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. Continue reading Patti Cake$ is the La La Land of the Side Hustle (Review)
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. Continue reading Good Time: Robert Pattinson is Terrifying in this Indie Success (Review)
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. Continue reading Logan Lucky is Another Highly Entertaining Soderbergh Heist Film (Review)
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. Continue reading The Glass Castle: An Extraordinary Cast Brings This Tragic Tale to Life (Review)
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. Continue reading Lady Macbeth: A Bored Woman is a Dangerous Thing (Review)
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: Continue reading Grant’s Top 10 Films of 2017 (so far)
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. Continue reading A Ghost Story: It’s a Lonely and Emotional Existence, Charlie Brown (Review)
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. Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming – Welcome to The Avengers Tom Holland (Review)