One of art’s main goals is to elicit a reaction from its audience. In those terms, Back Roads is quite the success. It is a heart-wrenching film that skillfully shows the bleakness and hopelessness of the Altmyer family’s downward spiral. But looking past the story and the better performances, there are a lot of faults that come with the film. For those who love movies that will slowly tear your heart out, and even those who just want a powerful cinematic experience, Back Roads is recommendable. Just be willing to look over quite a bit.
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The short film is a time-honored genre. Sometimes informative, sometimes thrilling, and sometimes absolutely mind-boggling, the short film is a place where documentarians, animators, and storytellers can experiment and hone their craft on a smaller scale.
Heartland Film Festival: ‘God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut’ is a dull documentary about a delightful dude
‘God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut’ is a disappointing documentary. This film reaffirms the idea that Kurt Vonnegut was a really cool guy, interacting with the world around him in a way that few other people do. His overwhelming positivity about other people becomes sort of infectious during the film, even oddly inspirational. Yet, the documentary constructed around him is amateurish and aimless. Vonnegut is amazing, this film is not. And so it goes.
'Alaska is A Drag' may be a unique film in it’s premise, but it’s familiar in a feel-good kind of way; it’s a clever take on the sports film genre. It’s also just a feel-good movie in general: it’s lovable, sometimes dark sense of humor is very enjoyable and the leads are an absolute joy to watch. And at the core of 'Alaska' is an inspiring story for all those people who don’t fit in and have dreams bigger than their small town.
‘Nathan’s Kingdom’ is a gritty, real film that tackles familial relationships involving a complex mental condition in a way that very few films are willing to stomach. It’s tough to watch at times (sometimes unintentionally so), but the hardships make the triumphs all the more worth it. It really is a beautiful journey to watch all the way through, with an extremely satisfying and tear-jerking ending. This film is a must-watch for anyone looking for a heart-warming story about such a tough subject matter.
'93Queen' showcases the determination and accomplishments of women in the Hasidic community in a respectful, authentic way. The film makes the process of establishing Ezras Nashim's credibility the struggles faced along the way rewarding and emotional. The filmmaking and editing is smooth and engaging adding to the film's appeal.
It has been exactly one year and 30 days since I spoke to my first abuser.
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will officially sit on the Supreme Court as confirmed in the 50-48 vote by the United States Senate.
In this week's episode of How It's Played, we are discussing cross-platform gaming. Sony finally caved to allowing cross-platform gaming in Fortnite. What does this mean for the gaming community? What all does cross-platform entail? All of this and more on this week's episode of How It's Played.
All throughout high school, I questioned my capacity to survive in the college world.
I grew up in a town about 20 minutes south of Indianapolis in Greenwood, Indiana. I went to Center Grove High School. According to the U.S. News and World Report, the diversity rate there as of the 2015-2016 school year, the year I graduated, was 11 percent.
‘The House with A Clock in Its Walls’ is a spooktacular Spielberg throwback marred by some iffy effects and poorly-done punch-up. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett absolutely steal the show with a surprising amount of chemistry, the latter adding a necessary sense of heart that the main narrative tries to pull off (to mixed results). Darker than your average Autumn family flick, it makes for a perfect matinee and a potential staple of yearly cable Halloween movie marathons for years to come. Not as well-wound as it should have been, but even a broken clock can still get the time right if the conditions are favorable.
‘Dragalia Lost’ is everything great about JRPG’s combined with everything horrible about mobile games. The characters and art-style are both wonderful, and the gameplay itself is fun and addictive. However, the game is bogged down by a sub-optimal control scheme and horrendous progression that walls you the moment you really start getting into the game. It’s definitely worth a try, but once it starts demanding cash, tell it to get lost.
“Pilot” serves its purpose to establish the procedural nature of ‘God Friended Me.’ The episode itself, however, doesn’t give confidence that this series will have a long lifespan. Somewhere buried underneath all of the cringey dialogue, terrible acting, contrived plot points, there’s a solid core that has potential to make an interesting show discussing religion and social media. That, however, would be too complex and unique for a primetime CBS show. It may be fun to watch as something fascinatingly bad, but that doesn’t actually make it good.
Much like the first album of their first trilogy, "iridescence" sounds like a solid blueprint that will polished with the following albums. The blemishes are visible, but the bigger picture is so wonderful that those blemishes are (mostly) excused because the possibility for improvement is pretty much guaranteed. How could a group that shows as much talent as Brockhampton not have the ability to improve? But as it is, without thinking of the follow-ups, "iridescence" still captures the magic of the original "Saturation" trilogy and stands as one of 2018’s most inventive hip hop records in a year that has brought us a lot of amazing hip hop.
All in all, 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' is a fun experience and the perfect ending for Lara Croft’s origins. The great story is aided by Croft’s character development and Luddington’s performance. Stale gameplay is enhanced by a stealth component and there’s plenty of side content to spare. It’s a fine and fun wrap up for the trilogy.
‘Twisted Crystal’ finds Guerilla Toss at their most experimental yet also at their most interesting. They create a truly unique album where every song is worth listening to. Every song can offer something different to people who like different genres of music. Guerilla Toss leaves the listener with a sense of wonder and discovery.
Here’s what you do: go to Track 10 on Brockhampton’s newest album “Iridescence,” press play on a little number entitled “J’OUVERT" and tell me that the self-proclaimed “America’s hardest working boyband” has run out of things to say.
These past few weeks I hadn’t realized September was Hispanic Heritage Month. I felt awful, having forgotten this month was the month to celebrate my culture.
“You are pretty for a dark skin girl” is the bane of my existence.