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: Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ is His Best Film in Nearly Two Decades

When you are Steven Spielberg, when do you decide to tell your life story? The famed director crafted too many classics to name throughout his fifty-year career. One could argue that his style is the most important evolution in American cinema and has doomed storytellers to chase nostalgia. At the same time, he's poured his … Continue reading Review: Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ is His Best Film in Nearly Two Decades

Review: ‘Bardo’ is the Maximalist Film You Love to See

It's hard to feel bad for successful people. Even when life becomes difficult for them, they can rest easy knowing that professional validation and financial wealth keep them afloat. Few would feel sympathy for Alejandro González Iñárritu, the winner of back-to-back Directing Oscars in 2015 and 2016. The very legitimate question, "what do I do … Continue reading Review: ‘Bardo’ is the Maximalist Film You Love to See

“Bones and All” is NOT an Instant Classic from Luca Guadagnino

After having worked together on 2017’s Call Me By Your Name Luca Guadagnino and Timothee Chalamet pair up once more for Bones and All. Both movies tell the story of outcast lovers trying to find their place in the world. Both movies take place during the 1980s and are shot immaculately against stunning but different … Continue reading “Bones and All” is NOT an Instant Classic from Luca Guadagnino

Review: ‘The Inspection’ is Among the Year’s Best Debuts

The last few years have seen a rise in auto-biographical storytelling. With directors having the opportunity to make their passion projects, we're seeing an uptick in nostalgic filmmaking. However, The Inspection from newcomer Elegance Bratton does not look back on his youth with fondness. Instead, his debut film as a director focuses on the toughest … Continue reading Review: ‘The Inspection’ is Among the Year’s Best Debuts

Review: ‘The Menu’ Surprises with the Best Ensemble of the Year with Killer Commentary

The restaurant world has changed immensely in the past decade. While there have always been celebrity chefs, social media has boosted seemingly unknown talents to superstardom. Creating foods that go viral on TikTok became as important as a good meal. The experiential platform of restaurants has become a sought-after commodity. What was once a mystery … Continue reading Review: ‘The Menu’ Surprises with the Best Ensemble of the Year with Killer Commentary

Review: ‘Bones & All’ is an Instant Classic from Luca Guadagnino

One of the most unique filmmakers working today, Luca Guadagnino can traverse nearly any genre on paper. The man was once known for his showy visuals, most prominently in I Am Love and Call Me By Your Name. However, each of those films featured undeniable power from the lead performers, marrying unique imagery with a … Continue reading Review: ‘Bones & All’ is an Instant Classic from Luca Guadagnino

Streaming at Home: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Offers All Flash, Weak Substance

A literal war on women is far from over in America. Despite decades of progress, many of the most important freedoms provided to women were stripped away in the Dobbs Supreme Court decision. For the film industry, women continue to fight for big-budget, high concept movies. Rarely are they given the space to showcase their … Continue reading Streaming at Home: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Offers All Flash, Weak Substance

Streaming at Home: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Reminices on the Courtroom Melodrama

As eras of entertainment change, so do the preferences of audiences. However, the studio system has seemingly made a choice in the past decade: high risk for high gains. Superhero films and franchise IP represent the bulk of our big-budget releases, yet only some reach their financial potential. While a billion-dollar grosser sounds good on … Continue reading Streaming at Home: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Reminices on the Courtroom Melodrama

Spoiler-Free Review: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Delivers the Most Emotional MCU Film to Date

The passing of Chadwick Boseman was a seismic moment for the entertainment landscape. A few years after he became an icon for his portrayal of King T'Challa, the actor passed away from cancer. Once considered the next great leading man in Hollywood, the loss felt incalculable. For director Ryan Coogler, their friendship and activism went … Continue reading Spoiler-Free Review: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Delivers the Most Emotional MCU Film to Date