Review: ‘King Richard’ Rises Around Will Smith’s Grand Slam Performance

Few movie stars have attained relevance in four consecutive decades. The list becomes even smaller when you look to people of color. Denzel Washington's five-decade run has been peerless in terms of critical reception and awards recognition. Yet Will Smith's career, spanning music, television, and Hollywood blockbusters, is just as unlikely. While Smith seemingly coasted … Continue reading Review: ‘King Richard’ Rises Around Will Smith’s Grand Slam Performance

Fantasia Festival 2021: ‘The Last Thing Mary Saw’ Will Haunt Your Nightmares

Tragedy begets tragedy, and star-crossed lovers are doomed to obscurity. For centuries, people have found ways to love each other despite obstacles placed in their way. However, finding this love rarely ended with a happily-ever-after. In 2020, the "Lesbian Period Drama" surprisingly became a punchline to a joke, as if many of these features were … Continue reading Fantasia Festival 2021: ‘The Last Thing Mary Saw’ Will Haunt Your Nightmares

Fantasia Fest 2021: ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ Provides New Perspectives on the Teen Experience

Teenage dreams and fickle adolescence fosters fertile ground for storytellers. For decades, teen romances have signaled the importance of growing up, all while displaying the pitfalls we experience in the process. As one of the great uniters of audiences, regardless of race or upbringing, the trials and tribulations of young adulthood continue to fascinate. However, … Continue reading Fantasia Fest 2021: ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ Provides New Perspectives on the Teen Experience

Fantasia Fest 2021: ‘What Josiah Saw’ Embraces its Gothic Roots

Since the 1920s, Southern Gothic literature has dealt out punishment to its characters and its readers. The genre chronicled uniquely American experiences while embracing grotesque and dark visions of the country. However, a focus on strange and upsetting stories ignored a central tenet of the genre, which author M.O. Walsh once described as an underdog … Continue reading Fantasia Fest 2021: ‘What Josiah Saw’ Embraces its Gothic Roots

More Than 25 Years Later, Kelly Reichardt’s ‘River of Grass’ Captures South Florida to Perfection

Few directors come out of the gate with a definitive voice and style. For Kelly Reichardt, her meditative and stripped-down approach to filmmaking peeks through the corners of her debut. River of Grass debuted at the 1994 Sundance film festival, where it competed in competition. While the film received considerable praise, it would not find its way … Continue reading More Than 25 Years Later, Kelly Reichardt’s ‘River of Grass’ Captures South Florida to Perfection

Review: ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is Another Masterpiece from Spike Lee

This moment in America has certainly opened the door to more conversations about race and inequality. As many have rushed to social media to proclaim their support for communities they've never acknowledged, views and opinions have shifted. The aftermath of George Floyd's murder and public lynching deserved this attention, as did the dozens of others … Continue reading Review: ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is Another Masterpiece from Spike Lee

We Bought a Movie Pod: Joker Returns – Best Picture Podcast Review of ‘Joker’

Subscribe to the New Podcast Feed on APPLE or SPOTIFY! We're rerunning our episode on Joker from late in 2019 thanks to its Best Picture nomination. AJ is not a big fan, but Aaron was. Where do you stand on the latest film featuring the Clown Prince of Gotham? Check out the time stamps below! 00- 38:00 – Joker Review … Continue reading We Bought a Movie Pod: Joker Returns – Best Picture Podcast Review of ‘Joker’

USC Scripter Awards Puts Greta Gerwig in the Drivers Seat, Caps Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Amazing 2019

One of the most underrated predictors of the Oscar race, the USC Scripter Awards pushed Greta Gerwig closer to glory. Gerwig has been on a roll lately, taking a few big writing prizes in the aftermath of her director miss for Little Women. USC Scripter has crowned the Best Adapted Screenplay winner in eight of the … Continue reading USC Scripter Awards Puts Greta Gerwig in the Drivers Seat, Caps Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Amazing 2019

TV Review: ‘Sex Education’ Gets Better With Personal Stakes and Ensemble

One of the surprise breakouts of 2019 came early in the year with Sex Education. The British series took a frank look at teens and how they're learning about the birds and bees to craft a wonderfully absurd series. Carrying a 1980's aesthetic but set during the present day, Sex Education felt unique in its vision and … Continue reading TV Review: ‘Sex Education’ Gets Better With Personal Stakes and Ensemble