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…

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…

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…

Room for Squares

Scandinavia is hot right now – and that’s not something that they’re used to that far north. The design aesthetic that found its roots in the Bauhaus movement has grown into a giant Nordic tree. Brands like Ikea and H&M are easily recognizable across the world and both trace their roots back to the northern…

Why Rogue Comic Book Adaptions Are the Key to The Genre’s Survival

I’ve written at length about the over-saturation of the superhero genre, so I needn’t dedicate an entire post to such subjects. I would just like to say that, just as Rome before it, the Marvel empire will fall and pave the way for potentially better things. For now, we live in a cinematic world that…

From the Outside Looking In

When Australian rapper Iggy Azalea waxes poetic about the struggles she went though to make it big in the rap community on her song, “Work”, she repeats the refrain “No Money, No Family, Sixteen In The Middle of Miami“. That brief portrait of a young artist enduring poverty? It’s her way of establishing credibility amongst the…

The Hayakawa Effect

If you’ve been to the cinema in the last few weeks, you might have seen one of the “summer hits” the studios are still holding out for. Or maybe you’re just waiting around for Transformers 5? Not me, Mark Wahlberg! On the original-ish end of the cinematic spectrum, we have a few reworked films adapted from other…

Faces, Chases, And Lovers

In 1968, John Cassavetes made a film called Faces, which would become a seminal film in his oeuvre as well as a game changer for the post ‘Hay’s Code‘ film world. Faces was a film about a middle-aged couple, played by John Marley and Lynn Carlin, who are both having affairs with younger counterparts as…

Your Name May Be the Movie that Japan Needs

So a little-marketed movie named Your Name just broke a box office record for being the highest grossing anime movie of all time. Before all you ask, yes it did better than Spirited Away (2001). Not only that, but it managed to become a smash hit in Japan, becoming the second movie ever to break the hundred million dollar…

Material Girl in an Immaterial World

Well, it has been dubbed the year of horror by Vulture and anyone who has their eyes glued to current events. There’s a lot of truth to the former assertion as well, though some might more appropriately suggest the term ‘thriller’ instead. The box office has been kind to the grittier, more adult-oriented films thus far, with…