Annihilation (!!!)

I’ve been looking forward to Annihilation since before I even knew what Annihilation was. After seeing Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina I was immediately excited to see what this filmmaker would do next. Ex Machina was impressively simple and stylish. It made a dialogue driven story utterly cinematic. Annihilation‘s premise didn’t really excite me, and… Continue reading Annihilation (!!!)

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”

Fantastic Beasts is a Fantastic Feast, Warts and All

Fantastic Beasts, while genuinely enjoyable, has some serious flaws.

What ‘Billy Lynn’ Lacks in Perspective it Makes Ups for in Frames (per second)

People have strong opinions about the US Military. This includes every character in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

Crimson Peak is Hot and Cold and Better For It

Crimson Peak seems to claim two distinct genres, constantly shifting between horror and melodrama. Does this make it an indecisive mess or a delectable example of genre-fusion?

American Honey is Good, but Oh My God it is Long.

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey is bold, deliberate, and immersive. But does deserve its near 3 hour runtime?

Nightcrawler: The Hollow Man

Nightcrawler (2014) is a tense thriller follows Lou Bloom as he forces himself into the sensational world of crime journalism. What motivates him, and how does his behavior personify the films major themes of blind ambition and the American dream? Chris Maher explores this and more below.