Review: “Rosaline” breathes new life into a tired story 

The story of Romeo and Juliet has been told and retold, adapted, modernized, reversed, gender-bent, Gnomified, and otherwise produced ad nauseam for over four centuries with varying degrees of quality, originality, and artistic value. Now along comes Rosaline, a new take on the story that not only introduces new characters but also subverts expectations regarding … Continue reading Review: “Rosaline” breathes new life into a tired story 

Review: ‘Hellraiser’ Returns With Gritty and Psychodelic Flair

When one imagines the Hellraiser franchise, the gloom and ugliness come spewing out. While Clive Barker's original film featured cutting-edge makeup and special effects, the subsequent films in the franchise struggled to live up to his talent. Instead, images of Pinhead and the other Cenobites became bits of self-parody. The franchise felt like a relic … Continue reading Review: ‘Hellraiser’ Returns With Gritty and Psychodelic Flair

Review: ‘The Princess’ wants to be ‘Die Hard’ in a Castle

Le-Van Kiet's The Princess is, based on-premise, a very simple film. The storyline is straightforward, and the setting is almost entirely unvarying. Neither of these things are necessarily detrimental to a film if done correctly. Kiet manages to present a tight, if not wholly interesting, final product. Most of the fault for the film's shortcomings … Continue reading Review: ‘The Princess’ wants to be ‘Die Hard’ in a Castle

TV Review: ‘Mike’ Brings the Controversial Boxer to Life Thanks to a Brilliant Trevante Rhodes

Some figures are larger than life. Mike Tyson certainly became the definition of a cultural anti-hero. The boxer grew up in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the world, went to prison, and became the champion of the world. On the surface, that story inspires hope. How Tyson handled the fame became another issue entirely. A … Continue reading TV Review: ‘Mike’ Brings the Controversial Boxer to Life Thanks to a Brilliant Trevante Rhodes

Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

An iconic franchise was born when Arnold Schwartzenegger and Carl Weathers completed the coolest handshake in world history. The slap, the one-liners, and the terror of being hunted by extraterrestrials summed up the 1980s. While uber-machoism and gnarly gore became the film's trademarks, Predator became something. Equal parts political commentary about US militarism in Central … Continue reading Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

Review: ‘Fire Island’ Delivers Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster a Worthy Star-Making Vehicle

Diving into a subculture can be challenging. Using a modern-day place to tell a centuries-old tale can be even trickier. Yet Fire Island, released on Hulu via Fox Searchlight last weekend, lands a Jane Austen-sized plane on Long Island. Using the actual Fire Island and the yearly LBGBTQ+ party as the background, screenwriter and actor Joel Kim Booster tells a new-age version of Pride and … Continue reading Review: ‘Fire Island’ Delivers Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster a Worthy Star-Making Vehicle

Marvel News: M.O.D.A.K. and Howard the Duck Animated Shows Coming from Patton Oswalt and Kevin Smith

The comic book gods have blessed us with an unbelievable set of stories coming to us from Hulu and Disney/Marvel. Apparently, they were somehow convinced to let the comic book gods Patton Oswalt and Kevin Smith get a crack at creating animated shows for two of the most insane characters in the Marvel stable. In an announcement that included four new … Continue reading Marvel News: M.O.D.A.K. and Howard the Duck Animated Shows Coming from Patton Oswalt and Kevin Smith

Review: ‘Fyre’ vs. ‘Fyre Fraud’ – A Duel of Two Schadenfreude Documentaries

For those of us who grew up in the 1990s, having two films on the same topic released within a close time frame should not seem that uncommon. We got Armageddon vs. Deep Impact, Capote vs. Infamous, and in 2016, the People Vs. O.J. Simpsons going up against OJ: Made in America. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of projects that spark directors … Continue reading Review: ‘Fyre’ vs. ‘Fyre Fraud’ – A Duel of Two Schadenfreude Documentaries

Review: ‘Minding the Gap’ Takes the ‘Hoop Dreams’ Formula and Applies it Skateboarding

One of the most important documentaries ever made is Hoop Dreams from Steve James. The film follows two young boys in Chicago, looking for a way to make it to the NBA. The documentary was supposed to be 30 minutes long when filming began. 5 years later, it was 171 minutes. It is a colossal achievement in filmmaking and remains … Continue reading Review: ‘Minding the Gap’ Takes the ‘Hoop Dreams’ Formula and Applies it Skateboarding