Another double feature of reviews to put up today, and perhaps not the last as we inch ever so closer to finishing the year up. Today, we'll be taking a look at heated glimpses into the world of the printing press, and the complex politics of the police system, brought to us respectively by Steven Spielberg and Martin McDonagh, in two of the year's very best films. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018
And with the year finally come to a close, taking all of the bewildering insanity and infuriating bitterness with it, it's time once again to reflect on the cinematic year that has been, and what the future holds in store. That doesn't mean the coverage is over mind you, since Oscar season is now in full swing, and there are still plenty of high profile releases to be seen. I look forward to all of those coming out, but as always, it's time to turn my attention to some smaller or under the radar releases, both from recently, and from earlier in the year. Enjoy?
Thursday, January 4, 2018
All right! Time to play catch up. I'm always one of the last to unveil my picks for the best and worst movies of the year, as my local theater scene doesn't always make it convenient for me to play catch-up (and Heaven forbid those movies have subtitles), and 2017 has been a particularly brutal year personally. But now, I'm ready to see some of the year's most buzzed-about titles, which finally make their way to my side of town. Starting things off, are some thoughts on the latest big contenders, from seasoned veterans Joe Wright, Ridley Scott, and Guillermo del Toro.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
But even rarer is to see an *original* musical, one not based on any Broadway shows or pre-existing properties, make its way to the screen. 2017 alone has yielded two epic results, Pixar's Coco, and this Christmas season's release of The Greatest Showman, inspired by the Prince of Humbug P.T. Barnum. I guess Barnum was right, and I'm that sucker born to indulge in unabashed romps like this one. So how did this one stack up?
Friday, December 15, 2017
And while this wasn't enough to take away from what a great time it was, it was still clearly a first step into a much bigger and greater sandbox. Now freed from the shackles of nostalgic expectations, and able to more carefully craft its blank slate, and a time-waster spin-off inbetween to tide us over, the adventures of Rey and company can continue down darker, more complex, more unexpected routes in the follow-up film, The Last Jedi. And if falling short of the same standards set by The Force Awakens, is only slightly so. The fact still remains that this is one thoroughly satisfying and awe-inspiring film.
Reviewer's note: This review will have minor spoilers for The Last Jedi, as well as spoilers for The Force Awakens. Read at your own risk.