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

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The Manchurian Candidate(s): How 60’s Cinema Foresaw The Future

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

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

Sci-Fi Novels We’d Love to See on the Big Screen: Part I

Books adapted for the screen (big or small) tend to create a vocal audience. There’s always concerns about casting the right actors or what plot points might have to be sacrificed. Hollywood isn’t known for its loyalty to the text, but some works don’t translate well to the big screen. There have been a few … Continue reading Sci-Fi Novels We’d Love to See on the Big Screen: Part I