The Room came out almost fifteen years ago. It was a total bomb from the get go. No studio wanted to touch it. The crew hardly even owned up to working on it. Somehow at the end of it’s two week run in a theater, the cult the film would eventually know began to take shape. It skyrocketed into the stratosphere in terms of popularity and becoming a cultural icon. One of the actors, Greg Sestero, wrote a book detailing the production of the worst movie ever made and his meeting of one of the most peculiar human beings to ever exist, Tommy Wiseau. A feature film of the book (The Disaster Artist) featuring the Franco brothers releases soon, so what better time to have a look back at the infamously horrid film. Read more
It’s an incredible time for independent filmmaking. With production houses like A24 leading the frontline, indie movies are becoming a major force in the festival circuit and showing potential as serious Oscar contenders. Greek Director Yorgos Lanthimos has displayed great strengths as one of most competent indie filmmakers of recent years. His 2015 black comedy film “The Lobster” did very well at festivals and even garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He is back this year with a psychological horror-thriller in the form of The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Read more
Chances are if you grew up close to any sort of urban area, you knew somebody with grand ambitions of becoming a rapper. Since the hip hop genre became so mainstream, the luxurious life of a famous rapper has called out to young kids the world over. There have been countless films portraying this ambition, whether they be fictional or biopics of real life hip hop success stories like 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Patti Cake$ is the latest film to take on this archetype, and it’s indie charm gives way to it’s successes. Read more
The late 2000s saw a flux of pop culture teen romance movies. Audiences were lining up for see the latest in the Harry Potter or Twilight franchise. In the years since, the stars have used their fame to invest in indie arthouse films. Daniel Radcliffe broke into the Indie scene with films like Horns and the delightful Swiss Army Man.
Kristen Stewart got recently collaborated with director Olivier Assayas for the films Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper.
Now Robert Pattinson is taking his turn with the film Good Time. Read more
2017 has been a refreshing year for the heist movie. Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver kicked off the summer with a highly entertaining movie with a kickass soundtrack. Logan Lucky is a heist movie of a similar fashion. Steven Soderbergh returns to form with a hilarious robbery film with an awesome cast that excels in a different roles than audiences might expect from them. Read more
The idea of a “glass castle” is something fantastical. It is an elegant structure unlike any other. While other buildings rely on concrete or timber as a foundation and structure, this is one that stands on it’s own with just glass. The way to glass is meant to be designed is to allow light in without changing the temperature inside the structure. It’s such a grand idea that it’s just barely out of the realm of reality. It’s a grand gesture that is impossible to truly fulfill, and it is as much a sham as it is see through. The idea of a glass castle is a strong metaphor that lays the groundwork for the film The Glass Castle, based on the memoir of the same name by Jeanette Walls. Read more
2017 has been a good year for women in film. The astronomical success of Patti Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is no small feat in a male dominated industry. Sofia Coppola’s period piece The Beguiled is another film that looks at the treatment of women in another time through a modern political lens to tell a meaningful story. When trailers for William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth started making their rounds, it appeared to be a film in the same vein. However, due to a fragmented style of storytelling, this film is a misstep for feminist cinema. Read more
With 2017 already half way over, I thought it would be a good time to have a working list of my top ten films of 2017 (so far). With August just starting, I have seen most of the films on my watch list. There have been some stellar films that have already cemented themselves in my top favorite films of all time. There have also been some major duds. I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the years most critically acclaimed films, and some movies that were panned negatively I absolutely adored. So without further ado, here is my list: Read more
Independent films are often too smart for their own good. They walk a fine line between artistically brilliant and abhorrently self-indulgent. Free from the shackles of a big studio production, the directors of these films are free to explore new themes and bigger ideas with full creative control. This can allow for the realization of true cinematic genius. Other times they completely miss the mark. David Lowery, coming fresh off of directing Pete’s Dragon, has achieved something truly remarkable with his indie passion project A Ghost Story. Read more
Spiderman is one of the most beloved comic book characters Marvel has ever produced. The film franchise has been rebooted twice now. Spiderman 2 has been heralded by some as the greatest super hero movie of all time. After the lackluster performance of the Andrew Garfield reboot, many were hesitant about a third reboot of the friendly neighborhood Spiderman. This time, however, Spiderman has been inducted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans of the Avengers can welcome Spidey into the force with open arms. Read more
It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where we have five blockbuster films based off a ride a Disneyworld, yet here we are. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise kicked off in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl. Due to the huge success of the film and the popularity of Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow, three more films followed. 2011’s On Stranger Tides was so negatively reviewed, it seemed the franchise was dead in the water. However, here we are in 2017 with the newest film in the franchise Dead Men Tell No Tales to try to raise this saga from the depths. Read more
Action-comedy is a genre that walks a fine line; too far in one direction and the other can falter. The result is either a funny movie with some action or an action movie with some cheesy one liners. Recent movies like Kingsmen: The Secret Service or Kick-Ass are prime examples of the perfect blend of entertaining action and hearty laughs. That sometimes can work or be a misfire, but those elements culminate in a perfect blend for Ben Wheatley’s latest directorial effort Free Fire. Read more
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is one of the first things that comes to mind when someone thinks of comic book movies. He has been the face of the X-men franchise for 17 years. This is the role that propelled Jackman into the superstar he is today. When Jackman announced he was ready to retire the claws, he set a big task for himself; to send the beloved character out with a film worthy of being the last hoorah. Read more
Jordan Peele, of the power house comedy duo Key and Peele, is definitely onto something with his craft. The best material has a kernel of truth rooted somewhere in it. With comedy, truth can illicit genuine laughter from audiences who are able to relate. Drama becomes more grounded when it provides some sort of commentary on our reality. Key and Peele has been such a success because of it’s comedic take on race issues and black stereotypes. With Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, he tackles similar issues using the psychological thriller genre as his conduit. Read more