in which I say, “Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman...”

everything that happened at Flick Filosopher from Monday, August 23rd, to Sunday, August 29th

Autumn is almost here! My favorite season of the year, in which I get a burst of ambition and optimism at the best of times, and perhaps even more so this year, when I’ve been so listless and depressed for so long during the long slog of the pandemic. And I’m really tired of hearing myself moan and complain about it!

But the cooling weather, the opportunity to haul out the cozy sweaters, the closing in of the nights… it all gives me energy. Some of which I’m pouring into my work.

So be on the lookout for a couple new review collections — akin to my Movies for the Resistance project, which will itself be continued, too — that I’ll be debuting soon. They’re part of my attempts to try to wrestle into submission the overwhelming number of movies being released, and also to expand my coverage of older films.

I’ll also be trying to figure out the best way to make a regular stab at helping you surface the best stuff to watch on the streaming services.

Stay tuned…


new at flick filosopher, Aug 23–29

new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Aug 27

new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Aug 27

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Aug 27

  • Sci-fi mystery The Colony; Aretha Franklin biopic Respect; and that’s it… [get the full rundown]

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Aug 23–27

  • Alzheimer’s drama The Father; revenge dramas Pig and Riders of Justice; more… [get the full rundown]

question of the weekend: what is your seminal movie?

curated: “Trailers Use Slower and Moodier New Versions of Classic Songs to Lure Viewers”

  • We’re not paying enough attention to trailers. The beatings will continue until morale improves. [read more]

The Last Bus movie review: middle of the road

  • British twee is baked into this slight travelogue. Spall’s performance is lovely, and though the film mostly avoids overt schmaltz in favor of mild sentimentality, it’s gentle to the point of inertia. [read the review | cinemas UK]

Together movie review: lockdown love-hate

  • Fresh, raw, wielding physical and psychological intimacy like a shiv, this is a deeply compelling, empathetic emotional roller coaster fueled by McAvoy’s and Horgan’s intense and cutting performances. [read the review | cinemas US; BBC iPlayer UK]

Candyman movie review: say his name… and understand its power [pictured]

  • Strikingly original horror with a purpose: to delve into the mythologizing of the past, to explore the boundary between cultural appropriation and artistic inspiration, to heed the lessons of history. [read the review | cinemas US/UK]

Tweet of the week…

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some news: today, i’m excited to launch this ever-expanding black film archive provides history and context to over 200 black films made from 1915 to 1979 currently streaming. every description on the site is lovingly written & researched by me.

coming up at Flick Filosopher…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (probably, but I didn’t get invited to a screening so I’ll have to buy a ticket on Friday)

  • The Green Knight

  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

  • Netflix’s animated musical Vivo

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

  • Mark Wahlberg as Joe Bell

  • Old, the latest from M. Night Shyamalan

  • Summer of Soul

  • The Forever Purge

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

  • Fast & Furious 9

  • Luca, the new Pixar animated feature

  • The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt

  • Oscar’s Best Animated Feature Soul and Best International Feature Another Round

  • Disney origin story Cruella

(I swear, I really want to get to all of these…)

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