The Best Films of 2016

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.

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One of the Best Films of the Decade: La La Land Review

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

Essential Viewings for November – December

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

A Searing Portrait of Repressed Identity: Moonlight 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

Why You Need to See Kubo and the Two Strings

A beautiful woman navigates the seas one stormy night, her eyes heavy with sorrow and exhaustion. Powerful currents pull her back towards danger, but fear pushes her forward. A wave rises forty, fifty feet above her, and as it is about to crash down on her, she holds up a pick and strikes her three-stringed shamisen (Japanese lute). The … Continue reading Why You Need to See Kubo and the Two Strings