Removing Borders: A Conversation with Peter Spirer and Peter Baxter
by Christopher Rzigalinski
On this episode of the Cinephellas podcast I’m talking to the Peter Spirer and Peter Baxter, co-directors of Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation. The documentary uses lacrosse, which the Iroquois nation calls its “medicine game,” as a lens through which to explore Iroquois history and indigenous peoples’ relationships with the United States and Canada. How is it, the film asks, that countless schools and universities across North America play teach the game to its students without relating its ceremonial past? To answer that question, the Peters and I discuss the Catholic Church’s oppressive Doctrine of Discovery, the Iroquois challenges to traditional ideas of sovereignty, and how sports can be used as a tool for activism. Spirit Game is a powerful statement about how popular culture can help change the world for the better.
It’s been five years since Prometheus and in that time the film has received a very mixed reaction. There were a lot of unanswered questions that have been waiting for a sequel to go into more detail about where these prequels fit into the Alien mythos and Covenant might be the film that puts things back on track. Anyone looking for concrete answers to Prometheus will be disappointed, but as it’s own beast that adds more layers to the universe and it’s as close to the original film as we’ve gotten in nearly 40 years.
Save the Galaxy Again with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
by Nile Fortner
Back in 2014, Marvel Studios attempted their riskiest adventure yet, releasing a film based on the not so popular superhero team known as The Guardians of the Galaxy. When the film hit theaters, it was a massive success, and turned characters such as Star Lord and Groot into prominent names. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 has now hit cinemas, and many are wondering, “Do our favorite space ‘A-holes’ have what it takes to strike lightning in a bottle twice?” The answer is hell yes!
by Kevin Muller
The second trailer, or clip, has arrived for the anticipated new adaptation of Stephen King’s horror masterpiece. This one definitely has more footage than I expected, hell, it basically is a new miniature trailer. Let’s see what we got this time.
We hear Stan, standing in front of the attendees at his synagogue, talking about how children are supposed to be protected and how the unprotected ones become prey to evil. Accompanying this speech we see footage of a missing person’s photo along with an image of a very seedy looking adult. This gives of the feeling that Muschetti will indeed include how Pennywise’s presence does bring out the worst in the town. It is something that the mini-series didn’t really talk about. Readers of the novel know that Pennywise casts a very negative energy amongst the residents that definitely influences them to do evil acts.
A Conversation with the Olson Brothers
by Chris Rzigalinski
It’s hard enough directing a movie when one intelligent mind is behind the camera. But brothers Obin and Amariah Olson find a way to merge two brilliant perspectives. Their latest project, The Shadow Effect, explores the consequences of trauma on Gabriel (played by Cam Gigandet), an ex-Navy Seal unaware he’s in the throes of a scientific experiment. As a result, the lines between reality and imagination are blurred. Gabriel must figure out if his murderous flashbacks are delusions or if the mysterious Dr. Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is manipulating him. Along the way, Gabriel is forced to question the sincerity of the people closest to him, including his wife, Brinn (Britt Shaw).
by Old King Clancy
When the first Guardians of Galaxy was released in 2014 it felt like a very odd choice for Marvel to make following the success of The Avengers; a sci-fi series featuring a talking tree, a psychotic raccoon, the tubby guy from Parks & Rec., and directed by a guy from Troma? Never should’ve worked. And yet, $770 Million and worldwide praise later, the film did work and serves as one of the highlights of Marvel’s cinematic universe, so no pressure on the sequel.
To get it out of the way quickly, Vol. 2 doesn’t live up to the first, only because the first film had no expectations of it, it came from nowhere, and blew everyone away. While the sequel had the unfortunate luck to come second, it’s still a burst of color and fun, while one of the best standalone MCU films to date.
It’s Time To Check Out of Bates Motel (For Now)
by Nile Fortner
On Bates Motel: The Final Check Out, Vera Farmiga (Orphan, Source Code) said, “I am going to miss the sh*t out of playing Norma Bates.” She also mentions how the show is, “unique, and it’s one of a kind.” Well as a big fan of this series, I, and I’m sure many of you agree, that we will all miss the sh*t out of Bates Motel and it really is so unique and one of a kind.
Series finales often feel awkward, and try too hard to please fans. Sometimes it is like they are rushing to the finish line in a way that leaves audiences confused, wanting more, and dissatisfied. In my opinion, the last two seasons of Bates Motel, are easily the best, and was some of the best television I’ve seen in a very long time. Throughout the series and finale of this show, that I feel like is underrated, we saw how much Norman Bates, played by Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, August Rush), has changed over the course of the show, and we’re reminded just how much has been lost for all of our characters. Everyone of the characters, from Caleb, Chick, Romero, Emma, Dylan, Norma, and of course Norman. Ultimately, Dylan and Emma escape, they seem like they will be happily ever after, and free to start their own family away from the nightmare of family and White Pine Bay.