a warrior princess, a man in decline

the few things that happened at Flick Filosopher between Monday, March 22nd, and Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Like the little tugboats chipping away at the run-aground container ship Ever Given, I feel like I made some headway this week on… oh, everything that has been weighing me down. I wrote a couple reviews. I got my collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror flash fiction, Cultural Artifacts, finalized and uploaded to all the ebook sites (it’s out April 8th, and available to preorder now; or pledge to my Patreon and get it free on April 1st). My arm, where I got the first dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, has stopped feeling like someone punched me there.

For early spring in the plague year 2021, life isn’t so bad.

—MaryAnn


new at flick filosopher, Mar 22–28

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Mar 23–26

  • Multi-Oscar-nominated The Father now available to watch at home, and you no longer need a Disney+ subscription to see Pixar’s Best Animated Feature nominee Soul; more… [get the full rundown]

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Mar 22–26

  • Pixar’s Oscar-nominated Soul is now available outside the Disney+ walled garden; a cat-and-mouse TV cartoon has its feature debut; more… [get the full rundown]

Raya and the Last Dragon movie review: warrior princess (#DisneyPlus) [pictured]

  • The Disney paradigm is hard at play again here, its familiarity offset by its inspiration in Southeast Asian culture and mythology. Sweepingly told, gorgeously animated, and audaciously optimistic. [read the review | streaming globally on Disney+]

The Father movie review: the quiet horror of Alzheimer’s

  • A deeply compassionate, deeply unnerving portrait of a man suffering from dementia and losing his grip on reality. The empathy machine of cinema has rarely been put to such uncomfortably intimate use. [read the review | streaming US/Can, see review for links]

lockdown cinema that ironically will make you feel better about lockdown

  • Movies for coming back from coronavirus-crazy. (A teaser of an essay for Patreon patrons and Substack subscribers only.) [read more]

‘Cultural Artifacts’ cover reveal!

  • My collection of sf/f/h flash fiction is available for preorder now; out April 8th. [read more]


Tweet of the week…


coming up at Flick Filosopher…

  • Oscar-nominated shorts, one of my favorite things about awards season

  • Godzilla vs Kong, love a good* monster movie (*hoping it’s good!)

  • Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs, maybe, finally?

  • doc Own the Room (from the people who gave us Science Fair)

  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League

  • Netflix’s Moxie, from director Amy Poehler

  • oh, I’d really love to get to Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar


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