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I had a blast at Grandpa’s, but I might have been the only one…

When my grandfather passed away, I was obviously devastated. He meant a lot to me. He was an artist and a poet, and he instilled a love of art in me from a very young age. We would sit and discuss Tarantino and Scorcese films, listen to his extensive music collection, and sometimes we’d even fart and laugh. My grandpa had a great sense of humor, which he efficiently passed on to me.

He also taught me some of my favorite words, like “dick,” and “balls,” and “fuck.” Those lessons were received poorly by my parents, but they weren’t anything…

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Oh, sorry, I don’t have any K-cups, Karen! I just bought a French press this weekend. No more K-cups for this guy!

Wait, do you not have a French press? It’s actually really cool once you look into it. A French press actually gives you more control over the taste and temperature of your coffee. It also sounds fancy as fuck, so you can impress people who don’t know what a French press is.

I mean, K-cups are just so bad for the environment, not like this zero waste French press. I freshly grind my Guatemalan fair trade coffee beans every morning for a rich, delicious flavor. It’s also really satisfying to push the filter down.

Do the grounds come through sometimes…

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I feel as though I have to tell you…those mini-pufts are very on brand for the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise.

Seriously, Film Twitter? This is what we’re going to gripe about today? Hot off of the “can horror films be set in space?” discourse, we’re going to fight about Mr. Stay Puft?!?!

I mean, I get it. You grumpy movie fans need something to bitch about, and today, a harmless clip of Paul Rudd encountering mini marshmallow men surfaced. Grab the torches and pitchforks.

Damn, the mini-pufts beat you to the punch.

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The fourth entry in the MonsterVerse is the “fast food” blockbuster we need right now.

Wow, was it fun seeing a big, dumb blockbuster in a packed theater! And by packed, I mean at fifty percent capacity, because…well…you know the situation by now. The experience was something both myself and the rest of the movie-going population have been yearning for since March of last year, and I can’t think of a better movie to bring us back together than Godzilla vs. Kong.

The fourth film in Legendary’s “MonsterVerse,” Godzilla vs. Kong pits two of the most famous movie monsters against each other in an epic battle of fisticuffs. And it delivers exactly what fans want…

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One of the Arizona rock group’s greatest strengths is using singles to transition into new eras.

This past Thursday, the Maine released their new single “Sticky,” a track from their upcoming LP XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time. The single, a quick, upbeat slice of pop rock, is pretty much what you would expect from the Arizona rockers. It’s catchy and danceable, a happy little number that would feel right at home on the band’s last effort, 2019’s You Are OK. But that’s typically what The Maine do on the first single of any era: they give you something comfortable to slip into.

This started back with the release of “Some Days” off of…

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I can’t completely denounce the media conglomerate, because it owns my childhood.

Oh, Disney, do you even realize how much I want to hate you? You’ve come as close to having a monopoly on the entertainment industry as anyone ever has. You require theaters, both chains and locals alike, to jump through hoops in order to screen your films. At every turn, you’ve grabbed your large fanbase by the ankles and shaken every last penny you could from their pockets. And yet, I’m still happily giving you money.

Why? Well, that’s pretty simple. In your relentless quest for global franchise domination, you’ve acquired almost everything I hold near and dear to my…

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It’s just mean spirited.

“Oooh, I have a funny vegan story.”

No, dear non-vegan. No, you do not.

This phrase is more likely to elicit an eye-roll than laughter from the vegan you’re about to offend. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard this phrase and laughed at the story that followed — and I’ve heard this phrase quite a bit in my four vegan years.

There are only two types of “funny vegan stories” that come from non-vegans.

One: the “hilarious” set a half-eaten animal product (such as a fast food burger) next to them in bed while they’re sleeping gag. This prank is…

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In the late ’80s/early ’90s, the mullet reigned supreme. A hairstyle that embraced both work and pleasure, its appeal spread far and wide. It seemed to be the pinnacle of hair fashion — until it suddenly wasn’t. Somewhere along the lines, someone deemed the hairstyle “lame” and “trashy.” This new opinion spread like wildfire, until the mullet was banished to small, rural areas known as “redneck country.” However, in its glory days, the mullet was modeled by the finest talents in entertainment. From action heroes to rock gods, comedians to rebel teenagers, the mullet was a hairstyle fit for both…

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Under the circumstances, the success of ‘Trolls World Tour’ is being misjudged by both its studio and theater chains.

If you had told me at this time last year that the biggest story coming from the film industry would revolve around Trolls World Tour, I would have laughed you out of the room. Yet, here we are.

The sequel to Universal’s Trolls was set to hit theaters on April 10. That of course, didn’t happen as theaters began to shut down in masses by the end of March. Now, the next wide theatrical release is Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is still optimistically holding onto its July 17 release date. Universal, hoping to make some money during a time when…

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85 years ago, James Whale’s campy, gothic masterpiece changed horror cinema forever.

I’ll never forget the first time I watched James Whale’s The Bride of Frankenstein. I rented it from the public library when I was ten, rushed home, and put it on. I was only about ten minutes into the film — the scene in which the Monster appears in the well beneath the fallen windmill and strangles poor Hans — when my mother and three-year-old sister came home. I was immediately told, “Turn that off while your sister is around.” And thus ended my first viewing. I, of course, revisited The Bride of Frankenstein later that night after everyone had…

Sam Lenz

A film critic with a taste for genre fare, living in Sioux Falls, SD. If you love movies, we’ll get along just fine.

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