The Invisible Guest (REVIEW)

Concessions Confession: The Invisible Guest is everything you’d want in a mystery thriller, full of twists, deception, and tantalizing crime.  Following the contemporary thriller format of misdirection and making the ‘mystery’ itself what needs to be solve; The Invisible Guest might take its trickery too far but never stops being engaging. Log Line: Spanish businessman … Continue reading The Invisible Guest (REVIEW)

Survive Style 5+ :The Movie That Shouldn't Be

{This post was written by Irina of I Drink and Watch Anime as an April Fool's gag in which we swapped places for a day, she's a much more entertaining writer than me so I hope you enjoy!} Japanese live action cinema can be hit or miss. Unlike Korean cinema that had a resurgence a … Continue reading Survive Style 5+ :The Movie That Shouldn't Be

Too Many Strange Christmas Guests? (X-Mas Special)

Christmas movies, there’s too many of them. I’m no Grinch or Christmas Scrooge it’s just there’s thousands of these flicks. For every Rudolph and Home Alone there’s hundreds of these cheap, silly, pandering, insipid, lazy, uninspired, and just downright stupid movies. As you can see from my past entries that I’ve found some interesting Christmas … Continue reading Too Many Strange Christmas Guests? (X-Mas Special)

“You’ve Never Seen a Tale Like This” Crystal The Lion King (Review)

In the last one: At least I’m glad that my favorite Disney movie doesn’t have any people in it so good luck making a live-action version of The Lion-King. Haha could you imagine… well good luck to whatever Disney property is the next victim. *Goes to check Disney’s line-up* AW F- And so it continues... UCK. … Continue reading “You’ve Never Seen a Tale Like This” Crystal The Lion King (Review)

Diet Aladdin (2019) Review

https://media.giphy.com/media/X98PijOYa3Tl6/giphy.gif I just want to emphasize Jasmine’s facial expression here. Remember when during A Whole New World it just looked like Jasmine was having the time of her life and it was this incredible journey: wind in your hair through this soft blue sky and despite it being this epic adventure across the world and … Continue reading Diet Aladdin (2019) Review

Putting on the Producer’s Cap: Pitching the Next Detective Pikachu

Currently the lightning mouse detective is taking the world by storm. So far, the initial response seems vaguely positive which as a video game adaptation…we take those. Video game film adaptations have a notorious history of being less than stellar. Most for reasons spanning from failing to understand the value of player autonomy in certain … Continue reading Putting on the Producer’s Cap: Pitching the Next Detective Pikachu

Could This Actually Be True? The Secret Behind Synecdoche, New York

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander Life can only contain so many fleeting moments before it all comes to an end. A brutal fact that everyone must accept at some point I suppose. Few films demonstrate a perspective of life filled with such existential melancholy … Continue reading Could This Actually Be True? The Secret Behind Synecdoche, New York

Geeks, Freaks, and Automobiles! Carnival of Souls Review

https://youtu.be/7goumTeBABw Carnival of Souls is best summarized as weird, cheap, but not lacking passion... I only hope I did it justice. I'd be lying if I said I was 100% glad how this review turned out, apologizes for lackluster efforts in terms of sound mixing and making the video entertaining but I think it certainly … Continue reading Geeks, Freaks, and Automobiles! Carnival of Souls Review

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ What Exactly Am I Looking At?

"I can't save you"- Hoboman After watching a film as dense and awkwardly presented as Velvet Buzzsaw one might hope that a self-proclaimed critic such as myself can clarify the film in some regards or possibly legitimize your feelings of disdain or satisfaction. However, in this case I have to refrain and admit to you … Continue reading ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ What Exactly Am I Looking At?

Is ‘Roma’ (2018) as Good as They Say?

“Fellini’s Roma” was attacked in some circles as an example of Fellini coasting on his genius. I find this point of view completely incomprehensible. Critics who would force Fellini back into traditional narrative films are missing the point; Fellini isn’t just giving us a lot of flashy scenes, he’s building a narrative that has a … Continue reading Is ‘Roma’ (2018) as Good as They Say?

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 … Continue reading Finding Your Way in the ‘City of God’

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, … Continue reading The ‘Beautiful Boy’ and the Dangers of Repetition [Review]

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 … Continue reading The Love and Loss of ‘In The Mood for Love’

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

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

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

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