music, you can’t really “get” a series like Vinyl. One can look down on art as a calling because it is a luxury: we do not NEED art to survive…yet, for many of us, art makes life worth living. This is the crossroads where protagonist Richie Finestra finds himself. He LOVES music; he built a career on the thing he loves most. But it is a career, and people depend on his ability to sell art. After his epiphany in...

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