2018’s understated science fiction drama tackles family dynamics and personal responsibility with the dashed hopes of more to come

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J onathan and Josh Baker’s KIN is a movie I’m sad to say I dismissed when it was dropped on me in August 2018, seemingly out of nowhere and with little fanfare. It’s a movie I would’ve loved to have seen in theaters, especially since it was boasting an IMAX screen. But, theater hopping is a family affair. And my peeps are typically against science fiction films, or so indifferent to the theatergoing experience (these days) that it takes a film…


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Supermassive walks the path of least resistance in their latest game about a family haunted by past sins

Everyone tells a different version of the Massachusetts Salem witch trials. In the 328 years since the event, historical accounts of the Salem town and Salem village schism change. Who sparked the accusations or baked the witch cake shift depending on the sources. Historians disagree on details big and small, but the broader picture is complete enough that a consistent timeline of events is accessible to everyone.

I don’t think it’s off point to say that without historians working to keep the atrocities of the Salem witch trials alive through extensive preservation of its people and sociology, the biblical nightmare…


‘Star Wars’ was never a ‘planned’ story, but it also wasn’t subject to whims of no plan at all either

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Late environment concept piece of Rey on Jakku (“The Force Awakens”). | © 2014 Yanick Dusseault

A common refrain you’ll hear from the casual viewer to the die-hard Star Wars fan is that Star Wars wasn’t a series with a roadmap. 1977’s Star Wars had a beginning, middle, and an end. It was a bottled narrative that ends with the definitive victory of the heroes over the analog villains with no guarantee a sequel would be on the horizon until it happened. …


‘Star Wars’ joins the tired but profitable tradition of insincere diversity that runs counter to genuine representation through proper inclusion

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You’ll notice whenever a Black actor gains prominence in film and television, it becomes effortless for the audience and TPTB to renegotiate a Black character’s significance within the works they appear. What’s uncontested importance for white characters is debatable for Black characters.

February 2020, Netflix debuted the BBC Two produced docuseries, They Gotta Have Us. Aired October 2018, the Simon Frederick directed series marathons crucial points in Black history in interviews with Black actors, writers, directors, and producers that took part in the eighteen-month production.

Among them were veterans Dianann Carrol, Robert Townsend, and newcomers Barry Jenkins, and John Boyega. …


Episode IX never stood much chance of being a good film and the bitter pill is living with that reality

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However let down Boyega and Isaac are by the story, constant quipping and humor of “The Rise of Skywalker”, both actors continue to demonstrate a dynamic stronger than anything Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver conjure in a contrite battle of “Light vs. Dark” by simply feeding into their natural chemistry.

Depending on whom you ask, J.J. Abrams’ decision not to direct the whole of the Sequel Trilogy beyond Episode VII changes from franchise fatigue (he was still working on Star Trek: Into Darkness when hired to direct Episode VII) or wanting to spend more time with his family.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Abrams’ childhood friend, Greg Grunberg (Snap Wexley), suggests Abrams regretted leaving after reading Rian Johnson’s script for Episode VIII. …


‘The Last Jedi’ is not a sequel to ‘The Force Awakens’ but a standard, non-subversive refutation of its ideas and its lead characters

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Brian Rood unintentionally illustrates the dynamics of “The Last Jedi” in the positioning of the characters, none of whom are done any real justice by the script. | © 2017 LucasFilm

As The Force Awakens nears its conclusion, it establishes three branching paths for Finn, Rey Skywalker, and Kylo Ren.

For all of my frustration with how Kasdan and Abrams ended Finn’s arc, the unfortunate implications that it carried for Finn in the future, if I was naive enough to trust LucasFilm, an argument can be made that Finn suffering the worst kind’ve defeat was an attempt to combine elements of Luke Skywalker’s lowest point in his middle…


The start of the Sequel Trilogy is flawed and clumsy, but its heart is mostly in the right place with the right director and screenwriter

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Ah, yes, the scene that made millions of Star Wars fans lose their marbles and expose themselves online as racists. | © 2015 LucasFilm

Potential. That’s a word you’ll see a lot when reading anything about Disney’s Star Wars Trilogy (sorry, “The Skywalker Saga”). “Man, this trilogy had so much potential. What happened?” A nebulous collection of ideas and impressions that could’ve come together to make ‘something great’, but never reached it. It’s not a lie. The Sequel Trilogy, as we informally know it, however much its start mirrored A New Hope, stuck its landing with an optimistic setup.


21st century films about police brutality are few in number, but Black online spaces would have you believe they dominate Black cinema

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Mont (Jonathan Majors) and Jimmie (Jimmie Fails) in Joe Talbot’s “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” | © 2019 A24

The 1990s is considered the “Golden Age of Black Film and Television”, and not without good reason. For the better part of ten years, Black (and white) directors and screenwriters created films that put Black characters in a mode of gradual normalization. 90s’ Black film was working with the successes and failures from the works made during the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

For Black directors and writers who were able to put their work out there, the thesis…


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Supermassive Games’ latest entry maintains the status quo of janky horror to serviceable effect

Supermassive Games’ Man of Medan is a game I forgot about often and harbored little in terms of expectation. The only thing it seemed to have going for it is the fact that Shawn Ashmore had taken a vested interest in it and regressed into a role I haven’t seen him in since the early-to-late 2000s. …


King of the Monsters follows the all-too common trend of science fiction and broadcasts Malthusian fascism in its tale of climate change

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King Ghidorah acts independently of the human villains but carries out their every desire. | © Warner Bros. Ent.

Climate Change is fast becoming the centerpiece of discussion I never thought it would be as a kid. I know what people should do to safe-keep the environment thanks to shows like Sesame Street, Sailor Moon, and Captain Planet and the Planeteers urging its young viewers to “do their part”. It was ‘stop deforestation’, ‘protect the trees’, ‘keep animals off the endangered species list’, ‘save the marshlands’, etc.. Public service announcements about recycling and energy management seemed so…

Geena Hardy

Writer | Artist | 32 | Heel | Author reworking her first story, blogger and writer of long opinion pieces on my favorite things | https://ko-fi.com/geenahardy

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