Review: ‘Millennium Bugs’ – A Good Time for Slackers At Y2K

The idea of crafting nostalgia comedies is already tiring. Streamers have set up way too many comedies and dramas based around the power this creates in their audience, but rarely do these settings feel authentic. However, when a comedy can use it to amplify its messages, rather than rely on the era for nostalgia, it … Continue reading Review: ‘Millennium Bugs’ – A Good Time for Slackers At Y2K

Sundance 2023: ‘Magazine Dream’ – The Year of Jonathan Majors Begins With an Imperfect Character Study

Sometimes, the Sundance Film Festival mints new directors and stars. However, it can also be the necessary push to get the full attention of someone in the years before their breakthrough. Jonathan Majors is no stranger to the festival after earning raves for The Last Black Man in San Fransisco in 2019. The last few … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Magazine Dream’ – The Year of Jonathan Majors Begins With an Imperfect Character Study

Review: ‘Skinamarink’ Unsettles From the Word Go

The found footage genre continues to surprise as a fertile ground for new filmmaking talent. After The Blair Witch Project brought the style into the mainstream, it became commonplace over the next decade. Some of these films, like Paranormal Activity and REC became hits on their own merits. Many others struggled. Yet the process of … Continue reading Review: ‘Skinamarink’ Unsettles From the Word Go

Review: ‘Knock at the Cabin’ – Shyamalan Delivers His Most Earnest Film Since The Sixth Sense

Few directors inspire as many bipolar reactions as M. Night Shyamalan. Once known as the "Master of Twists," Shyamalan ran into a dry spell during the late 2000s. Some of his films during this time struggled with storytelling and failed to gain much of an audience. Most of all, the director's reputation became too tied … Continue reading Review: ‘Knock at the Cabin’ – Shyamalan Delivers His Most Earnest Film Since The Sixth Sense

The Last of Us: Episode 3 – ‘Long Long Time’ Recap

Written by Craig Mazin and directed by Peter Hoar, the third episode of The Last of Us gives us a love story in the apocalypse. The show does not ignore Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey), allowing them to bookend the episode. However, it runs a parallel story of love and protection over the … Continue reading The Last of Us: Episode 3 – ‘Long Long Time’ Recap

Review: ‘Free Skate’ Paints a Picture of Humanity Behind the Competition

Around the world, the push for athletic greatness poses a threat to children. Livelihoods can be created or lost on the success a young athlete may find in competitive arenas. The success of these athletes may represent something more significant for a country, but to the families involved, life can be pushed to the brink. … Continue reading Review: ‘Free Skate’ Paints a Picture of Humanity Behind the Competition

When It Melts Sundance Film Festival 2023 Veerle Baetens

Sundance 2023: ‘When It Melts’ Challenges the Audience and Reflects on Trauma

Reflecting on our past life can yield troubling memories. However, those who suffered as children are unlikely to see their lives through a positive lens. Even when we try to overcome these obstacles, the world rarely lets us move on in productive ways. First-time director Veerle Baetens uses her debut When It Melts to showcase … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘When It Melts’ Challenges the Audience and Reflects on Trauma

Sundance 2023: ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Shows the Horrors Experienced By Wartime Journalists

Almost one year ago, the world froze in fear. The war between the Ukraine and Russia drew the entire world's attention, and questions about intervention swam through conversations. As Russian soldiers advanced into the former USSR nation, horrifying videos and images began leaking out of Ukraine. The battles were terrible enough, but the true horrors … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Shows the Horrors Experienced By Wartime Journalists

Sundance 2023: ‘Fantastic Machine’ Bluntly Reveals the Beauty and Ills of Video

The camera remains one of the most powerful tools of the 21st century. For centuries, the ability to capture an image has shaped or altered the course of history. Yet in 2023, we have more access to take and create videos than ever before. However, with cameras running at all hours, what is the purpose … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Fantastic Machine’ Bluntly Reveals the Beauty and Ills of Video

Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘Take Me Home’ is a Unique Depiction of Sisterhood

Handling the death of a loved one is tricky. However, when one member of the family is cognitively disabled, the process requires extra care. Throughout Take Me Home, a short playing at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, the two sisters seem very much at odds. However, with time and effort, each sister begins to find … Continue reading Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘Take Me Home’ is a Unique Depiction of Sisterhood