Coco | Movie Review

Using music to navigate a familiar theme of the rebellious kid, Coco journeys through the land of the living and the dead with a healthy sense of self-awareness that keeps things emotionally engaging. Along the way, notable figures and traditions – often used as pop culture props – take the spotlight and are reoriented to their rightful cultural…

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Last Flag Flying | Movie Review

Quick Take: Last Flag Flying is a poignant look at life from the rearview mirror, so to speak. It’s a hilarious, heartbreaking, and heroically unapologetic look at life after war and the legacy of a life built post-military service. It’s a beautifully crafted film that conveys all its messages without being obvious or heavy-hand. The story is…

Tragedy Girls | Movie Review

There’s been a recent spate of mainstream horror movies built around modern social media platforms. Most are fun, but fall into the “one and done” watch category. They’re usually not very unique once the blood starts flying and most are accidentally amusing because of the huge holes in the storyline, work too hard to prove…

Thank You For Your Service | Movie Review

 Quick Take: Thank You For Your Service is a stark look at the reality of separating from active military service and the frequently ignored struggles soldiers face. Returning home after time in a combat zone or a state of combat readiness has inherent obstacles that are rarely discussed publicly. Upon mustering out of the armed forces, whether…

Marshall | Movie Review

If you ask a white person who is Thurgood Marshall some will reply: the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice or the lawyer who won Brown v the Board of Education. That’s if they even recognize the name. If you ask a black or brown person who is Thurgood Marshall in addition to the answers above…

Uncharted Regions: Needs To Be On Your Radar | #HIFFSD 2017

Uncharted Regions is an audio drama series produced by Swords & Circuitry Studios. The series’ executive producers, Neal and Jana Hallford, promise, “thirteen classic audio dramas that take you into the realms of Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Horror, and Mystery.” The world premiere of the first episode, Someday, Over You, as the opening act of the San Diego Creators block…

Te Ata | Movie Review

The recognizable mainstream imagery associated with indigenous peoples is frequently disrespectful or hollow; if they’re represented at all. Lampooning the rituals, and culture is such deeply ingrained part of American culture, people don’t register that the constant appropriation is the legacy of deliberate attempts to stifle and suffocate an entire nation of people unto death. Te Ata is…