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”

The Matrix Resurrections: Self-Criticism Does Not Equal Substance

Some critics are praising this film for how fresh it feels rather than what it actually accomplishes on a storytelling level. I can understand how someone who feels there is very little new to see in theaters among the sea of nostalgic retreads might find a light in the form of Resurrections. There is meritContinue reading The Matrix Resurrections: Self-Criticism Does Not Equal Substance”

E.I. Emotional Intelligence and A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a meditation on the limitless soul-crushing void at the center of the human condition, and what great lengths we might reach to in order to fill it. That is what fascinates me so much about this film as opposed to other robot movies. It presupposes that “I think, therefore I am” and then asks the logical follow up question “What the hell am IContinue reading “E.I. Emotional Intelligence and A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Simulation in Black Mirror‘s “Be Right Back”

Reality is the simulation of life.  Wait. No, that’s not right. Let me try again.  Simulation is the reality of life. From the moment humans discovered they were only perceiving their lives through a limited number of senses, the idea of comparing what is truly real to what is just our perception of reality has thrown our collective minds forContinue reading “Simulation in Black Mirror‘s “Be Right Back””