Author: Nicole Frangos

Feels like the first time: The timelessness of Some Like It Hot

Many films we rewatch as adults are muddied by the nostalgia of youth. Movies you enjoyed in the late ’80s can age terribly — rewatching these beloved works years later can be disheartening. Some jokes fail the test of time, effects age poorly and what was once edgy can be terribly trite by today’s standards. Then there are movies we rewatch for years that comfort us, bringing us back to simpler times. For some, Pee Wee Herman movies are incessantly rewatchable for this exact reason, as well as some of John Hughes’s efforts. And then there are those that...

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Review: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film and his first official foray into Western territory. The film’s events take place during a brutal blizzard in Wyoming a few years after the American Civil War. Bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) is rushing toward Red Rock, Wyoming, to collect pay for his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Along the way he encounters another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and the supposed sheriff of Red Rock (Walton Goggins). The party seeks shelter from the storm at a stagecoach stopover where they meet four strangers who are also waiting out...

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Review: Sisters

When their parents decide to sell their Orlando home and move into an “adult community,” sisters Kate (Tina Fey) and Maura (Amy Poehler) are not happy. To the Ellis sisters, the house is an emblem of their family and the source of many happy memories—and for the unemployed, homeless Kate, it’s where she planned on living with her daughter. While cleaning out their childhood bedrooms, Kate and Maura decide to throw one more epic house party. If all goes to plan, the sisters will successfully relive their fleeting youth, get the straight-laced Maura laid, and potentially thwart the buyer’s plans. The...

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Women in the male-driven comedy (Or: Can you really teach a man-child to change?)

There is a scene in Ted (2012), which, three years after watching it, still sticks out. In it, Mark Wahlberg’s anthropomorphic teddy bear hosts some prostitutes at Wahlberg’s apartment and one of the working girls defecates on the floor. Cue the next scene, in which Mila Kunis (Wahlberg’s live-in girlfriend) picks up the shit while Mark Wahlberg screams in a corner. And with that, we have the literal representation of a one-dimensional female character putting up with an overgrown man-child’s crap. I loved Ted when I first saw it. I thought it was a funny movie, and it worked for me, especially as...

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Review: The Reflektor Tapes

The Reflektor Tapes is a documentary that explores Arcade Fire’s critically-acclaimed fourth album “Reflektor.” The film takes viewers on a sonic journey that follows the album’s origins in Jamaica, its Montreal recording sessions, and its ultimate fruition in Haiti, before it exploded into an international sensation. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, the film is an intimate and extremely visual experience that relies heavily on the band’s music. This documentary is basically a little over an hour’s worth of concert footage interspersed and juxtaposed with footage from the band’s recording sessions and lots of local Haitian moments. The 11-minute opening sequence is an extended music...

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What is an Indigenous film?

Film “ownership” usually lies in the director’s hands, no matter how many people are involved in the creation. Pulp Fiction (1994) will always be “A Quentin Tarantino Film”; Malcolm X (1992) is forever “A Spike Lee Joint.” David Cronenberg’s 1986 film The Fly (based upon a story by a British writer) was co-written by Cronenberg and another American writer. However, because it was directed by a Canadian and received Canadian funding, it’s a Canadian film. Because of this intrinsic connection between director and film, we can also say that any film directed by an indigenous person is “an indigenous...

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Review: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to examine the Black Panther Party. It begins in 1966 with the founding of the party and travels to 1982 when the party disbands. Using a mixture of archive footage and interviews, director Stanley Nelson Jr. sheds light on this often misunderstood movement and its revolutionary members. The film focuses on Black Panther founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, as well as other key figures including Eldridge Cleaver and Fred Hampton. The documentary is a fundamental introduction to the Black Panthers and it highlights important moments...

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