Roma is an Intimately Beautiful Masterpiece (Review)

Roma is an Intimately Beautiful Masterpiece (Review)

Sometimes, the best cinematic stories are the simplest ones. They don’t have to have a moment that defines the movie that will be remembered for years to come. And they don’t necessarily have to have a character that will be shown as cinema’s most memorable ever. Sometimes, cinematic stories are as ordinary as the lives most of us live. However, at the same time, they can be just as rich and extraordinary as our own. Director Alfonso Cuarón’s latest feature is a simplistic masterclass in storytelling. It’s a personal story about love, courage, hope, change, and home. This is Roma.

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Spectacular Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spins a Whole New Kinetic Web (Review)

Spectacular Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spins a Whole New Kinetic Web (Review)

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man not only remains the most popular Marvel superhero to date, but also feels like the most present superhero we see on our screens. With six solo movies and a couple of appearances in a few Marvel Cinematic Universe movies over the past 16 years, he’s always present in a landscape full of so many on-screen superheroes. We know the origin story, the powers, the villains, and the man behind the mask. But finally, we get a new take on Spider-Man in the new animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which shows us that anyone can wear the mask. In Spider-Verse, the one who wears the mask is Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), a teenager and comic book favorite, often seen as the successor to the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker. Sure, it’s another origin story about someone taking on the responsibilities of being a superhero and knowing there are consequences with every action they take. However, Spider-Verse spins a whole new web on the origin story, one that’s so fresh, kinetic, funny, self-aware and just so awesome. It’s arguably the best Spider-Man movie ever made.  

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The Favourite Radiates Originality While Being Wickedly Delightful (Review)

The Favourite Radiates Originality While Being Wickedly Delightful (Review)

Every year one, maybe two movies come out that are so original that you can’t help but smile the entire time. In the past few years, director Yorgos Lanthimos has been the man behind such original films. The Lobster in 2017 was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and The Killing of a Sacred Deer took home several awards and was very creepy. Lanthimos may have his masterpiece this year with The Favourite. There is SO much to love about this one and its one of the rare movies that you instantly want to see again as soon as the credits begin to roll. Read more

Mirai is an Enthralling Achievement in Anime (Review)

Mirai is an Enthralling Achievement in Anime (Review)

Founded in 2008, GKIDS is an animation film distributor that prides itself on its dedication to independent animated cinema from nations all over the country, with the niche of Japanese anime being the most prominent. Now, for a select few dates only in the coming weeks, GKIDS has a new theatrical release in the form of Mirai, a film that succeeds in telling an emotional coming-of-age story with science fiction elements that should enrapture audiences of all ages. Read more

Ralph Breaks the Internet is Gorgeous, Clever & Emotionally Nuanced (Review)

Ralph Breaks the Internet is Gorgeous, Clever & Emotionally Nuanced (Review)

I saw Ralph Breaks the Internet this week.  I loved the first movie and the trailer for this sequel looked pretty promising. I had high expectations. After all, I gave up Taron Egerton Fan Service in Robin Hood (it must have been there) for in place of this film, so it had better be good.  And it WAS. Weird how sequels don’t suck like they used to. Time was when you could safely ignore a sequel unless it was getting rave reviews but these days sequels seem to be all at least as good as their previous films. Read more

Wildlife is A Subtle & Strong Debut From Director Paul Dano (Review)

Wildlife is A Subtle & Strong Debut From Director Paul Dano (Review)

From musician Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You and comedian Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade to actors Rupert Everett and Jonah Hill with The Happy Prince and Mid90s respectively, more entertainers than ever are testing the waters of the complex but artistic field of film direction. Now actor Paul Dano’s first feature film comes to theaters in the form of Wildlife, and he handles the 1960s family drama with an incredible restraint that begets incredible, understated performances from his ensemble, and crafts one of the most compelling narratives of the year. Read more

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald: Incomprehensible Plot But Such a Feast For The Eyes (Review)

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald: Incomprehensible Plot But Such a Feast For The Eyes (Review)

Fantastic Beasts:  The Crimes of Grindelwald is another of those movies I knew I was absolutely going to go to as soon as I’d viewed the trailer.  Apparently I still have a soft spot for the Harry Potter Universe and I loved the first film. I couldn’t help myself. What would Newt Scamander get up to this time?  Probably something pretty good. Though the movie title? What a mouthful! I’d really just been thinking of it as Fantastic Beasts 2 and had to look up the real title for the purposes of this review.    Read more

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is Vintage Coen Brothers (Review)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is Vintage Coen Brothers (Review)

When it comes to anthology films, they are usually more miss than hit. And when it comes to original films from Netflix, quite honestly, it’s a tossup. But bringing in the Coen Brothers, who are some of the best filmmakers in the industry over the past few decades, things are sure to look promising for both the anthology genre and Netflix’s original film catalogue. Originally conceived as a six-part miniseries, the Coen Brothers pieced together all the stories into one, two-plus hour film called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Playing out from one crazed, western story to the next like flipping through a book (literally), Buster Scruggs is easily the Coen Brothers’ best movie since True Grit. Featuring a collection of great off-the-wall characters, blended with the Coen Brothers’ signature dark humor inserted in dramatic events, it’s difficult not to enjoy the events that play out from one chapter to the next (no matter how dark or grim they may get).

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Overlord is Absolutely Well Made But I Was Hoping for More Monsters (Review)

Overlord is Absolutely Well Made But I Was Hoping for More Monsters (Review)

I had such high hopes for Overlord.  They had me the minute I watched the trailer.  Not because of the WWII stuff (can’t do war movies, me) but because of the monsters and the Body Horror.  A secret Nazi Lair where they’re turning people into monsters? Count me in. With a monster movie like that, they’d have to screw this one up pretty badly in order to put me off it.  And I saw the name J.J. Abrams’s who didn’t direct it, but produced it. Hopefully that’s as good. Read more