'Offseason' Review: Heavy Is the Island That Wears the Curse

A well-known horror trope no-no is not to accept a sudden invitation to go somewhere remote. In immediate family affairs, this may be hard to resist. Offseason begins with Marie (Jocelin Donahue) receiving news via a letter that her deceased mother’s grave site has been vandalized. With her boyfriend, George (Joe Swanberg), they drive to an eerie and abundantly foggy Florida island. Of course, things aren’t what they seem. At first, a lone bridge man (Richard Brake) won’t let them on the island,

'Obi-Wan Kenobi's Chapter Four Rescue Mission Hits A Slight Snag

Check out our previous reviews of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series here. When we left Chapter Three, Obi-Wan was worse for wear because of the torture he experienced in his fight with Darth Vader. Reva also presumably captures Leia — if this feels a little familiar, it should because it’s the premise for Chapter Two. Also mirroring the episode length, Chapter Four is another rescue mission for Obi-Wan to take Leia from the clutches of evil yet again. This time, however, he has a fire in his soul again

'Ms. Marvel' Series Premiere Review

Sometimes, you want to have fun as a superhero, you know? The MCU has been wading in the heavy undercurrent of grief and trauma as we revisit the remaining characters post-blip. But on the other side, a new generation of characters is emerging, forever inspired by their battles. In the Hawkeye series, Kate Bishop found her hero in Clint, seeing the Battle of New York. It’s a similar track for Pakistani-American Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) and her admiration for Captain Marvel — the opening minute

Sorry! We Missed It:' Morbius' Impedes Sony's Spider Momentum

Sorry! We Missed It is a new Substream column where we’ll be looking at some movies and television shows from the beginning of the year. Life happens, you know? So, sit back and play some catch-up with us. Making a shared universe between two movie studios is extremely hard. All the story pieces have to be in the right place, and creatives must be on the same page. Disney and Sony’s joint agreement to include Spider-Man in the MCU has proven to be a fruitful and profitable union. But that doesn

'Hustle' Review: Sandler and Hernangómez Pair Up For An Familiar and Entertaining Sports Drama

Sports fans love a good underdog story, especially with the medium of film — from the misfit teams of The Big Green and Little Giants to rugged club-fighter turned champion in the Rocky series. Hustle has similar Philadelphia DNA as it’s based around long-time NBA scout Stanley Sugerman (Adam Sandler) as he works for the Sixers traveling to every part of the globe looking for the next star. But Stanley is working to the bone to find the next potential NBA star; he dreams of becoming an assistant

'Obi-Wan Kenobi's' Third Episode Has Our Hero Face His Worst Nightmare

Check out our previous reviews of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series here. The fear and trepidation in Obi-Wan’s eyes once he finds out Anakin is alive is a theme that presides over ‘Chapter III.’ While I was surprised that we got to the Darth Vader piece of the piece this quickly, it was a pleasant surprise for a show which has been setting the stage for a battle (or a couple). Vader (with a returning James Earl Jones to voice/Hayden Christensen on screen) is every bit of the boogeyman Obi-Wan makes hi

'Obi-Wan Kenobi': Second Chapter Review

Check out our review of the first episode here. An aspect of Star Wars shows I wanted to be expanded on is going to different planets we’ve seen in a live-action capacity. ‘Part II’ lets the audience briefly see Daiyu, where Obi-Wan is on a search mission to save Princess Leia from Nokru’s (Flea) gang. Daiyu is not the safest place to be — especially if you’re a wanted Jedi being sought after by a group of inquisitors. The episode doesn’t overstay what it’s supposed to achieve — while adding so

'Obi-Wan Kenobi's Premiere Shows A Defeated and War Torn Obi-Wan Searching For A New Hope

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker undergoes his total transformation, falling to the ways of the dark side. One of the last moments he has with old friend, mentor, and now advisory Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is with the redness of evil in his eyes as he screams, “I hate you!” That soundbite is almost like a metaphorical earthquake ripped through the Jedi Order. The “chosen one” (at the time) has betrayed the prophecy, and Order 66 is a genocide ordered by Darth Sidious — it

Director Carey Williams and Writer K.D. Dávila Discuss 'Emergency' and Adding Social Commentary to the Buddy Comedy Genre

When you have a recent coming-of-age buddy comedy film, they usually have the following elements. A group of friends typically predicate all their social hopes and dreams on doing the impossible (and most times, illegal) for one night. In that period, they argue, discover traits about themselves they didn’t know beforehand and then venture triumphantly into the sunrise of the next day. Director Carey Williams and writer K.D. Dávila follows some of those themes in Emergency; their 2018 award-winn

'Men' Review: Alex Garland's New Feature Shows the Everyday Monsters of Misogyny Are the Ones To Fear the Most

Harper (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip up the English countryside to a beautiful 500-year-old estate for some much-needed relaxation and solitude. The landscape is lush, full of beautiful foliage, where one can disappear from their problems entirely. From the glimpse of the first frames of Alex Garland’s Men, you see a tragedy has happened and find out that Harper is a widow. The circumstances of this get elaborated on more as the film goes on, but while Garland plays with the abstract, Men h

'Pleasure' Review: Bright Lights, Big Ambitions, and Heavy Costs

When we first meet Linnéa (Sofia Kappel), a 20-year-old Swedish girl with dreams of stardom, she’s at an airport in Los Angeles coming into the United States for the first time. Linnéa describes her native Sweden as “boring” later in the film. When the TSA agent questions her, he asks, “are you here for business or pleasure?” Linnéa’s choice of ‘pleasure’ sets up the crux of director/writer Ninja Thyberg’s film. On the surface level, people may view the porn industry as just a structure where pe

'The Innocents' Review: Growing Up Is Hard Enough, But Powers Can Make Things More Complicated

At a point and time during our childhoods, we wondered how it would be to have a superpower. We played with our friends, specifying which we had and the parameters everyone could operate within. Man, it was fun to pretend to fly or move things with your mind — it was all so innocent. But superpowers are subject to being molded by various aspects of human emotion. In cinema, we’ve been provided many instances of how this can manifest in films like Chronicle or the MCU/DCEU. Director Eskil Vogt pl

'Firestarter Review': The Remake's Flame Doesn't Get Enough Time To Grow Into the Entertaining Fire It Could Be

It’s no secret that Stephen King’s novels and horror on the big and small screens have had varying degrees of success — even with various adaptations of the same stories. Look at Carrie, It, The Shining, and The Stand — sometimes, the visual example builds upon the lore of the tales, and others, don’t get quite get things right. King’s 1980 novel, Firestarter, a story about a little girl discovering her power of pyrokinesis while her family is on the run from a shady government entity, received

'Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness' Review: Raimi's Style Pulls the MCU Out of It's Sandbox Just Enough

A post-Endgame MCU has left many heroes broken, beaten, and scared. While most Phase Four stories have zeroed in on the ramifications of anguish, Loki, What If?, and Spider-Man: No Way Home have opened our eyes to multiverses, variants, and alternate timelines. Boasting a name like ‘Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness,’ it sets up an expectation to be an exploratory measure that would overload our senses. Who is itching to play in the MCU’s curated sandbox with all these worlds and prope

Moon Knight Ep #6 Review: You Always Have A Choice

Keep up with our reviews for the entire series of Moon Knight here. Moon Knight‘s series (maybe) finale, “Gods and Monsters,” had all of its pertinent issues laid out in front of it. Harrow has nothing stopping him from freeing Ammit and unleashing preemptive judgment upon the world. Somehow, Layla has to figure out a way to prevent this from happening, and Marc’s soul is in a place of eternal peace. Easy enough, right? There was no way that Marc/Stephen would sit on the sidelines, but it was n

Netflix's Woes and The Death of a Thousand Shows

Have you sat down, opened up your Netflix app, and had some content overload? Well, I bet you are not alone. Every week, there’s an endless stream of shows and movies at your disposal. For every Bridgerton and Stranger Things, it’s doubled by the amount of true-crime documentaries and dating shows. While the mega-streaming platform has had some financial woes lately, which led to the shuttering of its editorial vertical, Tudum, and many talented journalists losing jobs, there are many issues. Th

'Hatching' Review: Perfectionism, Image, and Perils of Adolescence Combine To Make A Hellish Mix

Social media places excessive pressure on us to give off an essence of perfection to the world. No bad days, slip-ups, or follies allowed! For a Finnish family of four, that’s precisely what they are going for with their blog, ‘Lovely Everyday Life.’ From a distance, their house is spotless and vibrant, the marriage looks like a textbook union, and the two children look as happy as possible. However, behind the neat outfits and camera filters, the family struggles to hold up the facade — an alle

Moon Knight Ep #5 Review: Marc, This Is Your Life

Keep up with our reviews for the entire series of Moon Knight here. Spoilers for the fifth episode are ahead! The MCU’s phase four has been mainly about exploring the manifestation of grief. With WandaVision, the show dealt with Wanda’s shattered dreams of settling down with Vision and having a home together. Hawkeye peered into Clint’s guilt over Natasha’s sacrifice and how he didn’t want that life for Kate Bishop. Falcon and the Winter Soldier dealt with the ramifications of ‘the blip’ and h

Moon Knight Ep #3 Review: At the Mercy of the Gods

Keep up with our reviews for the entire series of Moon Knight here. “It’s a hard thing, exhuming the pain of the past. It’s easy to get stuck — fixated on what’s hurt us.” “The Friendly Type” changes settings and moves the story to Egypt, where things will get unearthed physically and mentally. Arthur is hunting for Ammit’s tomb, Marc, who is solely in control, goes to stop him, and Layla heads there to help Marc. Layla’s motivations are more fleshed out than in her introduction during “Summon

Moon Knight Ep #2 Review: A Past Life and A Conversation About Judgement Add More Questions To Answer

Keep up with our reviews for the entire series of Moon Knight here. The conversation between Steven and Arthur in “Summon the Suit” is essential for a couple of reasons. If you had the power to stop evil before as a preemptive measure, would you — even if that means interrupting free will? Thanos had the same warped, murderous mission expressed in Infinity War and Endgame, wiping out half of life in the universe because of a lack of resources. Stephen/Marc, and Arthur are avatars for two gods o
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