I'm a huge fan of the first Guardians. I saw it three times in theaters, spread the gospel of Star-Lord and his space misfits to my whole family, and had the soundtrack on repeat like so many other fans. Now almost three years later, I'm in a totally different place in my life than I … Continue reading An Unexpectedly Depressing but Awesome Sequel: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review
DISCLAIMER: This is not a plea to continue whitewashing and we are in no way celebrating intolerance. This is not a piece to be used to further hateful rhetoric. This week, the American live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell hits the big screen and lots of great vitriol has come out about the casting of Scarlett … Continue reading Ghost in the Shell: An Unwarranted Controversy(?)
“I tried to be kind, it only made me colder.” Faye (Rooney Mara) follows the curtains of a hotel room she and BV (Ryan Gosling) are staying in. BV asks her, “Do you love me?” and Faye smiles directly to the camera, and says, “Yes.” She turns to her left and BV repeats the question, and with … Continue reading Terrence Malick at his best & most romantic: Song to Song Review
The most audacious mainstream film since last year's Batman v Superman is Gore Verbinski's new modern nightmare, A Cure for Wellness . It is tough believe a studio put up 40 million dollars for a film such as this. Yet, I've seen it, it surely exists, and I sure am happy it does. Essentially, director Gore Verbinski, known … Continue reading An Audacious Flop: In Defense of A Cure For Wellness
I had the weirdest emotional response to John Wick: Chapter 2, a spiraling symphony of violence and vengeance. Sitting in a crowded theatre by myself is something I've grown accustomed to and usually I'm more hopeful and excited about the films I see alone. However, this sense of glee and optimism soon faded. There was this potent feeling of … Continue reading Isolation & Violence: The World of John Wick
BONKERS! The performances were beautifully bonkers, the music was bonkers in all the right ways, and the monologues were insanely bonkers. I don't think I've ever called a film bonkers before until I witnessed Inherent Vice.
Last month, the Oscar nominations were announced and thankfully, the acting and behind the scenes categories featured a far more diverse crowd. Producers are thankfully making more diverse films and rightfully made sure the Academy got a hold of them.
There are many things I can say about the state of cinema this year and not one of them involves the hyperbolic statement, Cinema is dying or is dead. It's just evolving, which is what film has been doing since it's creation.
Damien Chazelle’s hit sophomore film, Whiplash, was a film that made me fear Jazz music whenever I heard it. With his newest film, La La Land, Chazelle has made me fall in love with not only jazz and cinema, but life in general. One of the few films where people were clapping in the middle … Continue reading One of the Best Films of the Decade: La La Land Review
Jim Jarmusch is one of the few directors that I'd refer to as melancholic. His films usually don't have any conflict and are driven through minor conflicts that the characters find themselves in. While not much happens you find a sense of realism to it, whether you like it or not. Out of the few … Continue reading The Moving Poetry of the Mundane: Paterson Review