The 10 Best Movies of 2022

If you like four star cinema, 2022 was a good year for movies. Lots of great films were released that didn’t quite hit masterpiece status, most of them about depression, debauchery, divided class, or some combination thereof. We still went to the movies (or, the disgustingly more likely alternative, sat on the couch) for escapism,Continue reading “The 10 Best Movies of 2022”

10 Movie Spotlights of 2022

The form associated with a ranked best-of-the-year list carries an assumption of objectivity. Some critics will counter this by stating right at the beginning that “art is subjective” as an excuse for where their sensibility overtakes reason. Instead, I have decided to do something different. In addition to my top ten of 2022, there wereContinue reading “10 Movie Spotlights of 2022”

The 5 Worst Films of 2022

Last year had quite a few rough in the gems. There’s an apocalyptic energy in the popcorn-scented air; every movie feels as if it must be the final note on its themes. This feeling from behind the scenes has made these movies grander, bigger, For my dishonorable mentions I’ve decided to point to the twoContinue reading “The 5 Worst Films of 2022”

Avatar: The Way of Water Review: Old Fashioned Storytelling With New Fashioned Spectacle

You can stop holding your breath for suspense reasons and start holding for your dive deep into the waters of Pandora; Avatar: The Way of Water is a stunning return to old-school blockbuster filmmaking from the master of it, James Cameron. This remarkable film is more than the sum of the parts many point outContinue reading “Avatar: The Way of Water Review: Old Fashioned Storytelling With New Fashioned Spectacle”

The Fabelmans Review: Art is a Drug and Film is a Dream

Once upon a time, Sammy Fabelman shuffled up to the theater, afraid to watch his first movie. In a long-ago era where the concept is so novel, his parents have to explain it to him to soothe his fear of the experience. “Movies are dreams you never forget,” his mother Mitzi (Michelle Williams) presents toContinue reading “The Fabelmans Review: Art is a Drug and Film is a Dream”

The Power of Rock ’n’ Roll Directing: ‘School of Rock’

This will come as huge news to some people, so I’ll put it in bold. I have a new favorite director of all time. I’ll bet you’re shocked. The title was previously held by hyperactive auteur Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Baby Driver, The World’s End) until a recent rediscovery of the filmographyContinue reading “The Power of Rock ’n’ Roll Directing: ‘School of Rock’”

Glass Onion Review: Agatha Christie on Twitter

Bringing back the perceptive humor and Poirot charm of the first Knives Out, Glass Onion tackles questions involving class while explicitly, and rightfully, stating a phrase that haunts every critic’s existence; “it’s not that deep.” Yet by spelling out its title’s metaphor, Glass Onion accomplishes both a strong statement about the unscrupulous wealthy in theContinue reading Glass Onion Review: Agatha Christie on Twitter”

Smile Review: A Trauma-Horror That Bares Its Teeth

In the sea of A24 movies that are “secretly about trauma,” the emergence of something more overt, effective, and, let’s be honest, horrific should be celebrated. This seat-gripping dive into the horrors of mental illness doesn’t offer easy answers, nor bask in the romanticism of the misunderstood. There’s a quality of solid storytelling at workContinue reading Smile Review: A Trauma-Horror That Bares Its Teeth”

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Movie Theaters and the Internal Sunshine of the Conscious Mind

Many articles have been written defending getting off your lazy bum and checking out a movie on the big screen, surrounded by sticky floors and the never distant waft of stale popcorn. Usually, these pieces wage war on streaming services by professing their love for a great blockbuster or film festival darling seen with aContinue reading Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Movie Theaters and the Internal Sunshine of the Conscious Mind”

What About Bob? Is Smarter Than You Remember

It’s 1991, and if you’re a lucky, healthy ignorant you haven’t had to think about mental illness for much of your life outside of an easy reader self-help book swimming in your nightstand dust. You catch the latest Bill Murray comedy, perhaps even noting that Miss Piggy directed it if you’re a child at heart,Continue reading What About Bob? Is Smarter Than You Remember”