The Best Films of 2018 (A Little Late, I Know)

Come one, come all! Awards season is upon us. Luckily (?) for us, this awards season seems particularly lacking in the “seasoning” department. Now why could that be? Maybe the Academy is tired of the drama for once? Either way, after the Globes and the SAG awards, the predictability seems at an all time high…

Animation Could Fix The Foundational Flaws In The Cinema Of Today

We’re well into the Oscar season of 2018 and there’s not a whole lot to show for it, despite high anticipation. Perhaps we’re being too eager and the big studios are playing this one close to the chest (i.e. eyeing Christmas/late December releases), but then again, Get Out set a standard for early-released films making…

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…

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….

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…

What a (Kinda) Horrific Year

It’s near enough Halloween for people to bust out their old copies of Halloween Town or any of the Saw movies and settle in for the strange American tradition of scaring yourself for kicks. The fall usually brings a host of films up for Oscar contention, but not before the last remains of cinematic waste make their Halloween…

The Conundrum With Reserved Movie Seating

It’s ubiquitous. Nearly every major chain has some iteration of it now. To some, it’s the panacea to every ailment bogging down the contemporary moviegoer, a quick-fix to the hassle of organization. To others, it’s the bane of their moviegoing existence. It’s the reason that it’s no longer fun to go to midnight premieres as…

Luc Besson’s Bumpy Career Trajectory

Three years ago, I was sitting in an apartment on a cold December night watching the ending of Leon: The Professional. It was my first time seeing the film and I was simply blown away. The raw emotion that you felt at the end of that film eclipses many of the flaws that stymy it’s legacy….