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Film Culture and Everyday Nostalgia

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A refreshing look at memory and its meaning “Every Day” features Colin Ford as Xavier and Angourie Rice as Rhiannon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Disclaimer: This is not a review of either “Every Day” or “Nostalgia.” Instead, I’m responding to the need to explore what these two narratives made me think about and feel on some […]

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“Black Panther” is a revolution

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Ryan Coogler captures the conflicted spirit of a hero as leader Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, otherwise known as Black Panther By T.T. Stern-Enzi Adaptation  versus  evolution, that is the question at the heart of the narrative of Marvel’s Black Panther film. Logic would seem to dictate that Ryan Coogler’s movie, which kicks off the 10th […]

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Story matters as much as kink

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“Fifty Shades Freed” learned nothing from “Damage” Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) steels herself for yet another punishment in “Fifty Shades Freed.” By T.T. Stern-Enzi In the beginning, it was easy to drop comparisons between the emerging “Fifty Shades” franchise and movies like Adrian Lyne’s steamy romantic drama “9-1/2 Weeks.” I was a huge fan of the […]

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Not the usual heat in this “Den of Thieves”

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Entertaining, if not always wholly original, crime drama Gerard Butler in “Den of Thieves” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Power plays rule hockey, but they also dominate the outcome in the heist genre, which, in terms of film narratives, is the very definition of blood sport. Standing at the top of my all-time list is Michael Mann’s […]

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Love takes shape in “Call Me By Your Name”

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Director Luca Guadagnino captures a life-defining moment in rich detail Timothée Chalamet (left) and Armie Hammer star in the slow-burn love story “Call Me By Your Name” By T.T. Stern-Enzi There is no way I could begin a review of Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” without owning up to my appreciation for “I […]

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Does the ‘Last Key’ close the door in the ‘Insidious’ franchise?

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The fight against the paranormal gets personal By T.T. Stern-Enzi Creators of hit franchises never know, at the very beginning, what elements will work, so decisions are made that sometimes can’t be altered without complex tinkering that defies the internal logic and mythology they are attempting to bake into their narrative worlds.  When working in […]

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The high stakes of “Molly’s Game”

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When gambling on talent isn’t that much of a gamble at all Jessica Chastain (left) plays Molly Bloom in her new drama with Idris Elba (right) By T.T. Sterns-Enzi We’ve never seen a protagonist quite like Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), because screenwriter-director, Aaron Sorkin has never written for a female character like this. Of course, […]

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The 2017 rules of accountability in Hollywood

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Has the industry’s handling of inappropriate behavior changed (for the better)? Kevin Spacey (left) in his most recent film ‘Baby Driver’ with Jamie Foxx (right) By T.T. Sterns-Enzi For whom does the bell of accountability toll in the film industry? For the agents, managers, producers, directors, and actors, it would seem, and possibly beyond the […]

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“Downsizing” white male privilege

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I’m not sure this was the intention Matt Damon (left) and Jason Sudeikis (right) in new comedy ‘Downsizing’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi   This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was likely a bit of a slog for Matt Damon. At the very least, I can say it was difficult for me to watch his pair of […]

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Finding brilliance in ‘The Disaster Artist’

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Brothers James and Dave Franco form a creative partnership onscreen Photo: Dave Franco (left) and brother James Franco (right) in their new movie ‘The Disaster Artist’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi How do you tell the story of the “best worst film of all time” without getting lost in the meta aspects of the production? Things can go […]

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‘Loving Vincent’ is an ode to creative expression

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A true merger of art and multiple forms used to transform biographical facts Photo: Vincent van Gogh and his paintings come to life in new movie ‘Loving Vincent’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Regular readers are  probably familiar with my bias against animated features. I am firmly and decidedly against the prevailing notion that we need more […]

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A charming third time

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ makes the end of the world fun Photo: Chris Hemsworth as Thor in his newest movie By T.T. Stern-Enzi From the start, I’ve had problems with how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has handled the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth). The brain trust at the new comic book studio somehow dared to raise questions […]

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Socio-political reflections from the big screen

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A pair of new releases speak to life in these trying times Photo: Left: Jigsaw from the Saw series. Right: Will Tilston as Christopher Robin and Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne. By T.T. Stern-Enzi Reflective parallels appear  in some of the most unlikely places and faces. We have come to expect refraction, a splintering of […]

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‘Suburbicon’ kills its pulpy roots with epic misfire

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George Clooney stirs up a hornet’s nest of racial animus for no good reason Photo: Matt Damon (left) with Noah Jupe (right) in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ By T.T. Stern Enzi Lexington, Kentucky  native and multi-hyphenate, George Clooney, (Academy Award-nominated writer and director of “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and Best Supporting Actor winner for “Syriana”, […]

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The White House crumbles in ‘Mark Felt’ biopic

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 Peter Landesman assumes the role of chief historian again Photo: Liam Neeson plays FBI agent Mark Felt in his latest film “Mark Felt: The Man Who Took Down the White House” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Writer-director   Peter Landesman has an undeniable fascination with the stories behind the landmark headlines of our times. The filmmaker, who […]

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Stars elevate ‘The Mountain Between Us’

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Hany Abu-Assad brings this Charles Martin adult fairy tale to life Photo: Idris Elba (left) and Kate Winslet (right) survive together in ‘The Mountain Between Us’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Idris Elba has not officially been dubbed Sexiest Man Alive, by People magazine, but he’s been mentioned in the hallowed company of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, […]

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