The Quiet Brilliance of Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods

Little Woods is a quiet film. There is nothing flashy about it. The physical experience of this movie—from its soundtrack to its color palette—is unassuming and muted. But that’s because the vehemence of Little Woods lies in its compelling performances and the power of its story and message. Nia DaCosta masterfully brings this all together, … Continue reading The Quiet Brilliance of Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods

What Marvel Studios set out to do was a gamble. Then it changed Hollywood.

The Gamble The year was 2003. In a compact office on Santa Monica Boulevard, a small group of staffers were writing script notes to studios who were making films about some pretty popular comic book characters—characters which were technically owned by their employer. This was Marvel Studios then, a tiny operation whose biggest products were … Continue reading What Marvel Studios set out to do was a gamble. Then it changed Hollywood.

Unicorn Store – Wonder, Magic, and Growing Up Without Losing Yourself

To say that Brie Larson is having a good year would be a bit of an understatement. The Oscar-winning actress smashed through the patriarchy and box office records with Captain Marvel, and less than two months later is set to reprise the role of Carol Danvers in Avengers: Endgame, a little film that’s all but guaranteed … Continue reading Unicorn Store – Wonder, Magic, and Growing Up Without Losing Yourself

From Cave to Space: Iron Man’s Legacy

When Marvel Studios was casting for Iron Man in 2006, Jon Favreau—who was hired to direct the first film of the nascent movie studio just months before—wanted to cast reformed Hollywood bad boy Robert Downey Jr. to play the titular character. Kevin Feige (then only second in command in the Marvel Studios hierarchy) strongly supported … Continue reading From Cave to Space: Iron Man’s Legacy

“The Best of Enemies” is This Year’s Green Book, and That’s Not Good

Will we never learn? With the wound of the  offensive and irresponsible Academy Award winning Green Book still open and bleeding, Hollywood has, after only a little more than a month later, bestowed upon us yet another plain, sanitized look at racial tensions in the South during the 60s and 70s. The Best of Enemies isn’t quite … Continue reading “The Best of Enemies” is This Year’s Green Book, and That’s Not Good

“Us” is Unsettling, Bloody, and One Hell of a Thought-Provoking Ride

If, for whatever reason, you were still having doubts that Jordan Peele, half the mind behind Key and Peele, which filled the void left from Chappelle's Show, and the entire mind behind 2017's monster hit Get Out, as well as the upcoming Twilight Zone reboot, consider them extinguished with the release of Us. Peele has … Continue reading “Us” is Unsettling, Bloody, and One Hell of a Thought-Provoking Ride

The Lobster – Love by Regulation

I really reject the repeated notion that “Hollywood is out of ideas”. You hear that over and over again, and it’s simply not true. There are endless original movies being made every day by an endless amount of filmmakers both new and old, but most people just don’t go see them. It’s something I quickly … Continue reading The Lobster – Love by Regulation

Climax – Dancing and Descending Into Madness

I have never seen anything quite like Climax, the hallucinatory, drug-and-sex-fueled hour and a half of chaos helmed by Argentine-French writer and director Gaspar Noé. At moments it is beautiful, at others it’s manic and depraved, and at others it’s transcendent of its own art form. It’s horrifying, hypnotic, seductive, and impossible to look away … Continue reading Climax – Dancing and Descending Into Madness

Swiss Army Man – The Weird, Artsy Farting Corpse Movie

I don’t really know what to make of Swiss Army Man. It’s impossible to pin down exactly what it is - it’s doesn’t fit into the confines of any one genre (I guess comedy / adventure would be the closest),  it’s incredibly strange and is proud to be so, its humor goes back and forth … Continue reading Swiss Army Man – The Weird, Artsy Farting Corpse Movie

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” Emphasizes Education and Cooperation to Tell an Inspiring True Story

Chiwetel Ejiofor has proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with onscreen. With notable roles in films such as 12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange, The Martian, Children of Men, and more, the actor has shown a wide range of emotion and versatility. In Netflix’s latest film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, … Continue reading “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” Emphasizes Education and Cooperation to Tell an Inspiring True Story