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Renard’s Top 10 Scenes of 2017 in Cinema

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— by Renard N. Bansale — Definite spoilers below One of my go-to film websites is the B+ Movie Blog, and he has an annual tradition I greatly appreciate: On the Saturday before the annual Academy Awards, he writes articles on his five favorite moments in each Best Picture nominee. I love that tradition because it cuts through all the awards …

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Chaos & Creation on an Ecological Level in ‘Annihilation’

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(2018—Director: Alex Garland) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Almost none of us commit suicide, and almost all of us self-destruct.” — Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Lena (Natalie Portman) Potential spoilers below Few writers have demonstrated versatility with regards to artistic medium like Alex Garland. The English writer had three novels and five …

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A Superhero-King Confronts the Sins of His Father in ‘Black Panther’

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(2018—Director: Ryan Coogler) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “A man who has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father.” — T’Chaka (John Kani) to T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) Potential spoilers below Greetings, cinema of 2018! It is hard to believe that I have jumped from watching around fifty …

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Renard’s Top 10 Films of 2017

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— by Renard N. Bansale — Potential spoilers below Another year in cinema, another belated top ten films list. Again, my apologies to all those who prefer top ten lists published within a week or two on either side of New Year’s Day. Cinema in 2017, in response to the chaos of the year before, seemed exhausted and bleak. The ideological …

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‘Mary & the Witch’s Flower’: Studio Ponoc’s Safe But Assured Feature Debut

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(2017—Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “What’s done is done until it’s undone.” — The Incantation for “the Spell to Undo All Magic” Potential spoilers below It saddened the animation world in 2014 when Japan’s famous Studio Ghibli announced that it will go on an indefinite hiatus. This followed the announced retirement …