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…

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…

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…

November is the Black Friday of Movie Months

November is well under way and as the leaves begin to fall and the brisk air chills through your early mornings, the days get shorter and the light fades. People are now free to spend more time inside without having to make some excuse for being sick or tired or having a pretend hobby people care about….

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…

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…

Split is M. Night Shyamalan’s Love Letter to Hitchcock

Back in film school, I ended up watching a lot of films from a variety of directors. I think it was good to have that kind of exposure to all different kinds of cinema. That being said, we never spent a lot of time focusing on the work of directors. Auteur theory was drilled into our…

Dissecting the Struggle to Create a Christmas Classic

Every year around this time, millions of people gather at their homes to reminisce about Christmases past. They’ll drink their cocoa, design their gingerbread houses and watch a holiday movie to get them in the mood. Fortunately for these people, the Christmas culture has become an almost inescapable phenomenon and as a result, they’re search for…

Why This Election Season Is Perfect For “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

A tall male figure stands in front of a large crowd and preaches about the necessary changes this mostly-dead society must make to survive. This man wants a job. He wants this job so badly, even though he really hasn’t had the much necessary experience  the position requires. His sycophantic zombie audience seems ready to send him…