Christopher Maher: The premise of Widows is delightfully simple. Harry Rawlings (Liam Neesom) and his gang are killed in a robbery gone wrong. The man they robbed, Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry) wants the money back, but it’s gone, burned to a crisp along with the robbers. So, he turns to the Harry’s widow, Veronica… Continue reading Widows is a Taut Thriller with a Heart of Cold
There’s one scene in Hereditary that unnerved me unlike any other movie I have seen. I remember clutching my breath and wanting to cry. I can’t spoil it and giving my reaction feels like a spoiler. It was almost as if the film pluck an extremely personal deep fear from my brain and plopped on… Continue reading Hereditary is Scary
A month or so ago I finally saw Rosemary’s Baby for the first time. My S.O. had been trying to watch it with me for awhile, and I always pushed it off. (I don’t watch a lot of scary movies). This week I watched Todd Haynes’ film Safe, on the recommendation of another friend. With… Continue reading The Metaphor of Chronic Illness in Rosemary’s Baby & Safe
The Commuter is the movie I hope and pray for when I commit 90 minutes to watching something I know for a fact isn’t going to be “good.” Last week I reviewed Proud Mary and spent a lot of time talking about how frustratingly dull it’s aesthetics were. To me, judging these films based on… Continue reading The Commuter; It’s No Borat, but’s it’s Very Nice!
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
As we turn the ripe old age of one we take time to reflect on the past year.
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
I am not writing this post because this movie is about an overweight white girl beating the odds. We all struggle with our outward appearance at one point or another; we all are the underdog in our own story. I am writing this review because I left the theater feeling uplifted, smiling, and knowing why… Continue reading Patti Cake$ Challenges the Solo Underdog Story
People often complain about the modern state of cinema (or music, or whatever) and it’s easy to look around and say, “They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.” Especially when you’re regularly inundated with a barrage of crap. But we shouldn’t forget that it’s the one percent of exceptional work that will be… Continue reading The War is for the Planet, but These Apes are After Your Heart