Mike Cuenca’s “Like a Dirty French Novel”: Film Review

The narrator at the beginning of Like a Dirty French Novel says that the stories told throughout the film are inspired by the social disorder caused by COVID-19. In that way, Cuenca’s debut is less like a European paperback and more like a funhouse mirror, distorting and exaggerating the emotional rollercoaster that is this pandemic.Continue reading “Mike Cuenca’s “Like a Dirty French Novel”: Film Review”

Nia DaCosta’s “Candyman”: Film Review

In 1992, the words “Candyman” were first heard uttered on the silver screen. The fictional folklore legend was a unique horror villain for the time, given he was basically an analogy for gentrification and the erasing of black history. The social commentary in 1992’s Candyman was as relevant and shocking as Night of The LivingContinue reading “Nia DaCosta’s “Candyman”: Film Review”

“Paw Patrol: The Movie” is a Preschooler’s Message on the Dangers of Authoritarianism: Film Review

The rise of authoritarian leaders worldwide over the last decade has become so great that now, even the world’s most popular preschool cartoon is commenting on it! On the surface, Paw Patrol: The Movie is simply a theatrical expansion of the characters and lore established in the hit TV show. Ryder and the pups relocateContinue reading ““Paw Patrol: The Movie” is a Preschooler’s Message on the Dangers of Authoritarianism: Film Review”

Leos Carax’s “Annette”: Film Review

For most musicals, the featured songs have to be catchy enough to sell you on the film, even after only hearing a tiny snippet of them from the marketing campaigns. In the process of making these legendary tunes though, the characters who sing them can be lost to time. Everyone knows the song “Have YourselfContinue reading “Leos Carax’s “Annette”: Film Review”

David Bruckner’s “The Night House”: Film Review

When someone is taken from us, we often are given varying degrees of artificial compassion and trays of mildly appetizing banquet food. They’re both mostly empty gestures made by those who are too uncomfortable in the aftermath of death’s presence. Yet even those acts can be sufficient at taking one’s mind off their feeling ofContinue reading “David Bruckner’s “The Night House”: Film Review”

Martin Campbell’s “The Protégé”: Film Review

This summer has already brought audiences two films that felt like they were unearthed from a Blockbuster graveyard (Those Who Wish Me Dead & The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard), and you know what they say about how all things come in threes… The Protégé is yet another action flick that tries to pretend it’s more sophisticatedContinue reading “Martin Campbell’s “The Protégé”: Film Review”

Fantasia Festival 2021- Junta Yamaguchi’s “Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes”: Film Review

If you could see two minutes into the future, what would you do? That’s the simple question presented in Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes. When coffee shop owner, Kato (Kazunari Tosa) returns to his upstairs apartment after a tiring day at work, he is baffled to find a future version of himself talking to himContinue reading “Fantasia Festival 2021- Junta Yamaguchi’s “Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes”: Film Review”

Fantasia Festival 2021- Edoardo Vitaletti’s “The Last Thing Mary Saw”: Film Review

In life, true fear does not come from ghouls and what goes bump in the night, but from the disapproval and malcontent of those closest to us. Similar to Robert Eggers’ The Witch, The Last Thing Mary Saw is a stark reminder of how one is not born with evil inside them, but rather fueledContinue reading “Fantasia Festival 2021- Edoardo Vitaletti’s “The Last Thing Mary Saw”: Film Review”

Siân Heder’s “CODA”: Film Review

CODA is the acronym for a Child of Deaf Adults. Yet the film’s title is also a label that Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) has carried around all her life. Ever since she learned how to talk, Ruby has been translating for her parents and brother. For Ruby, CODA is a scarlet letter; a burden that preventsContinue reading “Siân Heder’s “CODA”: Film Review”

Meghan Leon & Bradford Baruh’s “Night Drive”: Film Review

Every ride-share driver has their share of peculiar fares, but Russell’s (AJ Bowen) in Night Drive may just take the cake. What begins as just another lonely Christmas night driving for Jaunt (an Uber like app), slowly descends into intrigue and suspense when his latest passenger, Charlotte (Sophie Dalah), takes him off the pitiful pathContinue reading “Meghan Leon & Bradford Baruh’s “Night Drive”: Film Review”