Category Archives: Movie Reviews

REVIEW: “SPENCER” (2021)

Having high hopes going into director Pablo Larrain’s “SPENCER” considering how much I enjoyed ‘Jackie‘, I was surprised to find myself truly wondering what it was that I was watching and then remembering the word ‘fable’ being brought out at the beginning. And that is at least somewhat of an explanation for this sad tale […]

REVIEW: “SPENCER” (2021) Neon Films

BLACK FRIDAY: Fun Horror Comedy for the Holidays

I’ve always wondered why Black Friday had not been explored in a horror film. Director Casey Tebo and writer Andy Greskoviak finally give the much-deserved holiday-horror treatment to a day that almost looks like a horror movie in real life. Black Friday brings infected, gooey bodies to this familiar shopping holiday and manages to feel at…

BLACK FRIDAY: Fun Horror Comedy for the Holidays

The French Dispatch: The Wes Anderson to End All Wes Andersons’

I was so excited to see this, better late than never! The Plot;The film is set within the universe of a fictional 20th-century magazine, based in a beautiful make-believe French city. We meet many characters who have many stories to tell, all of which make up the sections within the next issue of The French […]

The French Dispatch: The Wes Anderson to End All Wes Andersons’

The Power of the Dog (2021) Review

Time: 126 Minutes Age Rating: Animal cruelty & content that may disturb Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank Kirsten Dunst as Rose Gordon Jesse Plemons as George Burbank Kodi Smit-McPhee as Peter Gordon Thomasin McKenzie as Lola Genevieve Lemon as Mrs. Lewis Keith Carradine as Governor Edward Frances Conroy as Old Lady Director: Jane Campion […]

The Power of the Dog (2021) Review

Nosferatu: A Bold Vision of a Familiar Story

a story become too familiar? After almost a century of Dracula narratives, whether they are adapted directly from the Bram Stoker novel or not, the character and his arc feels as familiar as a family heirloom, passed down the generations. This is part of why F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” is the adaptation of the story I come back to more often than any other- Murnau’s film feels like an oddity, like that weird uncle you don’t really want to talk about. And yet, it still has a place in the family, because the DNA remains constant.

Nosferatu: A Bold Vision of a Familiar Story

The Nature of Violence & Fate in No Country for Old Men

I have always been a huge fan of The Coen Brothers and a lot of that is due to my Dad who introduced Fargo, Oh Brother Where Art Thou and The Big Lebowski into our household. I always got excited when a new film of theirs was announced. Ethan Coen appears to have retired from […]

Can’t Stop What’s Comin: The Nature of Violence & Fate in No Country for Old Men

CODA

Apple TV + hasn’t exactly established itself as the go-to place for new movies; Ted Lasso is probably the biggest draw to date. But they certainly made a splash paying $25 million at Sundance for CODA, writer and director Sian Heder’s slight but utterly charming film about a fishing family living with deafness. CODA is […]

CODA

Aloners

Korean cinema goes from strength to strength; the successes, including Parasite, are well-known, but the sheer breadth of quality films that have emerged over the last decade mark out Korean films as one of the most booming film-cultures. Aloners is a first time feature, but doesn’t feel like it; Hong Sung-eun’s film is something of […]

Aloners

Beasts Clawing at Straws

The presence of 2021 Oscar-winner Yuh-Jung Youn, now forever to be knows as the ‘granny from Minari’, is the obvious selling point for Kim Yong-hoon’s assured debut feature. But there’s a lot more going on here, and the long-time Brad Pitt fan only features in a few scenes, although her character is certainly memorable and […]

Beasts Clutching at Straws

“Belfast” takes us back to the City’s “Bad Old Days”

A film of consequence and warning, Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” takes us back to the beginning of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland and lets us see them through the eyes of a little boy. A very personal story equal parts pathos and warmth, it sentimentalizes the region’s “Bad Old Days” even as it reminds us and […]

Movie Review: “Belfast” takes us back to the City’s “Bad Old Days”

A hostage, a gunman, a bank — “Blonde. Purple”

“Blonde. Purple” is a heist tale/hostage thriller with vague pretenses of Tarantino or Guy Ritchie and little of the style, panache, wit or adrenalin of either of them at their worst. The odd moment of acting heat dissipates in a sea of words, too much of it set in a bank where a failed robber […]

Movie Review: A hostage, a gunman, a bank — “Blonde. Purple”