Us and The Beach Bum are Two Films in Dialogue

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Us and The Beach Bum* Last weekend I saw Us and this week I saw The Beach Bum, and while these were both movies I have been anticipating I did not expect them to be in dialogue with one another. Watching any two movies in quick succession leads to comparison, but… Continue reading Us and The Beach Bum are Two Films in Dialogue

Is Vice a Bad Film? Or is it Not Trying to be a Film?

Adam McKay’s film Vice follows the life and political career of Vice President Dick Cheney, and it has been received with truly polarized reactions. The success of The Big Short was so resounding that I almost forgot that before that movie McKay films were gonzo comedies starring Will Ferrell. Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and The… Continue reading Is Vice a Bad Film? Or is it Not Trying to be a Film?

The Cloverfield Paradox: In Space, No One Can Hear You “Meh”

Before its release, monster movie Cloverfield announced its presence as a trailer before Transformers. Shaky footage of New York being destroyed by some unseen foe followed by, not a title, but simply the date “1-18-08”. 10 Cloverfield Lane, filmed in secret, appeared on the radar with a trailer less than three months before the film’s… Continue reading The Cloverfield Paradox: In Space, No One Can Hear You “Meh”

Guy Maddin Remakes Vertigo and Recreates a City in The Green Fog

I saw Guy Maddin’s new film one day after learning it existed. I’m a big fan of Guy Maddin, The Saddest Music in the World and My Winnipeg are two of the most fascinating and beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. I was excited when I read that his latest film, The Green Fog, is a… Continue reading Guy Maddin Remakes Vertigo and Recreates a City in The Green Fog

Three Billboards Hits the Nail on the Nose with a Molotov Cocktail

The season of award-hungry film releases has begun. A time when studios release movies they suspect will appeal to… whoever votes on major film awards. This, in theory, means the movies breaking through to the cineplex are better and more interesting than those released for the broader public the rest of the year. However some… Continue reading Three Billboards Hits the Nail on the Nose with a Molotov Cocktail

Certain Women is Honest and Empathetic

Although I had never seen any of her films, Kelly Reichardt is a filmmaker who I’ve admired for a while. How is it possible to admire an artist without having any experience with their work? Well my senior year in college I was the AV assistant for a freshman film theory course. I loaded up… Continue reading Certain Women is Honest and Empathetic