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)

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)

Film Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Over the course of my life I have probably seen Disney's animated version of Beauty and the Beast at least a dozen times. I love it, even to this day. The stunning animation, voice acting and songs hold up remarkably well. The film was groundbreaking for its time and remains a watershed moment for the…Read more Film Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Film Review: Jackie (2016)

Pablo Larrain’s Jackie is many things. It is heartbreaking yet triumphant, claustrophobic yet expansive, classical yet innovative; but most of all, it is a great film. From an acting, directing and editorial standpoint, Jackie is a terrific achievement, impeccably executed yet almost never ostentatious or distracting. These traits are complimented by the film’s unique and…Read more Film Review: Jackie (2016)

Film Review: Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Dylan Thomas's 66-year-old poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," shows up repeatedly in our culture, most recently ad nauseum in the 2014 film Interstellar. It’s not hard to ascertain why. Thomas's words capture a provocative theme, outlining the inevitability of death while celebrating the struggle for survival. This theme is at the…Read more Film Review: Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Film Review: My King (2015)

No story is potentially more predictable than the romantic drama. Well, scratch that, there are stories about dogs. In both cases, you usually know what to expect. Both narratives are almost always marked by pathos, and, more than likely, they both don’t end well. In the French film, My King (now on DVD), starring Emmanuelle…Read more Film Review: My King (2015)