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
The fall/winter film season is finally here! After a disappointing summer season, we're finally in the "prestige" film months, and get to see the films that studios have been hiding all year. We're especially excited because there's not only Oscar contenders coming up, but some of the most popular festival films ever to grace the silver screen. From Manchester … Continue reading Essential Viewings for November – December
Watching events unfold in America from over in Canada is a bit fun, at least in a morbid sense. It's fun because we, at least under a thought that we are in safe hands, are watching America continue to crumble more and more. But at the same time, it’s saddening. I have many American friends … Continue reading The Manchurian Candidate(s): How 60’s Cinema Foresaw The Future
Strange is a rather accurate word to describe the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you think about it, it's probably the most unique and successful marketing idea of the 21st century. The MCU is officially the highest grossing franchise of all time, almost doubling the domestic gross of the number two spot, Harry Potter, despite the … Continue reading Surprising & Redemptive: Doctor Strange Review
Who is you? That is the titular question at hand during the entirety of Barry Jenkins' visceral character study, Moonlight. After a string of underwhelming films this year, such as Jason Bourne and Cafe Society, I was floored when Moonlight not only delivered, but inspired me as well. As a filmmaker, it is common to hear, … Continue reading A Searing Portrait of Repressed Identity: Moonlight Review