Review: ‘Babylon’ Crashes and Burns Thanks to Bloated Storytelling

Hollywood loves to tell stories about itself and has for decades. From Singing in the Rain to Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, depicting showbusiness has always fascinated filmmakers. However, not every film showcases Southern California's bright and fun sides. Ironically, Damien Chazelle, the director of La La Land, seeks to add to the legacy … Continue reading Review: ‘Babylon’ Crashes and Burns Thanks to Bloated Storytelling

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: ‘Bombshell’ Opts For Gimmicks Rather Than Substance

The Me Too movement shook up the entertainment landscape in ways we never thought we'd see. Many actors and executives responsible for horrific actions were brought down in the process. The movement extended beyond the world of film, even making its way into the political arena. The stories about Roger Ailes, the man responsible for the … Continue reading Review: ‘Bombshell’ Opts For Gimmicks Rather Than Substance

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Review: Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Brings His Most Personal and Immersive Story to Life

Few directors touch the third rail more than Quentin Tarantino. The famed director/screenwriter has long gained praise for his pop culture-infused stories of violence and death. In some cases, he has co-opted Black and Asian culture to tell these tales. In others, he has created strong characters that few other directors would dare bring to the … Continue reading Review: Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Brings His Most Personal and Immersive Story to Life

REVIEW: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Soars with Robbie and Ronan, But Struggles Without Them

Costume dramas can be a hit and miss affair for many filmmakers. Some of these features get too caught up in the pomp and circumstance, stripping the material of what makes it relatable to most. This can occasionally turn audiences away from very fertile dramatic territory, but in the hands of a good filmmaker, the … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Soars with Robbie and Ronan, But Struggles Without Them