The Doctor is Sin – Promising Young Woman

I love a good revenge fantasy. When done properly, it can produce righteous rage at the issue at hand, pulse-pounding thrills as the wish fulfillment is choreographed, and a sense of catharsis through the voyeuristic lens of the execution. When done poorly, it can simply come off as gratuitous. More often than not, Emerald Fennell … Continue reading The Doctor is Sin – Promising Young Woman

The Passion of the Panther – Judas and the Black Messiah

It's strange how in certain years, a slate of films can have a degree of connectivity that is rarely intended, but often fascinating. This is one of those years, as a good amount of the prestige fare has dealt with the American Civil Rights movement in one form or another. Two particular films made references … Continue reading The Passion of the Panther – Judas and the Black Messiah

The Blood Moon Rises Once Again – Night of the Kings

The beauty of storytelling is its ability to transport someone to another place, another world, without moving from one's seat. And more than any other artform, it has shaped the destiny and progress of humanity. From the ancient epics to oral histories to the written word to music to the visual media of television, film, … Continue reading The Blood Moon Rises Once Again – Night of the Kings

It’s Not Baaaaaaad – A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

I hope that's the worst joke you read/hear today. Five years ago, the first Shaun the Sheep Movie was nominated for Animated Feature at the Oscars, eventually losing to Inside Out. I had never seen the TV show before, but I was familiar with the world of Nick Park and the charming British claymation style. … Continue reading It’s Not Baaaaaaad – A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Ghibli Enters the Third Dimension – Earwig and the Witch

While Disney and Pixar will always get the largest heaps of praise when it comes to American cinematic animation, Japan's Studio Ghibli stands as an ever-constant reminder that the rest of the world exists, and can always compete with the best of them. From lighthearted children's fare like My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service … Continue reading Ghibli Enters the Third Dimension – Earwig and the Witch