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…

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 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….

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….

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…

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…

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 Most Wonderful Time of Year For Movies

Thanksgiving has passed and that means the weather gets a bit more crisp, the night gets a little longer and the amount of films released per week begins to grow. December brings many things for the cinephiles of the world: huge blockbusters, a slew of indie films vying for their shot at the Oscar, and…

The Tumultuous Trade of Deception for Power

The movies have always had a certain power over me. From the moment that I sit down, my eyes become subject to whatever agenda is put in front of me, be it casual, ideologically driven or otherwise. Whether or not you find yourself in agreement with the characters or their choices, it would be committing…

Whit Stillman’s Parabolic Career Trajectory

I’ve been a fan of Whit Stillman for a long time and he’s a particularly easy director to follow, especially considering the meager nature of his oeuvre. The only complaint that I have about him is that he doesn’t work as consistently as I would like and I don’t seem to be the only one who…