It’s fun researching new first-time Academy Award nominees, and often quite enlightening. No career path is the same, even if most, if not all of the beginnings communicate the same messages of struggle and perseverance. For 20th Century Women writer/director Mike Mills, the journey must have seemed long with its own peaks and valleys, but […]Read more "Thoroughly Modern Monday – 20th Century Women (2016)"
The line separating film and theatre is often fine enough to imagine a proscenium arch surrounding the aspect ratio, assuming such imagination is fitting. The acting styles and narrative beats may differ at times, but often enough, all that truly separates the two is a camera and the ability to edit storytelling. Those differences, however, […]Read more "Saturday Evening Fever – The Verdict (1982)"
Despite being a financially profitable action horror franchise for the better part of a decade and a half, Sony and writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson have decided to finally close up shop on the Resident Evil series with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. But can we really trust that it’s the final chapter? Part IV of […]Read more "Friday Night Lights, Camera, Action! – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)"
Show of hands: who considers themselves excited for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion comedy Isle of Dogs? Next show of hands: for those of you who raised their hands for the first question – yes, this is the Internet, but just pretend you did if you would have – how many of you own a jacket […]Read more "Thursdazed and Confused – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)"
One of the reasons the Oscars is always so exciting is the potential of new blood shining amongst a sea of weathered vets, maybe even pulling an upset and taking home the gold for themselves. There aren’t many newcomers in this year’s actors categories, but the name that stands out the most is Ruth Negga, […]Read more "Wednesdependents’ Day – Winter’s Bone (2010)"
You know a movie’s left a positive impression when the first thing you Google search afterwards is “species of trolls.” And no, not the ones you find in Internet comment sections and forums, you cheeky jerks. The Oscar nominations have been announced, and it’s go time for binging all of the nominated films, even the […]Read more "Tuesday of the World – Troll Hunter (2010)"
Remakes often earn a lot of justified criticism, but there is a real art to doing one correctly. Assuming the original film was a domestic production, it’s a must that the filmmakers change the story just enough to separate their version; for example, Vincent Vaughn’s Norman Bates voyeuristically masturbating to Anne Heche in Gus Van […]Read more "Thoroughly Modern Monday – Let Me In (2010)"