Finding Your Way in the ‘City of God’

The tagline for City of God is captivating for those uninitiated, but a loaded statement to reflect upon after viewing. “If you run, the beast catches you; if you stay,the beast eats you” the tag iterates how fated circumstances constructed by environment and attitude will inevitable cause demise. The chicken that darts across the streets […]

The ‘Beautiful Boy’ and the Dangers of Repetition [Review]

“For those few soul-freezing moments, you get a glimpse of the great actorTimothée Chalamet is going to be” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly “…an intoxicating, frightening and emotionally honest essay on the self-destructive impulses of the nascent artist”- Phillip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette “It was impossible in Beautiful Boy not to take notice of Chalamet’s seemingly undauntable talent, […]

The Love and Loss of ‘In The Mood for Love’

Stephen Teo compares Kar-Wai Wong’s In the Mood for Love to Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory for its own unique portrayal of the passing of time. It is an odd comparison as to where Dali’s The Persistence of Memory shows a landscape unaffected by time, melting in demonstration of how surreal the manifestation of […]

Everyone has an Opinion on ‘She-Ra’! This is Mine

It’s She-Ra (CLAP CLAP) she’s a hero (CLAP CLAP). This is the wrong Sunday morning cartoon. Welcome to She-Ra and the Princesses of Politics a show that no matter what opinion you hold, countless people will hate you. I’ve heard the perspective from the detractors, and I’ve listened to the defenders and I’ve watched the show […]

It’s All About Perspective? – Fanny and Alexander Critical Analysis

Ingmar Bergman’s swan song, his intended finale to an illustrious career, Fanny and Alexander proves to be nothing less then an epic. The three-hour long film captures everything Bergman transcribed into his works: nihilism, humanism, humor, arthouse cinema, death, murder, and fantasy being invasive to reality. Fanny and Alexander is Bergman at a stylistically tame […]

Is The Netflix Original ‘Cam’ Worth Watching?

I just finished this… truly bizarre experience that is watching the recent Netflix Original Cam.  While still trying to digest the film myself maybe I’ll do a full review of it but this is just a quick two cents of whether you should pass or play on this one. Got it, okay let’s answer that […]

‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Feels Like a Fever-Dream

Does Disney just make these live-action movies for the purpose of giving children sensory overload at this point. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to put it succinctly is an overstimulating and over bloated movie with such an over reliance on CGI environments that it hopes it provides enough spectacle to take an extremely lackluster […]

How a Streetcar,a Heart Transplant, and a Prostitute Reminds Me ‘All About My Mother’?

Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire uses Stella Kowalski’s abusive and unfulfilling relationship as a cautionary tale to portray the importance of letting go and leaving things behind. The parallels that All About My Mother produces comes to a different conclusion, the importance opting in, letting go of your insecurities and accepting your place. The whole conceit […]

Farce or Fantasy? Filmmaking Through the Lens of ‘Day for Night’

Jean-Luc Godard’s accusation against Francois Truffaut for presenting the process of filmmaking as something fraudulently sentimental is unjustified. The words spat by Godard to disparage Truffaut and his vision is more or less a statement on the quality of Day for Night, but a blunt statement that services as proof that la nouvelle vague, French […]

The Pessimists Paradox: The Irony, Symbolism, and Cynicism of ‘La Dolce Vita’

A barrage of paparazzi swarm around a starlet bombarding her with a multitude of questions. One question particularly stands out, and that is whether she considers Italian Neo-realism dead? The question seems incredibly dense in company of the other questions as well as to be directed towards a pop culture icon. The question is even […]

What is “Don’t Watch This”? ( Netflix Review)

In the spirit of Halloween I decided to check out the Netflix “series” titled Don’t Watch This and every review I’ve seen of it makes the same joke how the title really represents the show well. To me, Don’t Watch This is quite possibly the most bafflingly incompetent show I’ve ever seen. So Don’t Watch […]