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…

Your Name May Be the Movie that Japan Needs

So a little-marketed movie named Your Name just broke a box office record for being the highest grossing anime movie of all time. Before all you ask, yes it did better than Spirited Away (2001). Not only that, but it managed to become a smash hit in Japan, becoming the second movie ever to break the hundred million dollar…

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…

The Best Films I Saw in 2016

Any good film enthusiast has their own list of the best films of the year. I didn’t get to see all the films I had hoped to see in 2016, but I managed to see quite a few. I figure ten is a good number to count down from because it adds a degree of…

Dissecting the Struggle to Create a Christmas Classic

Every year around this time, millions of people gather at their homes to reminisce about Christmases past. They’ll drink their cocoa, design their gingerbread houses and watch a holiday movie to get them in the mood. Fortunately for these people, the Christmas culture has become an almost inescapable phenomenon and as a result, they’re search for…

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…