Archive for the 2018 Category

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

Filmmaking is an art form that is very technical, with new inventions and feats throughout its century long history. From silent films to talkies, black and white to color, special effects to visual effects, and from film to digital, the filmmaking landscaping is always changing. There’s always […]

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A STAR IS BORN

“Remake” is the kind of word that just puts a bad taste in your mouth, making you want to spit. What’s the point of telling the same story that’s already been told, right? Well, I agree, but humans have been telling pretty much the same dozen or […]

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ROMA

Understated film direction often doesn’t get the credit it deserves. When some people look for “good direction”, they look for something with a lot of style, action, and just a lot of stuff going on in the camera in general. That’s certainly all direction, but people seem […]

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THE FAVOURITE

Since I’m just a simple American, I couldn’t be asked to care even one iota about the British Royal family. I find monarchies to be incredibly antiquated and practically useless now, especially to me, as they don’t have much effect over here. That doesn’t mean their history […]

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GREEN BOOK

You know those quaint little movies from the 90’s like Forrest Gump? Excellent film, no doubt, but as a story that covers a man’s life through decades of American history, it all felt a little bit too sanitized and optimistic for its own good. It deals with such […]

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VICE

There are few things that can ruin an artist quite like ego. After any success, it’s logical to be excited about your abilities getting validated and moving onto the next best thing. Ego is like a poisonous well, though. Every time an artist goes back to drink […]

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

I consider Moonlight to be the best drama of this decade so far, and with how huge of an impact it had on me, it basically gave writer/director Barry Jenkins carte blanche to do whatever he wanted in my mind. However, when a filmmaker makes such a strong debut, […]

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2018 – YEAR IN REVIEW

I’m sure the number will only increase next year, but 2018 is now my new record for over 70 films reviewed. While I have seen more films than the last two years, this year has unfortunately felt much weaker than those. Don’t get me wrong. Just like […]

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BUMBLEBEE

Michael Bay’s Transformers series is probably the worst blockbuster franchise of all time. I don’t mean that as hyperbole either. I hate those films, but so do a lot of other people. They’re constantly ravaged by critics and as the diminishing box office returns have shown, even audiences are getting sick […]

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BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH

With video games being the one and only exception, experiencing art is a completely passive activity, with no actual impact on the art coming from the person being entertained. When we watch a movie, we’re not consulted about how the story goes, or what decisions the characters […]

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