The Force is Strong with This One (Really!) – In Defense of The Phantom Menace

Star Wars

1999 is remembered for many things in film: the passing of one of cinema’s legendary storytellers in Stanley Kubrick. The ascension of Paul Thomas Anderson via his multi-layered drama Magnolia. Two sibling writer-directors flipping the script on what science fiction (and to a larger extent, film in general) could be with The Matrix. It was also the […]

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Pokemon: The Cash Grab (Or How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too!)


Ah, the late Nineties: A hell of a time to be around and young. Bill Clinton was in the midst of impeachment hearing about lying under oath about an extramarital affair with a secretary. The anxiety of an entire generation leading up to a new millennium. The New York Yankees and Michael Jordan dominating the […]

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Casino: Same Old Song & Dance?


In the hands of almost any other filmmaker, Casino would be a considered a watermark in that person’s career. Critics and film nuts (such as the very fine folks here at Filmotomy) would still be talking about the fantastic performances of Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci, two wiseguys hired by the midwest mafia to run […]

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Indiana Jones and His Greatest Hits

I came across the exploits of Indiana Jones in 2008 in the form of the fourth installment of the series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I was 18 at the time, and decided that I could pay $7.50 for a movie ticket, another 15 dollars on a medium-size popcorn and soda cup, […]

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Indiana Jones and the Return to Form

I’ll be honest: after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I was wary about watching the third outing, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I wasn’t sure how this seemly final chapter of the legend of Dr. Jones would end, nor did I think I would care. Imagine my surprise to learn that the third outing […]

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Indiana Jones and the Nasty, Mean-Spirited Sequel

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I really did not enjoy sitting through Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why the big follow-up to Raiders of the Lost Ark has its share of defenders, but cry in outrage how 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the […]

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Raiders of the Lost Ark: Spielberg’s Fury Road

By the time I was born in 1990, Steven Spielberg, through triumphs like Jaws, Close Encounters, and E.T., had already cemented himself as one of Hollywood’s most beloved filmmakers; in addition, with smaller, off the beaten path projects like The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun, he was also announcing to the world that he could […]

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‘I’m Not Ashamed’ Review: Pandering For Jesus (And Columbine)

On April 20, 1999, two high school seniors, Eric Harris and Dyland Klebold, opened fire on the grounds of Columbine High School, killing twelve students and one teacher, in addition to injuring twenty-one students as a few tried to escape the chaos happening in real-time, before they turned the gun on themselves. The attack is […]

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Awards Season Cliques of the Trade

I hated cliques in high school. I hated the idea that you had to be or act a certain way in order to be accepted. I hated the feeling of isolation I experienced, both externally and internally, because I didn’t fit the norm. Hated the drama when two sets of cliques start shit and expecting […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-One

By Jonathan Holmes When we think of films centered on the holiday season, we think about old Scrooge letting his guard down and learning to care for others besides his greedy self, or we think about George Bailey realizing just how many lives he’s touched due to his philanthropic efforts, or we watch young Ralphie […]

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