The Last Black Man In San Francisco Review

Reviewed for the Digital Fix

Directorial debuts often provide clues as to what that artist has to offer in their future movies, but it’s rare to find debuts as captivating as The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Joe Talbot’s first feature film establishes a strong visual style for the director from the get-go, as he crafts a San Francisco that feels real and bustling with life.

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The End of Evangelion (Mental Illness In The Movies)

As the next entry in my (admittedly sporadic) series for Film Inquiry, Mental Illness In The Movies, I discussed The End of Evangelion and its depiction of depression.

Be warned: there are hell of a lot of spoilers if you haven’t had the opportunity to watch the show or the movie yet.

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How One Avengers Deleted Scene Shows The Central Flaw Of The MCU

It’s hard to imagine, but seven years ago Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe was far from a sure bet. Iron Man was a gamble, but hoping that characters connected to the outlandish concepts of Thor or the flag-wearing Captain America was one step further into the unknown. Connecting all these stories in one blockbuster, The Avengers, seemed like a gargantuan and foolhardy task, even with the ensemble-wrangling Joss Whedon at the helm.

Not only did it pull it off in a satisfying way, breaking box office records and emboldening the studio to extend their experiment into a dozen more productions, but it managed to pull off the impossible and give each character a reason to be involved. Part of this comes from the intuitive decision to centre a movie of disparate franchises coming together about disparate people struggling to come together. But not everything survived intact.

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How Us Examines the Horrors of Privilege

Jordan Peele‘s Us follows Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), from a mysterious and traumatic event as a child to her return there as an adult. In the hall of mirrors of a Santa Cruz funhouse, she encounters her exact double.

The fear of what she saw that night has stuck with her, but now she isn’t a young girl, wandering off alone, but a grown woman, married with two children, driving down to their luxurious beach house for the summer.

For many, this is the epitome of success – the nuclear family, comfortable, privileged. Gabe (Winston Duke) has his boat, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) has her cellphone, and Jason (Evan Alex) has his toys. This isn’t their first trip to their summer home, it’s become routine. These comforts are all put to one side once their home is invaded, and they come face-to-face with their doppelgängers.

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