In just a mere few hours, the 92nd Academy Awards will air worldwide, celebrating the supposed best of cinema of 2019. Those you follow my reviews and articles know already that I found 2019 to be a rather sub-par year for film. While there were a few occasional memorable gems, the end result almost felt […]Read More Every 2020 OSCAR Nominated Film Ranked
Any film which opens with two quotes from both Shakespeare and Beyoncé should at the very least live up to the hype of these two living legends. In the case of Come to Daddy, I’m unsure if director Ant Timpson received this memo. For a directorial debut with a title so wildly cringy, one would […]Read More COME TO DADDY – REVIEW
Loneliness is a feeling to latch onto. Driving in some endless space, waiting for something to hold when trying not to let go of the world. Maybe that’s a story to connect with, or often one person. In Ode to Nothing‘s case, that person isn’t even alive. Director Dwein Baltazar crafts one of the finest […]Read More Ode to Nothing is an Ode to More Than Just Nothing
Whether if it’s culture clash, genre intrigue, or strictly coordinated production management, Anime for better for worse has translated rapidly onto an international scale in the past decade. While films produced by Studio Ghibli have been premiering since the early festival days of the 1990’s, the television and theatrical movement of more globally distributed content […]Read More A Look Into the World of Makoto Shinkai
The highest grossing film of all time is Avengers: Endgame, and the most nominated film at this year’s Academy Awards is Joker. Comic book culture — and by extension, nerd culture — has gone mainstream. Casting news about upcoming superhero movies has become full of unexpected stars (would you expect Rachel Weisz to star in […]Read More THE NERDS WON THE CULTURE WAR… WHAT NOW?
Alex Garland made his directorial debut with Ex Machina in 2014 and instead of giving us this idealized submissive version of artificial intelligence, we get something far more untamed in the guise of a charming young woman in a machine’s body. And somehow, it’s exactly what we deserve.Read More Throwback Thursday: Ex Machina and Subverting Expectations
The first word that comes to mind when Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole opens is ‘sick’. The city is sick with war, saturated greens and yellows appear through the stark white and gray of post-war Stalingrad. This is not the green of life, but a hue of suffering and decay. The white light that filters through the […]Read More The Harsh Warmth of Beanpole