A Star is Born – Review
Oct03

A Star is Born – Review

Do we really need a fourth version of A Star Is Born? Film Critic Dennis Willis considers that relevant question while also trying to make sense of just how good it is in his latest review below. From Bradley Cooper’s stunning directorial debut to his complete onscreen transformation, this oft-told melodrama might very well be the best version to date in his opinion – and is certainly the best in half a century. Oh, and did we...

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Bad Reputation – Review
Sep26

Bad Reputation – Review

Film critic Dennis Willis dives into the world of 70s punk and the indie rock scene of the 80s for a look at the new Joan Jett documentary, Bad Reputation. Jett’s a pioneer, a music and social icon, and a flat-out legend. But would you believe 23 labels turned her down — even after her tenure in the landmark all-girl rock band The Runaways? Bad Reputation deals head-on with the patriarchy of the rock scene, and the fact that Jett...

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The King – Review
Sep09

The King – Review

“The King” is searing documentary that goes beneath the surface of Elvis Presley’s legend to reveal a different side of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s impact on culture music and America, for better or worse. It’s a challenging work that examines Elvis’s mythos from a wide range of perspectives, and Dennis Willis found a lot to admire, and a lot to pick apart. Listen to his review below to find out if the movie about one of Hollywood’s...

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40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie – Review
Aug31

40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie – Review

Between 1970 and 1976, Magic Music was the hottest band in Boulder, Colorado. They never recorded an album and disappeared overnight. Forty years later, TV producer Lee Aronsohn set out to find out what happened. In the podcast below, Dennis Willis takes a look at the documentary that attempts the near-impossible: to reunite the group for their first concert in nearly half a...

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Mission Impossible: Fallout – Review
Jul27

Mission Impossible: Fallout – Review

http://flicknation.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Mission-Impossible-Fallout-Review.mp3 Dennis Willis reviews Mission impossible: Fallout, the sixth installment of the venerable Tom Cruise franchise, as well as what chapter to start the re-watch at, and why these movies are still a hit with audiences 22 years...

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2018 Summer Movie Preview
May18

2018 Summer Movie Preview

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Ronn Owens about the 2018 Summer Movie Season, the fallacy of Moviepass, and why Avengers: Infinity War may not be the biggest movie ever. Including in the discussion: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Oceans 8, Incredibles 2, Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again and Won’t You Be My...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 1/16/18
Jan16

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 1/16/18

Dennis Willis spotlights the latest rental, sales, and streaming titles – including David Letterman’s return to TV, on the Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Katt Williams: Great America (Netflix), and the streaming debut of the shark thriller 47 Meters Down. New releases available for rental include the comedic horror movie Happy Death Day, the landmark animated film Loving Vincent, and the tone-deaf drama...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 1/09/18
Jan09

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 1/09/18

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about the divided audience over Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Netflix comedy-thriller The End of the F***ing World, the digital premieres of Blade Runner 2049 and Stephen King’s It, and whether Dunkirk works when you watch it on a...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 1/02/18
Jan02

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 1/02/18

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about the pros and cons of the theatrical subscription service Moviepass, the Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us, the Netflix premiere of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and the new controversial Dave Chappelle...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 11/28/17
Nov28

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 11/28/17

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about the Netflix documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, the Spike Lee series She’s Gotta Have It, Despicable Me 3, and the all the movies leaving...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 11/14/17
Nov15

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 11/14/17

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about separating the art from the artist in a post-Spacey and Louis C.K. world; plus, Amazon’s massive commitment to a multi-season Lord of the Rings TV series, the mid-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, the neo-western thriller Wind River, with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, and the absurd Oscar-baiting Tulip Fever, with Alicia...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 11/07/17
Nov07

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 11/07/17

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about the short-lived scuffle between Disney, film critics and the Los Angeles Times. As well, Amazon’s streaming of the James Bond catalog, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning epic The Departed, and the neo noir classic Kiss Kiss Bang...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 10/24/17
Oct24

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 10/24/17

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about Amazon’s final season of Red Oaks, the return of Stranger Things, the necessity of Cars sequels (and the surprise discovery that Cars 3 was actually good), the Kristen Stewart ghost tale Personal Shopper, and passing of actor Robert...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 10/17/17
Oct17

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 10/17/17

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about the powerful Netflix drama The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) with Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, and dramatic performances from Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller; the David Fincher thriller series Mindhunter, the theatrical hit Girls Trip, and director Sofia Coppola’s version of The Beguiled. Plus, how stoned does one have to be to enjoy Amazon’s reboot of Sigmund and the...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 10/10/17
Oct10

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 10/10/17

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about the box office surprise Baby Driver, the Marvel smash Spider-man: Homecoming, the strangely hypnotic dystopian western The Bad Batch; as well as War for the Planet of the Apes, and why Andy Serkis deserves an...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 10/03/17
Oct03

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 10/03/17

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about the gnarly Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game, the romance Our Souls at Night, with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, and why fans should be patient with Star Trek...

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Flick Nation: At the Movies – 9/29/17
Sep28

Flick Nation: At the Movies – 9/29/17

Dennis Willis reviews the true-life Tom Cruise crime flick American Made, and the charming documentary California Typewriter. LISTEN:...

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Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 9/26/17
Sep26

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 9/26/17

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, the comedy special Jerry Before Seinfeld, the TV reboots of Will and Grace and Roseanne, the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix, and why you should watch a double feature of The Shining and the documentary Room...

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mother! – Mommy and Daddy are Fighting!
Sep22

mother! – Mommy and Daddy are Fighting!

MOMMY AND DADDY ARE FIGHTING! Darren Aronovsky’s mother! Says This is Seriously Fucked Up Films have always tried to show us our fears and comment on what is threatening to the world; the good ones usually do it with veiled, nuanced archetypal drama, while the bad ones are called horror movies. Okay, I’m sorry. That was a lousy joke and I think a very bad beginning to this article. Let’s try again. When the going gets weird, the weird...

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Flick Nation: At the Movies – 9/22/17
Sep21

Flick Nation: At the Movies – 9/22/17

Dennis Willis reviews the historical sports comedy Battle of the Sexes, in which reining feminist tennis legend Billie Jean King accepted a $100,000 Challenge from male chauvinist champ Bobby Riggs....

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