Mandy Review | A Hellish Descent Into Camp

Ah, what glorious insanity, an expert fusion of art house and schlock. With a distinctive aesthetic, a multifaceted Nic Cage performance, and a distinctive tone, Mandy is a must see for fans of action-horror. It's a great Halloween film, and conveniently is available for streaming alongside its limited release. Check out my full review of … Continue reading Mandy Review | A Hellish Descent Into Camp

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review – Heroism with Heart

There is just such pure optimism at the heart of My Hero Academia, an optimism that is routinely portrayed in the most genuine and expressive way possible. While it's battle-shonen pacing and slavish recreation of panels that were better served in manga can hurt its appeal at times, Bones adaptation is nothing short of a marvel to … Continue reading My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review – Heroism with Heart

A Silent Voice Review – Bullying and Redemption

Kids are cruel, and there is no shortage of depictions of this cruelty in the world of film. The annals of cinema is littered with bullying heels, and under-aged villains who ridicule the protagonist for their perceived differences. Whether it's this year’s realist Eighth Grade, the bountiful Hughes-esque teen-comedies of the 80s, or the hyperbolic … Continue reading A Silent Voice Review – Bullying and Redemption

Eighth Grade Review- Social Anxiety Personified

While most movies seek to embellish reality through constant dramatic flourishes, sometimes slavishly building on the lineage of their chosen genre, there is a smaller subset of films that challenge the typical characteristics of the type of story they’re telling. Bo Burnham’s directotial debut, Eighth Grade, is a coming of age story. While this is … Continue reading Eighth Grade Review- Social Anxiety Personified

Mission Impossible: Fallout Review – Coherent Bombast

The common understanding about how movie sequels progress is that in the best case scenario, there is a gradual case of diminishing returns. For whatever reason, the Mission Impossible series seems to be reversing that expectation, each sequel piling on increasingly creative and outrageously entertaining set-pieces. Mission Impossible: Fallout is arguably the highlight of the … Continue reading Mission Impossible: Fallout Review – Coherent Bombast

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review – The Epitome of Average

It’s no secret that Solo went through a somewhat disastrous production process, much beloved directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord sacked for “creative differences”. This heavy handed management of the brand, combined with a limiting premise, seemed to doom Solo from the start. The good news is that the result isn’t nearly as much of … Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story Review – The Epitome of Average