Review: ‘Retrograde’ Depicts the Harrowing Last Days in Afganistan

In 2002, American forces engaged and took control of Afghanistan. Twenty years later, America left the region as fractured and dangerous as ever. In terms of American involvement, the stalemate with the Taliban simply prolonged the action and expanded the resources required to mount a long-term occupation of the country. Regardless of where you sit … Continue reading Review: ‘Retrograde’ Depicts the Harrowing Last Days in Afganistan

Review: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ – A Nostalgic Rock Through 2000s Rock

Early 2000s pop culture is often defined by its proximity to the destruction of the World Trade Center. It’s hard to fully articulate how instantaneous the effects of the event were, but the moment shook the Earth in policies, societal mentalities, and of course pop culture. In the shadows of 9/11, a new scene emerged. … Continue reading Review: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ – A Nostalgic Rock Through 2000s Rock

Review: ‘Is That Black Enough For You?!?’ Celebrates an Integral Moment in Film History

Transitioning from the world of criticism to the director's chair can be a daunting task. Some critics have done it over time, but outside of Peter Bogdonovich, few have stuck the landing. However, few critics approach the medium quite like Elvis Mitchell. Mitchell, a former critic for the New York Times and KCRW in Los … Continue reading Review: ‘Is That Black Enough For You?!?’ Celebrates an Integral Moment in Film History

Review: ‘Calender Girls’ Will Brighten Your Day

For many moviegoers, the cineplex helps us escape from our daily lives. Yet for others, exploring the stories of someone different than us helps reorient our experiences. If you are looking for a fun time, sometimes spending time with the girls is all you need to improve your mood. Luckily, Calendar Girls from directors Maria … Continue reading Review: ‘Calender Girls’ Will Brighten Your Day

Review: ‘Good Night Oppy’ Delivers Hope and Personal Stakes to an Adventure in the Stars

The idea of traveling to Mars has long fascinated creatives and scientists. Apart from those who believe a settlement on Mars is merely a matter of time, the planet has long drawn interest. Its similarity to Earth cannot be ignored, yet its inhospitable nature makes us wonder what might have been. Perhaps more importantly, it … Continue reading Review: ‘Good Night Oppy’ Delivers Hope and Personal Stakes to an Adventure in the Stars

Review: ‘Billy Flanigan: The Happiest Man on Earth’ Strives for More than a Human Interest Story

Appearances can be deceiving, and the exploration of a person's life can yield surprising results. On its face, the documentary Billy Flanigan: The Happiest Man on Earth appears to be a fun discussion about the life of a Disney performer. As those within the theme park community know, these kinds of films have been extremely … Continue reading Review: ‘Billy Flanigan: The Happiest Man on Earth’ Strives for More than a Human Interest Story

Review: ‘The Redeem Team’ Provides a Basic Snapshot of a Sport-Altering Event

Even for the layman fan, the summer of 2008 remains integral in shaping the game of basketball. The Boston Celtics had just won the championship with the Big 3, headed by Kevin Garnett. Kobe Bryant, after years in the wilderness, had returned to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2004. The 7 seconds … Continue reading Review: ‘The Redeem Team’ Provides a Basic Snapshot of a Sport-Altering Event

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Lynch/Oz’ Contextualizes the Master and the Masterpiece

The exploration of how art influences the artist often seems to be a fruitful endeavor. After all, we do not wake up one morning and decide to create out of thin air. An idea permeates our mind, our soul, and our emotions. It burrows its way into our minds until there is no way forward … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Lynch/Oz’ Contextualizes the Master and the Masterpiece

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘A Life on the Farm’ Foregrounds Earnest Amateurism

Colloquial use of “found footage” conditioned most audiences to expect horror stories. Yet not all abandoned or forgotten footage drives audiences to nightmares. In fact, most home movies provide unique, unfiltered visions of a family. The life of the mundane rarely feels cinematic when we live it. Yet, for Charles Carson, his absurd honesty and … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘A Life on the Farm’ Foregrounds Earnest Amateurism

Review: ‘From the Hood to the Holler’ Takes Us Behind the Political Veil

The idea of entering politics feels impossible for most of us. After all, who wants to spend their time-fighting in public? The sheer act of running for office opens the prospective politician and their family to scrutiny on every level. For Charles Booker, his choice to run for the US Senate is far more personal. … Continue reading Review: ‘From the Hood to the Holler’ Takes Us Behind the Political Veil