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

Review: ‘Decision to Leave’ Delivers a Bad Romance and the Best Film of 2022

Lust and love can often find themselves strange bedfellows. However, the play between the two has long been of interest to storytellers and filmmakers. However, few directors have approached these lines with more disturbing or outlandish ideas than Park Chan-wook. The South Korean director behind Stoker, Oldboy, and The Handmaiden returns to the big screen with Decision to Leave, a far … Continue reading Review: ‘Decision to Leave’ Delivers a Bad Romance and the Best Film of 2022

Review: ‘Alienoid’ Delivers What American Blockbusters Have Been Missing

While American blockbusters appear to be the only movies making money at the cineplex, the quality of these films has dropped. For decades, films like Independence Day, Die Hard, and Towering Inferno were at the center of the cultural conversation. The stars balanced their charismatic and humorous performances with nuanced emotional turns. Additionally, these features … Continue reading Review: ‘Alienoid’ Delivers What American Blockbusters Have Been Missing

Foreign Language Review: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Beautifully Explores Art, Love, and the Women Who Dream

Sometimes, film gives you the opportunity to fall in love with two people making their way through the world. Portrait of a Lady on Fire not only accomplishes that goal, but it makes you feel dirty in the process. To be part of something so intimate and raw, it feels like we watch a love story … Continue reading Foreign Language Review: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Beautifully Explores Art, Love, and the Women Who Dream

We Bought a Pod Episode 63: Jojo’s Parasite

We discuss one of the best films of the decade and one of the missed opportunities. Parasite and Jojo Rabbit dominate our discussion today! Something went wrong with my audio so sorry for any issues you may experience with it. 00-25:10 - Jojo Rabbit 25:10-38:00 - Parasite (NO SPOILERS) 38:00 -1:01:30 - Parasite (SPOILERS) 1:03:00 - 1:09:00  Soul … Continue reading We Bought a Pod Episode 63: Jojo’s Parasite

Review: ‘Tito and the Birds’ Delivers a Compelling and Beautiful Story on Isolation and Fear

Tito (Pedro Henrique) might be a young boy, but his belief in his father is unwavering. Despite repeated attempts by his mother to tell him to stay quiet or play by the rules, the young boy pushes his father's invention to the middle of the stage. He gears up the machine, and with his hope … Continue reading Review: ‘Tito and the Birds’ Delivers a Compelling and Beautiful Story on Isolation and Fear

Review: ‘Shoplifters’ Strikes at the Core of What Makes a Family

After filmmakers got tired of shooting films about trains, sneezing, and kissing, the world of cinema began to examine love and family. Over a century later, filmmakers continue to grapple with the base of human interaction and socialization. As a young girl sits on a porch on a cold night, a man and his son … Continue reading Review: ‘Shoplifters’ Strikes at the Core of What Makes a Family

Review: ‘Cold War’ Delivers Another Black and White Gem to 2018

Part of the brilliance of folk music are the variations that exist between songs depending on geography. Each artist adds their own individual style and flair to the wording, potentially changing the meaning of the song based soley on context. No film may have captured that lightning in a bottle like Cold War, a sprawling and … Continue reading Review: ‘Cold War’ Delivers Another Black and White Gem to 2018