Quickie: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011)

Review of the Theatrical Cut Terrence Malick basically just saw the 1o-minute-long Stargate sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and was like, “Fuck it, let me recreate that scene for the opening of my film!” God-like score/soundtrack. Masterful directing. Entrancing editing. Genuinely, the prettiest movie I’ve ever laid my eyes upon. Wish its […]

Quickie: Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (2003)

Ha. You and I both know that David Fincher wishes he had made this bombastic movie. Memories of Murder contains: an ingenious script, an ingenious premise, ingenious directing, ingenious execution, ingenious characters, ingenious performances, ingenious twists, ingenious reveals, ingenious asperities, ingenious pacing, and man, if that isn’t an ingenious finale that just gashes you in […]

Quickie: Ichi the Killer (2001)

Tarantino must have lost his shit when he saw this movie. I’ve got to hand it to Takashi Miike, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a more intimidating gang of killers than Kakihara’s coldblooded squad. Ichi the Killer is like if Twisted Picture’s insanely graphic, distasteful Saw sequels were mildly artistic. It…uniquely…explores how murder […]

Quickie: Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980)

I feel like Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader are one person. They both understand each other as if they shared the same, ingenious brain. They’re indisputably an unstoppable union. Raging Bull is officially my all-time favorite sports movie as of now. Considering I’m more of a “people” person vs a “jabs and punches” person—even though […]

Quickie: Hoop Dreams (1994)

3 reasons why Hoops Dreams is currently my favorite sports movie (besides The Wrestler, Moneyball, and I, Tonya) ever: 1) There’s no cheesy hogwash sprinkled in it—but that most likely has to do with the fact that it’s an impartially told documentary. The whole ordeal is brutally honest. 2) The movie tackles many years of […]

Quickie: Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1982)

It’s tough being a celebrity, and it’s even tougher being a fan.  The King of Comedy is possibly the finest character study about an individual who craves a celebrity status. It dabbles with obsession, daydreaming, retribution, expectations, and the subliminal consequences that come with these notions. I think if there’s anything we should learn from […]

Quickie: Universal’s Original 1931 Frankenstein

It’s humorous how a movie that I’ve never seen before can end up becoming such a nostalgic journey down memory lane. Universal Studios was basically a home to me when I was a child, and if you’re not aware of it yet the amusement park has a special attraction referred to as the “Universal Studios […]

Quickie: Steve McQueen’s Hunger (2008)

Only a mind like Steve McQueen could make nearly 96 minutes of Michael Fassbender playing around with his own feces, smoking cigarettes, and trolling prison officers an exquisite accomplishment in nonfictional storytelling. Hunger is a historical film that has no intentions but to accurately reenact the excruciating events that would occur in the Northern Ireland […]

Quickie: Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth (2009)

It’s basically Game Night taken to a whole other level. Episode 1 (of 2 so far) in Yorgos Lanthimos’s “Shitty Families” saga, Dogtooth, is an ugly look into a parenting duo that raises their offspring under the lenses of an ideology that taunts the social trends of common cultures. This ideology infamously involves keeping these three descendants enclosed […]

Quickie: Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden (2016)

Yet, another Park Chan-wook film in which you simply cannot predict its outcomes. He seizes to shock, he seizes to compel, and yes, he seizes to disgust.  And you can’t deny it: The Handmaiden is the “triple-crossers” edition of Blue is the Warmest Color. I was giggling and cringing the entire time. Now, how does […]