Quickie: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Came for Robert Mitchum. Stayed for Robert Mitchum. That’s my review. Thanks for sticking around. Wait. One last thing. I believe the lesson here is to not marry a preacher if you’re planning on having a good time. A serial killer preacher especially, I suppose. And. And. I’m not a big sucker for those movie […]

Quickie: Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket (1996)

Wes Anderson’s debut Bottle Rocket was a p-r-e-t-t-y g-o-o-d directorial debut! Its drawbacks are glaring, but it’s strapping charm and characters countermand these pesky attributes. Some of the dialogue does seem like it was astronomically winged, and the movie is cut in a fashion that is a tad bit jarring at times. Nonetheless, for anyone […]

Quickie: Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow (2015)

There are a couple of quintessential landmarks that can be pinpointed in cinema’s historical timeline. Importantly, these landmarks often revolve around the sole creation of innovative short films that have paved the path for how films are customarily crafted.  In 1929, Luis Buñuel released one of the first pieces of surrealist cinema, Un Chien Andalou […]

Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012): A Modern-Day Animated Classic

In some sense, Don Hertzfeldt has played a paramount role in my life growing up. One of the first YouTube videos I ever saw back when I was a wee-little boy was his short film Rejected. I had no clue what it meant or what was happening in it, but as an uncorrupted, curious child, […]

Quick-Thoughts: The Farewell

I’m about 99.7% sure that The Farewell is the cure to depression. Lulu Wang’s personal feature The Farewell is just the ideal whisk of innate humor and consequential tragedy. It’s nothing radically contrary from what I have seen before in countless other dramas before, but the execution is gashed to such exuberant perfection that it’s […]

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Even Better the Second Time Around

2nd Viewing Things I caught onto this time around: • I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie that’s so wholesome yet violent at the same time.  • There are more feet in this movie than there are needles in Trainspotting. • Sharon Tate’s character is not wasted in this movie. The purpose of her […]

Quickie: Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror (1975)

To what Ingmar Bergman’s Persona did to Bergman’s career can be considered uniform to what Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror did to Tarkovsky’s career. Acting out as a more impenetrable theory thesis than most other smug, scientific conceptions of time, Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror (or just “Mirror”) is a narrative ignition of tampered memories and is […]

Jon Favreau’s 2019 The Lion King Live-Action Remake: Why it’s an Absolute Disgrace Against Cinema

The Lion King (2019) Rant Review Warning: Some content in this review may be seen as “offensive.” I have high hopes that Jon Favreau’s The Lion King remake will go down as the greatest bank robbery in the history of cinema. Some of you won’t even know it because you’re so animatronically attached to your […]

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood: As Unexpected As Unexpected Gets

Evan Ambrose’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Spoiler-Free Review Warning: This review will contain excessive amounts of the f-word in the spirit of Tarantino. I remember seeing the second trailer for Tarantino’s ninth (but technically tenth) film way back in May of 2019 and thinking to myself “I have no clue what this movie […]