Significantly Less Pleasantville – Don’t Worry Darling

Earlier this year, Alex Garland's Men gave audiences a thoughtful, layered, and visionary approach to the concept of toxic masculinity, creating a story that blurred the lines of horror, fantasy, and reality, led by absolutely deft performances from Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear. It wasn't perfect, but it was a raw, visceral depiction of how … Continue reading Significantly Less Pleasantville – Don’t Worry Darling

William Wallace Meets Viola Davis – The Woman King

There was a mild controversy this past weekend when Gina Prince-Bythewood's latest film, The Woman King, finally hit theatres. Concerning the movie's historical accuracy, there are some who raised a stink about how the Dahomey (the West African kingdom at the center of the action) are depicted with regards to the slave trade. There are … Continue reading William Wallace Meets Viola Davis – The Woman King

There’s No Mystery Here – See How They Run

There's a fine line to walk when a writer - and by extension a film - makes light of tropes and genre clich├ęs. When done properly, it can lead to grand satires and parodies, most notably the likes of Airplane!, Hot Fuzz, and most recently, Knives Out. However, when executed poorly or haphazardly, like in … Continue reading There’s No Mystery Here – See How They Run

You Truly Can Go Home Again – Clerks III

I fully admit that I'm a Kevin Smith fanboy. From the moment I first saw Clerks in college (one of the first DVDs I ever bought, right after Fight Club and Reservoir Dogs), I was hooked. The humor, the observations on late Gen-X/early Millennial disillusionment, the overly abundant amount of stoner jokes, they all hit … Continue reading You Truly Can Go Home Again – Clerks III

Back Row Thoughts – Better Late Than Never

While I've done my best to keep up with mainstream and independent cinema in the first full year back from COVID restrictions, there are two areas where I have been decidedly negligent, namely documentaries and foreign films. For the former, I haven't been able to make time for any this year, mostly because none have … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – Better Late Than Never

The “Grand” in “Grand Theft” – Emily the Criminal

One of the biggest problems I've had with a lot of movies lately, especially those with assertive female leads, is that the protagonist comes pre-packaged perfect out of the box, and as such has no room to grow or have anything close to a relatable journey. This is particularly egregious as a leitmotif in Disney … Continue reading The “Grand” in “Grand Theft” – Emily the Criminal