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: ‘Amsterdam’ Buries Important Messages Behind Messy Jokes and Poor Storytelling

Few films can be more frustrating than those with important ideas, buried behind bad filmmaking. This can be especially true of large ensemble films, which can find themselves unable to focus on a group of characters. In the case of Amsterdam, the focus is clear. A three-headed showcase of Christian Bale, John David Washington, and … Continue reading Review: ‘Amsterdam’ Buries Important Messages Behind Messy Jokes and Poor Storytelling

REVIEW: ‘Emma.’ Springs to Life with Beautiful Sets, Costumes and Score

Jane Austen remains the most common source of period storytelling, but her stories continue to feel unbelievably modern. Pride and Prejudice, Love & Friendship and Clueless have become cult hits for those who love her stories. Emma. looks to join that group thanks to its cartoonish take on the characters of the beloved novel. A nice bridge between the comedy of Clueless (which … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘Emma.’ Springs to Life with Beautiful Sets, Costumes and Score

Review: ‘Glass’ Proves M. Night Shyamalan Cannot Help Himself, Wastes a Great Cast and Premise

My last week was a sprint to get ready for Glass. To do that, I binged through the collected works of one M. Night Shyamalan, a director once tapped to be the next Spielberg. That, like saying a basketball player can be the next Jordan, remains an unfair label to put on any filmmaker. Yet for a … Continue reading Review: ‘Glass’ Proves M. Night Shyamalan Cannot Help Himself, Wastes a Great Cast and Premise