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…

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…

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…

Ja Rule and one Illusory, Righteously, Terrible Trend in Cinema

Every week I check the local listings at my neighborhood theaters to see what’s on that I haven’t heard of. Every week, there’s a few movies that catch my attention – a Bollywood hit, rerun of a classic, or I might perk up an ear for a movie like Sleight, which stayed under the radar…

Frantz and the Art of Letting Go

One hundred years ago, the world was in the midst of “The War to End all Wars”, which was apparently good enough to warrant a sequel and, with international tensions rising, maybe a trilogy? (If Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean taught us anything, it’s to stop at number two cause it just gets worse…