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?

Hereditary is Scary

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

Tommy Wiseau and Tonya Harding: What it Takes to Succeed

The following contains spoilers for The Disaster Artist and I, Tonya This past week I’ve seen The Disaster Artist and I, Tonya, which proved to be strikingly complimentary films. This unintentional double feature paired nicely because each tackles the concept of the “American Dream,” the idea that the United States is a unique environment where… Continue reading Tommy Wiseau and Tonya Harding: What it Takes to Succeed

The Beguiled Beguiles These Guys, But at What Cost?

Christopher Maher: Hey Sam, hope you’re enjoying this rainy day. Is it cold out? I don’t think I’ve even been outside yet. Is it misty? Because The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola sure was, and also we saw it yesterday and we’re talking about it today. What’d you think? Samuel B Russell: The Beguiled wasn’t so… Continue reading The Beguiled Beguiles These Guys, But at What Cost?

Atomic Blonde is Very Cool

Every now and then a movie comes out that proves “style over substance” isn’t the awful thing it’s believed to be. We’ve discussed this in past reviews, but when style is all-consuming, when it is the primary purpose of a film, it becomes the substance. And when that style is good enough to sustain an… Continue reading Atomic Blonde is Very Cool

The War is for the Planet, but These Apes are After Your Heart

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