Archive for the Drama Category

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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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Is a film really only as good as its screenplay? Well, films are visual mediums to tell stories, so it seems like a compelling story with strong characters would be the only way to keep things interesting. The “visual medium” part of that definition is key, though. Screenplays are […]

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BRIGSBY BEAR

Comedy comes in many different forms, many that I find very amusing. I have a very bizarre sense of humor. I really like absurdity, surrealism, dryness, satire, and a whole bunch of categories of different comedy. It’s why I can never really pinpoint what I really find […]

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WIND RIVER

One of my favorite things to do as a lover of film is keep track of the careers of budding artists. Taylor Sheridan is one of those artists. Starting out as a television actor in the 90’s, he moved onto bigger roles in popular shows like Veronica […]

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INGRID GOES WEST

I love films about crazy people. They provide a vessel for us to experience stories that bring us out of our comfort zone, sometimes making us root for the chaos that’s happening on screen. It also allows for actors to break out of their mold, try something […]

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A GHOST STORY

When you hear about a film entitled A Ghost Story, you expect a cheap, schlocky, forgettable horror film. When you see that the film is actually about a hunched over Casey Affleck wearing a white sheet over him and going through a journey of life, death, time, […]

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DETROIT

You have to be wary of those films out there that are marketed as, “The terrifying secret you never knew behind this big historical event.” 99% of the time it rings completely hollow and the films are usually just falsely crafted narratives to increase dramatic tension. There’s always that 1%, […]

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IT COMES AT NIGHT

One of the main criticisms levied against horror films is that they’re often devoid of any sort of characterization, story, or thematic depth. Sure, the main intent is to scare you and if a horror film does so, it technically succeeds, but where’s the fun if there’s […]

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THE LOST CITY OF Z

Telling a story about a real life person can have some challenges, especially if the story you want to tell encapsulates almost two decades of the person’s life. The fact of the matter is, films have certain structures that not just offer for engaging narratives, but allows […]

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