Under Further Review: Tiger Hood

I was amused at the prospect of reviewing Tiger Hood, a documentary that clocks in at a grand total of seven minutes. However, I’m happy to say that this unique, quirky project offers plenty to think about and reflect on. It’s been a long time (maybe never) since I’ve seen a film that is this

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Under Further Review: The Great Alone

Last week, I had the good fortune to catch Mad Max: Fury Road. I came into the theater expecting an incredible odyssey through a fantastical, apocalyptic environment (those hopes were completely met). I had no reason, however, to anticipate the realization that would hit me several days later: Fury Road is a perfect primer for

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Under Further Review: Reach Your Limits

As a frequent consumer of American pop culture, I’ve had a certain stereotype of Eastern Europeans burned into my mind: burly and steely-eyed, but also soft-spoken and calm. For better or worse, Reach Your Limits does little to dispel that image, but this Bulgarian documentary does introduce a fascinating Balkan sports culture. The film focuses

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The Cult of the Sandlot

There are a few popular cultural opinions of my generation that I proudly stand against, high on my mighty, crooked tower of self-righteousness. One in particular speaks to my background in theater: while I think Meryl Streep is a very talented actress who deserves critical acclaim, I’m sick of people treating her like a sort

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Under Further Review: Foxcatcher

If there’s one film genre that could be described as “exhausted”, you could make a solid argument for sports movies. It’s the easiest category with which to make a voluminous list of clichés (for starters: team of losers gradually becomes winners; down-on-their-luck coach finds glory again through an unexpected partnership; a player/team’s success reflects positive

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Pondering the Legacies of Boston Sports

Having spent most of my life in Massachusetts, I’ve always had a place in my heart for Boston, the honest-to-goodness hub of the Northeast. The Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins have won a combined eight championships over the last 15 years, boosting the hometown pride of the already hyper-loyal Boston populace. But the city’s

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