Retronalysis: ‘Dazed and Confused’ Ruined Teen Comedies in the Best Way Possible

Before there was boyhood, Richard Linklater was dazed and confused, transplanting his own experiences as an angsty teenager growing up in 1976 onto the big screen. So what works in Dazed in Confused has a lot more to do with Linklater himself than the admirable cast, as it was the 90s comedy that undermined

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Retronalysis: Sacha Baron Cohen is the Only Great Thing About ‘Borat’

At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan as an important movie because of its popularity (as well as the length of that subtitle). Not that anything is wrong with being popular, it’s just tempting in hindsight to attribute the movie’s

Retronalysis: Ryan Reynolds Was the Least of ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s Problems

In 2009, the X-Men film franchise took a step backward in more ways than one. It stepped backward in time, literally, to explore the origins of Wolverine, played a fourth time by Hugh Jackman. The problem? We had already experienced a Wolverine-centric trilogy. Seriously, those movies were all about Wolverine. Many

Retronalysis: ‘Meet the Parents’ Features De Niro at His Most Humorous

The success and talent of Robert De Niro will never be understated, thanks to his legendary performances in Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part 2, and many more (notice these are curiously dramatic roles). But we’ve seen a curious trend arising in De Niro’s latest movie choices (aside from his David O. Russell projects), such