Review: A Christmas Story Christmas – The Rare Sequel that Elevates the Original

I will be the first to admit that A Christmas Story is not my go-to holiday film. I find the narration distractingly wordy, the acting stilted, and the protagonist Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley)insufferable in his misguided quest for a Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle. That said, my wife’s dedication to … Continue reading Review: A Christmas Story Christmas – The Rare Sequel that Elevates the Original

Review: “Rosaline” breathes new life into a tired story 

The story of Romeo and Juliet has been told and retold, adapted, modernized, reversed, gender-bent, Gnomified, and otherwise produced ad nauseam for over four centuries with varying degrees of quality, originality, and artistic value. Now along comes Rosaline, a new take on the story that not only introduces new characters but also subverts expectations regarding … Continue reading Review: “Rosaline” breathes new life into a tired story 

Review: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Struggles With Its Uninspired Story

Riddled in behind-the-scenes controversies and news-grabbing headlines and serving as her sophomore follow-up to the well-received Booksmart, Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling was one of the hotly anticipated movies of the year. With a stacked cast, solid director, and the (unfulfilled) promise of a timely thriller with something to say, there was a lot to be excited for. However, … Continue reading Review: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Struggles With Its Uninspired Story

Review: ‘The Princess’ wants to be ‘Die Hard’ in a Castle

Le-Van Kiet's The Princess is, based on-premise, a very simple film. The storyline is straightforward, and the setting is almost entirely unvarying. Neither of these things are necessarily detrimental to a film if done correctly. Kiet manages to present a tight, if not wholly interesting, final product. Most of the fault for the film's shortcomings … Continue reading Review: ‘The Princess’ wants to be ‘Die Hard’ in a Castle

Star Wars Celebration Chicago: Episode IX Trailer

Star Wars Celebration Chicago is in full swing and it wasn’t long before Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Episode IX director J.J. Abrams released a bit of information that is sure to keep the energy and buzzing high throughout the weekend. While some other topics are buzzworthy, such as the upcoming Disney+ live-action series The … Continue reading Star Wars Celebration Chicago: Episode IX Trailer

2009 In Review: ‘Fanboys’ – A Love Letter To Passionate Fans

There was a period of time between 2005 and 2015 when it seemed like there would be no more Star Wars movies. No film for avid fans to rally around, cheer for, or ultimately berate endlessly. Then, in 2009, a new hope emerged. A long-gestating independent film called Fanboys was released. Most independent films do … Continue reading 2009 In Review: ‘Fanboys’ – A Love Letter To Passionate Fans