Animation Could Fix The Foundational Flaws In The Cinema Of Today

We’re well into the Oscar season of 2018 and there’s not a whole lot to show for it, despite high anticipation. Perhaps we’re being too eager and the big studios are playing this one close to the chest (i.e. eyeing Christmas/late December releases), but then again, Get Out set a standard for early-released films making…

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 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 Top 10 Films I Saw in 2017

Well we’ve made it to the end of another year, which means another numerical judgement of any number of things. I use this platform as an opportunity to share some thoughts on films that stuck with me throughout the year. Luckily for all, there were many that I never had the chance to touch on…

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…

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…

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…