‘Gretel & Hansel’ Review – Superb Style Almost Makes Up for a Laborious Pace

The prospect of yet another take on the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale will probably make you roll your eyes at first. As one of the most popular Brothers Grimm stories, it has been through countless retellings and adaptations for more than two centuries. When you have versions of the tale that range from stoner…

Op-ed: ‘6 Underground’ Should Be Classified as a Form of Pollution

It might sound ridiculous to call Michael Bay an auteur, but when it comes to large scale action presented to you in the most machismo and commercialized way possible- there is no greater artist than Bay. The director began his career making music videos before shifting towards commercials, where his campaigns for Miller Lite and…

‘Richard Jewell’ Review – Clint Eastwood’s Kind Tale is Engrossing, Understated, and Moving

July 27th, 1996, a bomb exploded at Centennial Park in midst of the Summer Olympics. Two people died. A tragedy that has been largely forgotten, whether it be the mistreatment of Jewell or the bombing. Clint Eastwood's film is fantastically well-made, moving, and full of heart. Starring Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya, BlacKkKlansman), Kathy Bates,…

‘Underwater’ Review – A Surprisingly Solid Subterranean Thrill

Underwater, the new horror thriller from director William Eubank (The Signal), has received multiple comparisons to Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien. There is certainly some merit in this praise. Both films feature a tight-knit crew working together in a confined space- for Alien it is a merchant vessel in the farthest reaches of space, for Underwater…

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Review – Good, but Not Good Enough

I never grew up with the Terminator franchise. I knew the movies existed, but my only familiarity was with the arcade games, which I rarely played. I am not sure if this makes me a better or worse judge of the latest installment, Terminator: Dark Fate, which leans on a few easy hits of nostalgia. The…

‘Parasite’ Review – Yes, It’s Really That Good

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park once promoted the idea that genre is dead, and it has stuck with me ever since. His band always experimented with different music genres, an idea that certainly did not start with them but did take off as they and other similar artists brought a bold new mixture of sounds…

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review – A Gorgeous but Dull Waste of Potential

When it comes to the soulless, lifeless Disney remakes, Maleficent is one of the only ones that gets a pass. Instead of being a nearly shot for shot rehash of something we already know (except done far worse), it actually attempted something different by switching the story of Sleeping Beauty over to the villain’s perspective, and the…

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Review – A Tale of Indescribable Romance and Intimacy | London Film Festival 2019

The beauty and elegance of Portrait of a Lady on Fire are indescribable. The sensation and contagiousness of this love story will no doubt go down in cinematic history. Like Call Me by Your Name, Portrait succeeds in capturing a delicate intimacy unlike nothing cinema has ever given, its chillingly perfect in its slow dance into…

In the Tall Grass review – Lures You Into Its Maze and Doesn’t Let Go

It’s a great time to be a Stephen King fan. The past couple of years have been a sort of resurgence for the author and his place in pop culture, mostly thanks to 2017’s wildly successful It adaptation. Now it feels like a new King film, television series, book, or any of the three that’s noticeably…

Between Two Ferns: The Movie review – Zach Galifianakis Sits Down with Celebrities Galore

What on Earth can you expect from a feature-length version of Between Two Ferns, the Funny or Die shorts where Zach Galifianakis has (horribly) interviewed various celebrities for over a decade now? The answer is...pretty much the same thing we’ve been getting, held together by a thin narrative that dips in and out of cohesiveness.…