The Immortal (and Aging) Action Hero

When Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzennegar were tearing up bad guys in the eighties with their sinewy muscles and oiled up bodies, it set a new standard in the film industry for action heroes. The mantle once held by Errol Flynn was no longer able to contain the attention of the masses. Something more visceral, something…

2018: An (Upgraded) Low-Budget Sci-Fi Odyssey

When you think of powerful elements in “Science Fiction” films, you think of special effects. The two have a relationship so strongly symbiotic that it is practically a prerequisite to expect a CGI-fueled popcorn flick when you hear the abbreviation Sci-Fi.  But this is only natural as conflated budgets in Star Wars. You sort of…

The Horrific Core of Hereditary (Which Also Affects LeBron James)

Accountability. It’s a strikingly simple concept that somehow has proven difficult to execute. Yet, it’s still extraordinarily important for everyday functionality. Owning up to something is like replacing the toilet paper in the bathroom – if you don’t do it soon, it’s gonna get a lot worse. But people find it more convenient to conjure…

Moral Animalistic Ambiguity and Michael Pearce’s Beast

Hitchcock was a genius in many regards, but perhaps above all others was his ability to conjure a genuine mystery. Films like Vertigo, Psycho, and Strangers on a Train were perfect examples of maintaining suspense through characters who were morally ambiguous. This uncertainty about a character was a kind of bargaining tool for the audience. It asked them to…

Comedy Is Having A Moment Right Now

If you remember the onslaught of awful comedy films that plagued the nineties and two-thousands, you’d be justified in thinking that most of the genre is a lost cause. It’s known to be one of those cheap, easy-to-produce genres where two-bit lines can be phoned in by the actors and the trailer gives most of…

The Not-So-Quiet Roar of the Critics

The box office surprise hit of a few weekends ago came in the form of the greatest prank every performed by Jim Halpert. That’s right, I’m talking about A Quiet Place. Of the (many) movies that came out over the last few weekends, this one particularly managed to make a splash with audiences who were hungry…

The Disappearance of The Cinematic Middle Class

Making films is an expensive undertaking. Between all the paychecks, all the rented space, and all the equipment, there’s not many people who can go about creating something like that on their own. The cost of making even a smaller film is akin to buying a luxurious piece of property. It ain’t a poor mans game….

Three Scenes: Breaking Down The Details in Phantom Thread

Hooray! We’ve passed Oscar’s season (yay!) and now there’s no obligatory need to speculate on the merits of film for at least another six and a half months. Between the Oscars and Black Panthers, the cinematic world is going to be working through some heavy baggage. This provides ample space for a more intimate look…

Black Film History

For many, the February is filled with feelings of *love*, amorousness, and ill-fated dreams of fairytale romances. It’s a strange coincidence that we also celebrate Black History month this same month. Still, there will probably have been million and ten valentine-related posts this month and probably a bit less on the black history. But in…

The Ephemeral Bliss of Call Me By Your Name

A brand new year deserves a magnificent christening. And what better way to start off this year than rehash some of the best stuff I missed last year? Though I’m mostly up to date on awards cinema, there were a couple films that escaped me. Part of that is the tiring nature of the awards…

The Top 10 Films I Saw in 2017

Well we’ve made it to the end of another year, which means another numerical judgement of any number of things. I use this platform as an opportunity to share some thoughts on films that stuck with me throughout the year. Luckily for all, there were many that I never had the chance to touch on…

The Bull, The Wizard, and The Magic of Connection

Before the Star Wars hype takes over the movie world for about six weeks, it’s a great time to catch up on some other magical cinematic opportunities being offered right now. For some people, there’s Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. That’ll certainly suit someone’s fancy… For others, there’s a slew of festival circuit hits which…