Archive for the Drama Category

BEST F(R)IENDS: VOLUME ONE

Who doesn’t love Tommy Wiseau’s trashterpiece The Room? Considered by many “the best bad movie ever made”, the reason why is because of the sheer amount of passion that went into it. Passion doesn’t really mean a whole lot, if you don’t have the talent to back it up, though. The Room is evidence of that, […]

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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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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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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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THE DISASTER ARTIST

What’s there to say about Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 masterpiece The Room that hasn’t already been said? Simply put, it’s the greatest bad film ever made. In a more complicated way, it’s The Godfather of terrible filmmaking. Completely inept in every single way. A hilariously pathetic attempt by a man with a gigantic ego […]

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Characterization is a tricky thing, because it’s not just about how well the character is written, but also about how well that character is portrayed. When you have humanized, perfectly developed characters, you need the right actors to bring them to life. Not somebody who simply matches their physical […]

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