Detective Pikachu Review | Pokémon Noire

So, as it turns out, it is actually possible for a live action video game movie to be worth watching. In the case of Detective Pikachu, this mostly true due to the great design and CGI work on the Pokemon, as well as Ryan Reynolds' spirited performance as series mascot Pikachu. While this story often … Continue reading Detective Pikachu Review | Pokémon Noire

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Review | A Flawed Experiment

Black Mirror is a series with significant ups and downs. For every transcendentally uplifting San Junipero or grim masterpiece like White Christmas, there are unsuccessful mystery tales like Hated in the Nation or shallow depictions of the current political landscape like The Waldo Moment. Unfortunately, the series' first foray into interactive entertainment exists near the bottom … Continue reading Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Review | A Flawed Experiment

Shoplifters Review | A Compassionate Small-Time Crime Drama

Pairing a crime story with something that resembles the transcendentalist trappings of Ozu isn't the most natural of combinations. However, with Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda pulls off this pairing with such humanistic grace that I can't help but wonder why more stories about criminals don't mirror its empathy. The film presents moral ambiguity and complex characterizations … Continue reading Shoplifters Review | A Compassionate Small-Time Crime Drama

The Favourite | Review: Real Politik and Toxic Love

Although Yorgos Lanthimos' ostentatious style has led to a mild case of diminishing returns, The Favourite deviates from his previous films while retaining his critical eye for depicting relationships. The result is his best picture yet, a period piece about political machinations, schemes, and twisted love. It's aesthetically brilliant, a moving Rembrandt painting that uses light … Continue reading The Favourite | Review: Real Politik and Toxic Love

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs | Review – Highs And Lows Of The Old West

The hotly anticipated Ballad Of Buster Scruggs is finally upon us, and with it we have the Coen's latest foray into a Western setting. However, the film differs from the duo's previous entries in the genre in that it is an anthology, and this format is utilized to deliver a vastly different array of tones and … Continue reading The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs | Review – Highs And Lows Of The Old West

The Night Comes For Us Review | Martial Arts Meets Grindhouse

You know what's cool? The non-stop masterpiece of fight sequence choreography, The Raid: Redemption. You know what else is cool? The Night Comes For Us, another Indonesia action flick that prioritizes innovative brawls, and memorable set-pieces above all else.  Its got more than a little bit of common DNA with The Raid, both in terms of influence … Continue reading The Night Comes For Us Review | Martial Arts Meets Grindhouse

The Other Side Of The Wind Review | A Master’s Cynical Take On Hollywood

Well it seems that Welles will have one final shot at award season. After an elongated, Kafka-esque process, The Other Side of the Wind has finally been released on Netflix more than 40 years after filming was completed on the project. Although in some ways it feels its age, the film is a delightfully sardonic mockumentary … Continue reading The Other Side Of The Wind Review | A Master’s Cynical Take On Hollywood