The Artist: A Silent Film in the 21st Century

The Artist is essentially a French directors love letter to silent cinema. Director Michel Hazanavicius made this film as a passion project. Many French filmmakers were greatly inspired by early Hollywood cinema and he wanted to recreate a silent film for a 21st century audience. His cast and crew were mostly French and he hadContinue reading “The Artist: A Silent Film in the 21st Century”

2021 Oscar Nominees: Ranked and Reviewed

I did it! I got through all the best picture Oscar nominations. I know no one else is bragging about this, but I feel like I’ve accomplished something. After not being able to go to a movie theater in over a year, it honestly felt good that I set a goal for myself to findContinue reading “2021 Oscar Nominees: Ranked and Reviewed”

Promising Young Woman: Twisting the Revenge Story

So because I’m a creature of habit, I’ve been slowly working my way through all the Oscar nominees for best picture. So far the only ones I have not seen are The Father and Minari, but I am going to get to them (eventually). But a movie that surprised me with its nomination was PromisingContinue reading “Promising Young Woman: Twisting the Revenge Story”

Why the Long Takes in Birdman Matter

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) has A LOT going on. It’s got themes about fame vs. talent, the popularity of superhero movies overshadowing what some deem as true art, the film industry vs. the Broadway theater, what it means to put your career on the line, creating art vs. criticizing art, mental health,Continue reading “Why the Long Takes in Birdman Matter”

Inside Llewyn Davis: The Importance of a Cat

So as I’ve been stuck at home due to this global pandemic, I’ve been watching and re-watching A LOT of movies in my DVD collection (and I’ve got a lot of them). More specifically this year I’ve been going through my Criterion DVDs and, so far haven’t been too disappointed in my collection (except forContinue reading “Inside Llewyn Davis: The Importance of a Cat”

Why Mean Girls Still Holds Up

I think everyone now in their 20s saw Mean Girls when it first came out. And don’t lie and say you didn’t because everyone I’ve ever talked to can quote it and remembers every detail in the film. And why shouldn’t they? This is just a really damn good teen comedy with great acting, sharpContinue reading “Why Mean Girls Still Holds Up”

Ratatouille: Pixar’s Indie Film

I only ever saw Ratatouille when it came out in 2007. And I did not enjoy it. I didn’t think it was funny, I thought a lot of it was boring, and even the audience around me felt the same way. No one, not even the adults and especially the kids, were laughing. And thatContinue reading “Ratatouille: Pixar’s Indie Film”

Is Death Proof Good or Bad?

So Quentin Tarantino is a somewhat polarizing figure in film. You either love him or you hate him based on the types of films he makes. I do really like him because I like how he takes older film genres and reformats them for a new audience. Films like The Hateful Eight (2015) and OnceContinue reading “Is Death Proof Good or Bad?”

I’m Glad Wonder Woman 1984 was Free

I won’t lie, I liked the first Wonder Woman (2017). Sure it was a copy of Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), but the tone was consistent, it had interesting characters, a great setting, some really good action, and a main character that was very heroic. The only major problems I have with it areContinue reading “I’m Glad Wonder Woman 1984 was Free”

Tales from Earthsea is the Worst Ghibli Movie

I reviewed Princess Mononoke (1997) and called it the best of Miyazaki’s films. However, I didn’t say it was the best Studio Ghibli film because there are just so many great ones that it would be hard to rank them all. But there is no doubt that Tales from Earthsea is the worst film fromContinue reading “Tales from Earthsea is the Worst Ghibli Movie”