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Short Term 12 Demands (And Commands) Your Attention


short121Imagine starting a new job at a foster care facility for at-risk children. On your first day you meet your coworkers and hear some of their stories. One colleague gleefully recounts his embarrassing story of an unfortunate combination of his own bowel trouble and a child that broke free from the compound. Suddenly, a screaming boy bolts from the building behind you.

Your storyteller and his seasoned colleague begrudgingly put their coffee down and tell you to follow. The three of you chase down the maniacal boy and restrain him on the ground until his feverish screaming subsides. When your storyteller’s breathing regulates, he finishes the tale of pants-soiling shame as if nothing extraordinary had just occurred.

This is the magnetic opening scene of Short Term 12, the beautiful, gut-wrenching story of broken kids and previously broken adults trying to come to terms with their pasts. Continue reading

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Finding Carter Needs A New Home


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It’s a nature versus nurture example for the ages. A young girl is told the mother she knows and loves is actually her kidnapper. Upon returning to what is her biological family, which includes a mother, father, twin sister and a younger brother, the girl has trouble adapting because she was happy with her former situation. Does biological loyalty overtake emotional familiarity?

This is the premise for MTV’s new show Finding Carter. Carter (Kathryn Prescott, who looks a bit like Arya Stark in seven years) is abruptly informed of the false life she had been living. The mother she had known abducted her thirteen years prior and now, her biological mother, Elizabeth Wilson (Cynthia Watros from Titus and The Drew Carey Show), brings the teenager home. Continue reading

Snowpiercer Is A Must-See


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Entertainment Weekly released its “Apocalypse Issue” this week with a Mad Max cover and various stories of zombies, plagues and disaster. The slate of apocalyptic, dystopian-future-set films is vast and often interchangeable. One issue that has yet to be exhausted in the last few years, however, is climate change. In comes the environmental warning, culture-meld that is Snowpiercer.

Written and directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host; Memories of Murder) and based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer tackles climate change with fierce bleakness, often glaring at the audience with a stark warning of how carnal life can get in the darkest (and coldest) of hours. Continue reading

Kinsey Pushes Science and Sex


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I recently saw an episode of the late 1950s show Naked City, where the protagonist is invited to witness the execution—by electric chair—of a man he helped imprison. Apart from the startling idea of being invited to witness someone’s death, the mere notion of showing such an episode on television during such a conservative time dumbfounded me. Granted, we only see the reactions of the spectators and not the writhing chaos of the execution. Yet, I still found it amazing something so morbid would be allowed on television, but anything that would even hint at sexuality—particularly female sexuality—faced the wrath of the masses. Continue reading

Django Unchained


Courtesy of badassdigest.com

Courtesy of badassdigest.com

Two recent articles detailed the possibilities of a single universe for all of the Pixar films and all of the Tarantino films. While they are interesting and plausible—in varying degrees—a world with Jamie Foxx’s Django would be incredibly different.

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