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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Beastly Problem that is Censorship in Cinema

We’re coming into the full swing of spring and if you didn’t know any better, you might think it was the beginning of the summer movie season considering the straight month of new, big-budget releases that March has coming. The good news is that it has a little bit of something for everyone. Want a…

Moonlight Teaches Us How To Tell A Life Story, Take Note

When Boyhood came out in 2014, it had a lot of hype around it. Not only because it took Richard Linklater 12 years to film (which was really only 36 weeks), but because it supposedly gave audiences something to dwell on. The idea was that the use of ‘actual time’ as an element in the film played…

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…

In Silence, Martin Scorsese Finally Answers His Catholic Guilt

The first movie I watched in 2017 was absolutely the right way to start off 2017. After the lackluster cinematic year that we had last year, I was determined to spend the time mining for a nugget of celluloid gold, rather than waste my time indulging in the mediocrity the “new” January movies offer. That’s why I…