Review: ‘Blonde’ Torches The Effigy of Marilyn Monroe Without Providing Any Depth to Its ‘Ideas’

To say that Marilyn Monroe remains one of our most controversial celebrities would be an understatement. One of the truly American symbols of glitz and glam, Monroe's tragic life was cut short after a drug overdose. Depending on who you ask, there was more to the story and death of the starlet. The questions surrounding … Continue reading Review: ‘Blonde’ Torches The Effigy of Marilyn Monroe Without Providing Any Depth to Its ‘Ideas’

Review: ‘The Munsters’ Takes a Big Swing, But Misses The Mark

Every director wants to return to their childhood. However, sometimes a trip down nostalgia lane ignores the context of an event when it found a space in pop culture. In the case of The Munsters, a 2022 reboot of the famed TV Series, director Rob Zombie paints with a new brush. Zombie drops his trademark … Continue reading Review: ‘The Munsters’ Takes a Big Swing, But Misses The Mark

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’ Anoints a New Star Director Through a Dark Mystery

There are few filmmakers capable of changing their careers overnight. However, the arrival of Missing at Fantastic Fest 2022 may do just that for Shinzô Katayama. Missing lands at the festival as an explosive breakthrough. After working with Bong Joon Ho on a pair of films as his assistant director, Katayama made his own debut … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’ Anoints a New Star Director Through a Dark Mystery

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

TIFF 2022: ‘My Imaginary Country’ Dissects 50 Years of Chilean Political History

Director Patricio Guzmán may not be a household name. Yet his documentary series, The Battle of Chile, made him one of the principal figures in capturing Chilean history on film. After being on the ground to capture the beginnings of the Allende revolution and the rise of Pinochet, Guzmán’s more than proved his credibility. Yet … Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘My Imaginary Country’ Dissects 50 Years of Chilean Political History

2022 Limited Series Emmys: Our Personal Favorite Nominees on TV’s Biggest Night

We’re here for the last night of the Primetime Emmys. In most years, I would have gone back and forth over predictions. I’ll let you know that this is not one of those articles. This is a soft prediction night from me. Really, I’m here to spread the gospel of my favorite shows and tell … Continue reading 2022 Limited Series Emmys: Our Personal Favorite Nominees on TV’s Biggest Night

2022 Drama Emmys: Our Personal Favorite Nominees on TV’s Biggest Night

We’re here for the last night of the Primetime Emmys. In most years, I would have gone back and forth over predictions. I’ll let you know that this is not one of those articles. This is a soft prediction night from me. Really, I’m here to spread the gospel of my favorite shows and tell … Continue reading 2022 Drama Emmys: Our Personal Favorite Nominees on TV’s Biggest Night

TIFF 22: ‘While We Watched’ Tells an Urgent Tale

The rising tide of nationalism is not a unique event in the global marketplace. In Greece, the Golden Dawn rose to power at an alarming rate. In the United States, the MAGA movement and Trumpism have created deep political rifts. For India, the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become its own hot button … Continue reading TIFF 22: ‘While We Watched’ Tells an Urgent Tale

TIFF 2022: ‘The Umbrella Men’ Delivers a Flawed But Fun Heist Adventure

When jumping into a genre as defined as the heist film, you must bring something unique to the table. In the case of The Umbrella Men, a South African caper from John Barker, we are introduced to an entirely new world. Featuring a unique background in terms of place and style, Barker crafts a fun … Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘The Umbrella Men’ Delivers a Flawed But Fun Heist Adventure

Trailer Drop: ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ Releases First Trailer

When Netflix backed the money truck up for Rian Johnson, there was little doubt he would take advantage of the budget. Immediately, he began assembling another all-star cast for his Knives Out follow-up. The first film earned Johnson an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay. The film premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on … Continue reading Trailer Drop: ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ Releases First Trailer