Review: Disney’s Encanto

It’s hard to imagine that 83 years, 11 months ago, Walt Disney pioneered animated films with his first, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” a film that reflects on family, on wishes, on princesses, on desires, on fairy tale endings. For its sixtieth animated film comes Byron Howard and Jared Bush's "Encanto," now in cinemas. [...]

By |2021-11-24T10:34:45-07:00November 24th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

We're all getting a bit tired of the 30-year late continued saga films.  Nostalgia is hot and everyone wants to cash in, most without a real love or understanding of the source material.  2016's "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call" is a perfect example of this.  It was kinda fun and had nods to things fans remember [...]

By |2021-11-19T15:39:26-07:00November 19th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: An Elephant Sitting Still

It’s rare for a filmmaker to create a masterpiece with their first film. Most filmmakers, from Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese to David Cronenberg, had to develop their craft with their first few films before making their first great film. The most famous exception to this was Orson Welles, who astonished the cinema world with his classic [...]

By |2021-11-12T23:43:08-07:00November 12th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: tick, tick….BOOM!

Lin-Manuel Miranda has had a solid year in 2021 as he transitions from theater to film. First, it was with “In the Heights,” based on his stage play. Next, the upcoming “Encanto,” Disney’s 60th animated film for which he contributed musical numbers. Now, from Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Netflix, comes "tick, tick . . [...]

By |2021-11-12T08:30:59-07:00November 12th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Belfast

Belfast This statement will sound like a generality and is intentional, but in every Kenneth Branagh film I've seen, there is a child-like naivete that emerges; humor guided through the lens of experience. However, his stories also peer out of that same lens to offer a unique view of the worlds he invites us in [...]

By |2021-11-12T00:38:26-07:00November 12th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: King Richard

On the surface, "King Richard,"  the story of Richard Williams raising his two daughters, Venus and Serena, to be tennis superstars is just as inspiring as the marketing claims it to be.  Through sheer determination, they went from having very little, living in Compton, to being two of the greatest athletes of all time.  It's [...]

By |2021-11-11T21:29:13-07:00November 11th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Eternals”

It's already become cliche to say "Eternals is different than any other film in the MCU!"  And while it still fits the basic Marvel formula of action, abrupt humor, and excessive CGI climaxes, Kevin Feige has allowed some very bold deviations. Most notably is hiring Chloé Zhao to write and direct the film.  Her academy [...]

By |2021-11-05T16:29:56-07:00November 5th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: The Souvenir Part II

The Souvenir Part II As the 2021 Awards Season kicks into high gear, we're reminded of the glass we look through to find our place in the world. Call it a window, a camera viewfinder; we feel with our eyes, act with our mouths, touch with our hands. Joanna Hogg's "The Souvenir Part II" expands [...]

By |2021-11-05T12:24:48-07:00November 5th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Throughout his career, Wes Anderson has steadily developed and honed his distinctive voice as an accomplished visual stylist and sly satirist in the tradition of Ernst Lubitsch. With “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson created his most fully realized portrait yet about the follies and joys of the human condition. With its baroque mise-en-scene and [...]

By |2021-10-30T23:09:42-07:00October 30th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Antlers”

I love movies that have layers.  There's the base story, which can be enjoyed on one level, but then deeper meanings when you recognize the metaphors being explored.  This usually happens in horror and sci-fi films which are more apt at exploring everyday themes by framing them in extraordinary circumstances.  "Antlers" attempts to do this [...]

By |2021-10-29T23:32:52-07:00October 29th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments