Southside with You

Film Review: Southside with You (2016)

On the surface Richard Tanne's Southside with You has the appearance of a bad joke. Taking place over the course of a 1989 afternoon on Chicago's south side, the film depicts the first date between future first lady Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and future president "No Drama" Obama (Parker Sawyers). Before watching it, I worried…Read more Film Review: Southside with You (2016)

Dunkirk film

Film Review: Dunkirk (2017)

The "Miracle at Dunkirk" has enthralled people since it transpired on the coast of northern France in the early days of World War II. The "miracle" itself occurred after a large number of Allied forces - including British, French, Canadian and Belgian troops -¬† became cut off by the rapid German advance during the Battle…Read more Film Review: Dunkirk (2017)

Film Review: Cruising (1980)

"Ever been porked? Or had a man smoke your pole?" says Paul Sorvino to Al Pacino early in William Friedkin's infamous, 1980's film Cruising. Such an exchange is, in a sense, comical. Yet it also highlights the crassness of Friedkin's film, not to mention its devil-may-care mentality. Depicting the hunt for a serial killer who…Read more Film Review: Cruising (1980)

Film Review: Monster (2003)

With 2003's Monster and now 2017's Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins has proven herself to be a master at depicting fallen worlds, where women must navigate morally-ambiguous societies. In Wonder Woman, that involved the titular hero coming to grips with the notion that mankind is not universally good, only driven to destruction due to the unseen…Read more Film Review: Monster (2003)

The Complex: Chapter XI – A New Day

He had made it through the night, the darkness and the storm. But now he was drifting in a new form of blackness¬†- one more impenetrable than any night. Inside of this velvety, unfathomably-dense void, he was lost in more ways than one. There was no trace, no vestige of himself. His body was, of…Read more The Complex: Chapter XI – A New Day

Film Review: Alien 3 (1992)

The first 30 to 45 minutes of David Fincher's Alien 3 is filled with powerful, audacious filmmaking. Picking up directly after the rousing conclusion of Aliens, the third entry in the now long-running franchise is almost unbearably grim, taking the pseudo family-unit of Ripley, Newt, Bishop and Hicks that was established in Cameron's lighthearted romp…Read more Film Review: Alien 3 (1992)

Film Review: End of Days (1999)

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had two incredibly successful periods in his film career. The first of these is the most obvious. From roughly 1982 to 1994, Arnie established himself as one of the biggest movie-stars in the world, starring in a slew of actioners that brilliantly capitalized on his larger than life personality, charisma and biceps.…Read more Film Review: End of Days (1999)