Category Archives: 7 Pieces Of

“Queenpins” struck out with me

“Okay, here goes nothin’.” Story: Two women who try their best and still can’t break even decide to take their high level couponing higher. Y’know by counterfeiting coupons. Naturally, they get busted…but it’s the journey to that destination, right? Genre … Continue reading

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“Candyman” (2021) – Peele hits it out of the park yet again

“Candyman is how we deal with the fact that these things happen… That they’re still happening.” Story: It’s been years – almost thirty – since Helen Lyle went to Cabrini-Green to research urban folklore. But the mythology of the Candyman … Continue reading

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“Free Guy” – Frenetic, Fun, and many other F-words

“Don’t have a good day, have a great day. I guess.” Story: Guy works at a bank, lives in a spotless apartment, and has an adorable goldfish. Life’s pretty damn perfect, no? Well, it seems that way, but he’s “just” … Continue reading

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“Summer of Soul” – essential viewing

“It the ultimate black barbecue. And then you start to hear music…” Story: 1969 was more than Woodstock and Altamont. In Harlem, there was a summer music series. It was filmed, but the footage was packed away. Musician Questlove took … Continue reading

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The Boss Baby: Family Business

“… if there’s one thing I’ve learned, you’re only a kid once.” Story: The wheel of time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend…. Oh wait. Wrong series. But time has indeed passed for Boss Baby … Continue reading

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The Forever Purge – too real to enjoy?

“Does this translate, pendejo?” Story: Well’p after the possibility of a happy ending in Election Year, the usual gang of haters and ignoramuses decide that Those People Crossing The Borders require the Founding Fathers of America – and their yearly … Continue reading

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“F9” – Silly. Crazy. Fun.

“How the hell are you not dead?” Story: Guys and gals who have particular sets of skills (like driving cars, doing The Computer, and so on) have had all sorts of adventures together. The laws of physics are never invited. … Continue reading

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“Nobody” – the action throwdown I/we needed right now

“This girl is gonna get home safe tonight. I hope these assholes like hospital food.”  Story: Hutch Mansell is a typical suburban nebbish. Nobody takes him seriously, everybody passes him by, even his family doesn’t pay much attention to him, … Continue reading

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“Coming to America 2” – not good, but not bad.

” King Akeem may have forgotten his story, but the people of Zamunda have not.” Story: It’s been 30 years since Prince Akeem went to Queens to find…his queen. Now, with the passing of his father, Akeem is now King. … Continue reading

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“The Vigil” – satisfyingly scary

“It wants your pain.” Story: Yakov is an ex-Hasidic Jewish man who is trying to recover from severe trauma. He’s also broke. So when a friend in the Hasidic community asks Yakov to be a shomer – a “watchman” – … Continue reading

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