It's the Pictures

Max Covill
Short reviews and thoughts on media consumption including movies, television, animation, and more.
Created 10 Oct 2019
  • Award Season Salsa
    12 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Licorice Pizza Less than a month until the year-end shuffle begins. I will have a new byline going up on Monday with a review of Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop series. Working through those ten episodes and o...
  • 'Spencer' Review
    05 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    Director Pablo Larraín has made a name for himself directing untraditional biopics of historically important women. His portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy, Jackie, showcased the colossal sorrow of losing ...
  • 'Dune' Review
    22 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Dune (Warner Bros.) The long-awaited sci-fi epic, Dune, has finally arrived. Director Denis Villeneuve has picked another science-fiction title following his directorial efforts with Arrival and Blade...
  • A Primer for 'Dune'
    14 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Dune (Warner Bros.) One of my most anticipated movies of 2020 and 2021 was the new Denis Villeneuve adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. I’m using “was” because I had an opportunity to screen the movie...
  • What's All This Furor About a 'Squid Game?'
    07 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Squid Game (Netflix) If you’ve checked your Netflix account, you might see a banner for the series Squid Game and find yourself wondering what it could possibly be about. Is it about actual squid? No....
  • 'No Time to Die' Review
    29 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Daniel Craig in No Time to Die (MGM) Daniel Craig’s final Bond outing has finally arrived. After a pandemic delay that lasted a year and a half, audiences around the world will witness James Bond’s sw...
  • Is 'Foundation' Apple TV+'s Next Big Hit?
    24 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Jared Harris and Lou Llobell in Foundation (Apple TV+) Every big science-fiction or fantasy title that’s released in the post-Game of Thrones era cannot escape comparisons. It’s convenient, easy for a...
  • 'Star Wars: Visions' Review
    21 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    ‘The Village Bride’ Star Wars: Visions (Disney) A bride that must sacrifice herself to the Empire for the good of her people. A robot who must find the force within him. And a search for the remaining...
  • TIFF 2021: Julia, The Rescue, Louis Wain
    15 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    Part 2 of It’s the Pictures TIFF 2021 coverage. Below are reviews of Julia, The Rescue, Montana Story, and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. If you are looking for part 1, that can be found here. And...
  • TIFF 2021: Petite Maman, Mothering Sunday, Jockey, and more
    14 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 2
    Petite Maman (Neon) It’s the Pictures is covering the 2021 Toronto Internation Film Festival and this is the first of two planned review packages from the festival. I previously posted a look ahead to...
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