Film Review: You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Considering the Trumpian age in which we live, it's difficult to make the case that we need another film that revolves around the wild exploits of an angry, violent, middle-aged white man. Yet that is just what Lynne Ramsay's incredibly cynical film, You Were Never Really Here, serves up, trading in the brutal, reactionary fantasies…Read more Film Review: You Were Never Really Here (2017)

On Mudbound, Darkest Hour and the Problem with the “Great Man Theory”

I love reading popular history. What all this reading has done, aside from reminding me that my feeble mind and body would never have survived in any other era, is solidify that consuming history matters. And that’s not because I prescribe to the tired notion that if people simply remember history they will no longer…Read more On Mudbound, Darkest Hour and the Problem with the “Great Man Theory”

Film Review: Dagon (2002)

We're still waiting for a high budget, no bullshit film adaptation of an H.P Lovecraft story. There have been notable efforts over the years. For instance, recent Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro  bent over backwards to bring an adaptation of Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness to fruition a few years back. The film was going to cost…Read more Film Review: Dagon (2002)

Film Review: Black Death (2010)

From 1347 to 1351, the black death, also known as the bubonic plague and the great mortality, swept across Europe. In four years, it killed between 75-200 million people and altered nearly every aspect of medieval life in the process - from literature and art to economics and religion. The plague is at the heart…Read more Film Review: Black Death (2010)

Film Review: The Greatest Showman (2017)

Many films are a "guilty pleasure," entertainment you know you shouldn't like and that you certainly wouldn't admit to liking in mixed company. It's more rare, however, when a film appears on the scene that blows that definition out of the water, a film that you not only wouldn't admit to liking in mixed company,…Read more Film Review: The Greatest Showman (2017)

Film Review: Home Again (2017)

It’s impossible to know fully why actors choose the roles they do. Whether it be the script, the subject matter or the chance to work with an admired collaborator, there are likely many reasons for an actor to sign onto a specific project. In the case of this year’s listless romantic comedy Home Again, one must…Read more Film Review: Home Again (2017)