Archive for the 2017 Category

THE POST

What would we do without the free press? Well, we’d certainly be a lot less annoyed as a nation. More importantly, though, we wouldn’t be informed and know what’s going on in the world. We rely on the work of relentless journalists and researchers in order to know […]

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

I love great drama films as much I love great films from any other genre. Like any other genre, though, it isn’t without its pitfalls. I love drama, but I hate melodrama. Many people watch movies to transport themselves into another world, drama usually being the closest […]

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THE SHAPE OF WATER

For me to be a fan of a director, they don’t have to consistently put out great, or even good films. Probably the biggest thing I love most about watching a film is seeing a director’s vision come to life in the most creative way possible. Guillermo […]

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PHANTOM THREAD

This is going to come off as a bit shocking, and rightfully so, but I have an awful confession to make: I have never seen a Paul Thomas Anderson film. I know, I know. I’m a terrible person. Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood and others […]

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MOLLY’S GAME

Screenwriting and directing are two completely different beasts. Writing a great screenplay requires an immense amount of craft and skill, but it’s a different kind of skill than what directing requires. Writing a good story is writing a good story, but actually bringing it to life visually with cameras, actors, […]

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2017 – YEAR IN REVIEW

Another year has come and gone, which of course means there were a lot of films to see. A lot of great ones, a lot of terrible ones, a lot of average ones. It’s just like any year, so just like any year, I have a list […]

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THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Ah, don’t you remember the joy of being a child? You had hardly a care in the world, only wanting to have fun and explore the world that seemed so huge and colorful. No matter what horrible things may have surrounded us, such as poverty, death, abuse and […]

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DARKEST HOUR

I’m pretty sure that Gary Oldman is my favorite actor ever. No matter the project, whether it’s being directed by Francis Ford Coppola or by some hack, the man always gives it his all. His all is never terrible, though. Even in the worst films, he can sometimes be that one […]

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LADY BIRD

As much as I love strong character work in film, it’s sometimes difficult for me to be invested if there’s not much of a narrative to go along with it. This is especially evident in coming of age films. For me, coming of age films mostly need two key things […]

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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

There seems to be this bizarre train of thought amongst my age demographic (millennials who grew up in the 1990’s) that the film Jumanji is a “classic”. It’s a perfectly fine adventure film with good performances, fun action setpieces, and visual effects that have aged as well as a glass of iced […]

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