Archive for the Drama Category

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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COLOSSAL

We certainly don’t get enough kaiju films. Everybody needs their form of escapism, and those are mine. Enough with the comic book films! Bring on the monsters! I get why they don’t work for everyone, though. They usually lack strong stories, or notable characters; the monsters themselves […]

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POWER RANGERS

I don’t really have any nostalgia for the Power Rangers. It’s strange, since it’s a show I often watched as a young child and owned a lot of toys of, but I never kept much interest in it beyond that. I really only liked watching the big […]

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RAW

Blood and guts are disgusting, not scary. Jump scares are startling, not scary. I’m very particular when it comes to horror films. Great gore effects and a well executed jump scare can be effective, but they’ve been so poorly overdone to the point where the effect has […]

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LION

Another Oscar season, another film based on yet another one of those “incredible true stories”. A lot of people enjoy films based off real events, claiming that since the story actually happened, it’s more amazing to behold. While the logic is sound, most filmmakers and producers aren’t […]

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Why do you we enjoy going to the movies? Why do you we even like entertaining ourselves in the first place? Well, that’s because real life, for the most part, is boring. Sure, there are moments of excitement, but those times in between usually end up being […]

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HIDDEN FIGURES

Handling heavy subjects, such as racial inequality, requires a certain amount of tact. You need to make your point, but you don’t want to get too overt to where you lose focus on your characters and the story at hand. Many films strive to make a great […]

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