James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad”: Film Review

As science fiction began to gain in popularity in the 50s and 60s, writers and directors used the genre’s conventions to speak about the uncertain state of a world embroiled in a Cold War. Films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Day the Earth Stood Still used the concept of extraterrestrials as allegoriesContinue reading “James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad”: Film Review”

Michael Sarnoski’s “Pig”: Film Review

Over a lifetime, the average person eats 35 tons of food, or roughly 89 thousand total meals. Almost all of those meals are eaten without much thought or appreciation. The food is consumed nearly as fast as it took to make it. Yet sometimes, you have a meal like Amir’s (Alex Wolff) parents did inContinue reading “Michael Sarnoski’s “Pig”: Film Review”

Kirk DeMicco & Brandon Jeffords’ “Vivo”: Film Review

In 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historical rap musical Hamilton took the world by storm. Seemingly overnight, Miranda became one of the most in-demand songwriters in show business. Yet, while his work on Moana and Mary Poppins Returns, among others, kept him in the limelight, it never captured the same magic that his breakout musical did. ThatContinue reading “Kirk DeMicco & Brandon Jeffords’ “Vivo”: Film Review”

Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater”: Film Review

On paper, Stillwater seems almost bound to fail. The film focuses on Matt Damon, who plays Bill Baker, an Oklahoman ‘Murica man who travels to France to clear his convicted daughter’s (Allison’s) name and finds himself in the process. It’s part slow burn crime drama, part romance, and part fish out of water comedy; allContinue reading “Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater”: Film Review”

Augustine Frizzell’s “Last Letter From Your Lover”: Film Review

In the modern age where love can feel as fleeting as a swipe right, The Last Letter From Your Lover shows how artifacts of passion from the past can transcend time and change the future. The film alternates between two timelines: An illicit love affair between Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley) the wife of a successfulContinue reading “Augustine Frizzell’s “Last Letter From Your Lover”: Film Review”

Robert Schwentke’s “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins”: Film Review

There are several brief moments in Snake Eyes where the audience is able to see the incredible talents of stunt coordinator Kenji Tanigaki. Tanigaki has an ability to bring a fantastical element to even the simplest of fight sequences, perhaps best demonstrated in the Rurouni Kenshin series. His work in this G.I. Joe origin storyContinue reading “Robert Schwentke’s “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins”: Film Review”

Wyatt Rockefeller’s “Settlers”: Film Review

In the 1800s, the American West was considered the last frontier of human exploration. All that changed in 1969 when the crew from Apollo 11 landed on the moon. After that moment, space has since been considered to be the final frontier. What happens though once space has been discovered and colonized like the WestContinue reading “Wyatt Rockefeller’s “Settlers”: Film Review”

Adam Robitel’s “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions”: Film Review

Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kreuger, Michael Myers. The biggest draw to most horror-thriller franchises are sociopathic marquee murderers. Yet Escape Room: Tournament of Champions manages to uniquely thrive by placing focus on the characters’ environments, in this case intricately designed escape rooms, to develop thrills. While many might liken the reliance on the dangerous rooms toContinue reading “Adam Robitel’s “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions”: Film Review”

David Gelb’s “Wolfgang”: Film Review

“The older a person gets, the more they tend to look back…” Christina Puck More than just a fluff piece, Wolfgang is a reflective journey for the world famous restaurateur. Starting at his days as an impoverished child, the audience is witness to Puck’s constant self-doubt and fear of failure. These early scenes that touchContinue reading “David Gelb’s “Wolfgang”: Film Review”

Collin Schiffli’s “Die in a Gunfight”: Film Review

From the first ten minutes and all its related marketing materials, Die in a Gunfight is clearly about Ben (Diego Boneta) and Mary (Alexandra Daddario), star-crossed lovers who are trying to run away together. It’s a story as old as time, or at least as far back as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. For some reasonContinue reading “Collin Schiffli’s “Die in a Gunfight”: Film Review”