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Scorsese’s The Irishman Is Not Your Daddy’s Gangster Movie

Scorsese’s The Irishman could be his last venture into the gangster genre, and he leaves us with something entirely new, and very un-Scorsese.   The marketing for The Irishman would have you believe you are in for a certain kind of experience, whereas the actual film treats you to an entirely different one. I guess this ... Read the full article
The Lesser Column

The Lesser Column covers a broad spectrum of content. With a focus on film, we also publish reviews of music, books, TV shows, live theatre, and stand-up comedy, as well as occasional pieces of social and cultural commentary. Our reviews don’t give star ratings or "thumbs up/down" and come from a more personal perspective – why what’s on display affected us in the way it did, why it’s good or otherwise, how it fits in a broader cultural context. Here is where you come for informed opinion and analysis. People are often very selective about how and where they find themselves entertained, so we’re offering reasons why you should see, read, hear, and experience something beyond simply what it’s about.

Film Review: Motherless Brooklyn

Jason Arment reviews the film Motherless Brooklyn, written (screenplay adaptation), produced, directed by and starring Edward Norton. (Warner Bros. Pictures) 

The Rise of Skywalker Will Close a Half-Century of Storytelling (and We Can’t Wait)

This December, the Skywalker saga is set to finish what began in 1977. Half fan-service, half new ground, I can’t wait, frankly.

Joker: What Mainstream Critics Miss & Why They Miss It

Jason Arment examines the movie Joker and illustrates what mainstream critics failed to see, or at least what they failed to connect as current, real-world events.

Film Reviews: Knife+Heart versus Equation to An Unknown

Jason Arment reviews Knife+Heart (2018), seen in tandem with Equation to An Unknown (1980), both French films involving gay pornography. (Altered Innocence)

Tigers Are Not Afraid Brings Magical Realism to Tragedy

Jason Arment reviews Tigers Are Not Afraid, a Spanish-language horror mystery film directed by Issa López. (Filmadora Nacional Peligrosa)

A Stalking Horse Vehicle for John Travolta and Fred Durst

Jason Arment reviews The Fanatic, a psychological thriller directed by Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst and starring John Travolta. (Quiver Distribution)

Ready or Not for a Fun Horror Film

Jason Arment reviews Ready or Not, a black comedy horror film about a newlywed swept up in her new family’s wedding ritual. (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

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