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…

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…

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….

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 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….

Just As Predicted: People Are Kinda Sick of Sequelcluture

I noted a little while ago how this summer is expected to be underwhelming at the box office. Some analysts have even gone so far as to predict that it will be a catastrophe. Well in the last few weeks, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Despicable Me 3 have done pretty well at the box office. Seeing those results…