‘Okja’ Comfortably Sets the Bar for All Netflix Original Films to Come

Originally published June 30th, 2017 on thedistantcloseup.com Here it is, ladies and gentlemen; the film that most of us only had to wait one more month for. It feels strange calling Bong Joon-ho’s Okja a controversial picture when the controversy had nothing to do with the film’s content, but rather the name attached to its distribution. The […]

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‘Baby Driver’ Vivaciously, Relentlessly Pedals to the Metal (& Punk, Rock, Blues, Soul, Pop, Rap…)

Originally published June 28th, 2017 on thedistantcloseup.com Certain films we run across in our lives are those that make us conjure the oft-thought fantasy, “I wish my life were like a movie.” Baby Driver is the next entry in Edgar Wright’s filmography that will wind up being that movie for many people, regardless of age bracket. Not […]

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’47 Meters Down,’ There’s Only Toothless Terror and Wasted Breath

Originally posted June 26th, 2017 on thedistantcloseup.com I certainly wasn’t allowed to watch most R-rated films growing up, but with adult supervision, my parents did allow a couple of distinctly memorable choices: 1999’s killer animal features Lake Placid and Deep Blue Sea. Aside from the abnormally large crocodile that Lake Placid’s protagonists decide not to kill and tranquilize instead […]

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Is… (Sigh) Everything You Think It Is. Again. Can We Just Stop?

Originally published June 23rd, 2017 on thedistantcloseup.com One decade after the franchise began, five films later, mocking and criticizing the Transformers series is almost easily moot point no matter how eloquently you conceive your prose as opposed to the next detractor. Just as director Michael Bay has been making the same film over and over, so too […]

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Stupefying, Bewildering, Unfathomable; ‘The Book of Henry’ Encompasses It All and More in the Worst Way

Originally published June 21st, 2017 on thedistantcloseup.com When I saw The Circle around two months ago, I kept thinking to myself how I couldn’t remember watching another film that shocked me in being so profoundly terrible, and that the next time I did, I’d have a comparable for this particular phenomenon. Not only did finding the next […]

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‘All Eyez on Me’ Can’t Put Its Best Foot Forward, Let Alone Stand Up to Tupac’s Legacy

Originally posted June 19th, 2017 on thedistantcloseup.com It’s almost fascinating, especially in today’s age of more readily available information, that creators of biographical dramas still sometimes include historical inaccuracies, often as integral plot points or poetic, character-defining moments. Surely they must know what they’re doing and that they risk the story of their chosen subject’s credibility, […]

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