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The Devil All the Time Relies Desperately on its Influences and Marvelous Performers — Maybe, Too Much?

Somebody initiate a “Robert Pattinson’s Seamless Accents Club” already! Netflix’s latest drop The Devil All the Time is a “karma bites!” type of tale, one that takes us on a journey into the questionable aftermaths of our actions that seem all too righteously intentional to be coincidences. Over and above that though, Antonio Campos’ film […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Steve McQueen’s Shame (2011)

Thank you, Steve McQueen for your Criterion edition of Don Jon.  Aside from falling into convention occasionally and hokily promoting its frequently honeyed-down score, Shame freaked the jeepers out of me in the most elegant possible way! Somebody, for the millionth time, give McQueen the award for BEST horror director of the 21st Century! McQueen […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Takashi Miike’s The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

God bless whatever drugs Takashi Miike is on.  After a deranged stop-motion opening that’ll likely define the cinematic highlight of 2020 at a whisk for me, The Happiness of the Katakuris’ principal narrative commences, and from there on out, becomes even stranger and stranger as the piece unravels. A remote family has initiated a vacational […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast (2000)

Wait? You mean to tell me Frank the Bunny starred in this before he did in Donnie Darko? My life is a lie! Jonathan Glazer delivers such a perverted grace in executing sequences whether it be from the heart-attack editing procedures, shot miscellany, or musical choices, even despite it all being incorporated into a movie […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Jonathan Glazer’s Strasbourg 1518

Jonathan Glazer’s newest short film Strasbourg 1518 is an anxiety protruding ten minutes, I must say. The actual event itself, though, now that… that was exceedingly interesting to research. Cannot stress how much I adore candid yet schizophrenic dancing choreography, so I may lean with a soft spot for this short film despite it being […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

The Magnificent Ambersons opens up with 10 minutes of Orson Welles’ trademark “random normie characters spout out blatant exposition” and from there on out, sets up the tale of the biggest drama king at the ball, George Minafer, a wealthy young man who has karma bite his ass harder than studios ever bit Welles. Gosh, […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Ken Burns’ Empire of the Air (1992)

“Sound is the first stirring of the infant.” Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio is a pretty standardly crafted historical account. This is my introduction to acclaimed documentary director Ken Burns. I do approve of the film’s infectious sound effects, tasteful audio/news excerpts, competent editing, etc. It is, nevertheless, maybe a little […]

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The Live-Action Mulan Remake is a Disgrace (Not to Our Surprise)

Eh. This remake is like if Zack Snyder directed a Mulan remake but actually liked color. I must’ve watched the 1998 Mulan at least a hundred times as a kid. If you don’t know, I’m half Chinese, half Caucasian. In spite of my ethnic background, this is just coming from my experience personally, I don’t […]

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Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things is the Epitome of a Perfect “Adaptation”

Yes, I ate at a Dairy Queen for the first time in years right before watching this in celebration of the novel which features DQ as one of the main locations. AND WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT? LOW AND BEHOLD, THE MOVIE DIDN’T KEEP THIS DEMANDING DETAIL OF THE BOOK IN IT’S TRANSFORMATION; THE MOST CRUCIAL […]

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Quick-Thoughts: New Mutants

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors anyone?  Pushed forward with its release date countless times spanning a near three years, changed from an MPAA rating of R to PG-13, and reassessed to a merciless pulp, it’s safe to say many fans of Fox’s progressively dying X-Men franchise were beginning to wonder if this […]