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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

Why Rogue Comic Book Adaptions Are the Key to The Genre’s Survival

I’ve written at length about the over-saturation of the superhero genre, so I needn’t dedicate an entire post to such subjects. I would just like to say that, just as Rome before it, the Marvel empire will fall and pave the way for potentially better things. For now, we live in a cinematic world that…

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….

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…