The Best Inland Empire Writing (that I have found so far)

One of the great joys of watching great and interesting movies is that it can lead to so much interesting writing. The level of writing that makes you feel like you are experiencing the film in a new way or opens you up to new ideas. The type of writing that inspires you think deeper about what you have watched.

One of the best films to read great writing about is one of my favorites, Inland Empire. With the recent restoration supervised by Lynch himself that has led to limited screenings in theaters and an upcoming new physical disc in 2023 by Criterion, it has become a great time to read about Inland.

This article takes a look at some great new writing on the film but also some interesting things written about the film before the recent restoration. This article will be updated in the future as more great pieces are made about this remarkable film (or I just find other great ones that have already been written). Continue reading The Best Inland Empire Writing (that I have found so far)

Ranking the Paul Schrader Films

There is something terribly wrong with the world, and it is destroying us from the inside out.

Paul Schrader is one of the most interesting and talented auteurs since the 70s. Despite having a clear style, a prolific filmography, and a long record of great works over six decades, he somehow has missed out on the accolades and the financial success that many of his peers have experienced. First Reformed and a morbidly hilarious Facebook account have given him increased success and notoriety in the last chapter of his career. He’s also pretty close to being truly uncancelable so it should be smooth sailings from here on out for him to be remembered as one of the greats.

 

Still need to watchBlue Collar (I know, I know. I’m on it.), Cat People, Light of Day, The Comfort of StrangersWitch HuntThe WalkerDog Eat Dog Continue reading Ranking the Paul Schrader Films

Ranking the Richard Linklater Films

UPDATED: 6/9/2022

ONGOING FLUID PROJECT (ie: to be updated continuously yet sporadically)

Unwatched: It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books, Waking Life, Tape, Fast Food Nation

Films to Re-Watch Before Placement:  A Scanner Darkly

16. Last Flag Flying

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Ben & Matt’s Marvellous Journey – Episode 34: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Ben & Matt continue their Marvel-lous (and never-ending) Journey through the history of the MCU.

Although we’ve come to the end of the road, still I can’t let go, it’s unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you. Wait, that’s something else.

Yes, it’s time to complete the 2021 Volume of the Podcast with a dramatic shift in opinion of Spider-Man: No Way Home. We talk COVID struggles, bad CGI and the grim future of the MCU.

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The Superhero Pantheon: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Jerome and Brian are back discussing more new fresh MCU content. This week, it’s the return of Sam Raimi for the first time in 11 years. Will this new film be embraced or will the mixed reaction be represented instead?

If nothing else, you will find out where America Chavez’s political beliefs lie. Oh, and Jerome yells at Brian to watch Better Call Saul. 

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Ben & Matt’s Marvellous Journey – Episode 32: The Eternals

Ben & Matt continue their Marvel-lous (and never-ending) Journey through the history of the MCU.

It’s only fitting that one of Marvel’s weirdest movies would lead to one of our weirdest episodes as we set out to defend the much-maligned cosmic tale… only to criticise it for an hour. Can Ben argue Harry Styles onto the All-Marvel list? Can Matt convince Ben that Thena’s arc is Actually Good? Let’s find out!

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Ranking the Christopher Nolan Films

“Don’t try to understand it. Feel it.”

Christopher Nolan is a fascinating director. He is perhaps best understood by comparing his first film (Following) and his most recent film, at the time of original publication (Tenet). Both films best capture what he seems to value most in movies: mood & atmosphere. He is not a plot-detailed oriented director. At least, there is little to no evidence to suggest he values that. He cares about the feeling watching a movie gives you. The story of his films is the pull between that desire to pursue focusing on a film’s vibes and Hollywood conventions that focus more on plot and traditional means of characterization. The results have been mixed to say the least but rarely boring. Continue reading Ranking the Christopher Nolan Films

Ben & Matt’s Marvellous Journey – Episode 31: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Ben & Matt continue their Marvel-lous (and never-ending) Journey through the history of the MCU.

Who wants to hear a surprising amount of talk about Iron Fist? Nobody? Well too bad! You also get to hear us gush about Tony Leung and open up the old wounds of Marvel’s third act problem… So there’s that!

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Ben & Matt’s Marvellous Journey – Episode 30: Black Widow

Ben & Matt continue their Marvel-lous (and never-ending) Journey through the history of the MCU.

Black Widow FINALLY came out after extensive Covid-delays but was simply too addicted to drama, giving your hosts a wealth to dig into. Not that there’s much time after all the gushing about Florence Pugh…

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Ranking the Resident Evil Films

The Resident Evil franchise is something I have had my eye on for a long time. I missed them all in the theater, and I am absolutely a Johnny-come-lately when it comes to the greatness of the films and Paul W.S. Anderson. Better late than never (I hope).

But yea, so these films are so much fun and do the #1 most important thing for me when it comes to franchises: each film feels different and unique.

Even with my beloved Fast/Furious and Mission: Impossible franchises, a lot of franchises “figure out” how to make a successful version of what they are doing and then just do it over and over again. Resident Evil mostly avoided that entirely.

Without wasting any more of your time, here is how I have the Resident Evil movies ranked.

6. Apocalypse [2004]

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