‘Good Time’: layered character writing

A good sense of direction. Great acting. Beautiful cinematography. They all enhance a movie. However, none are as crucial to holding a movie together as character. Character is the avenue by which the writer gets the film's message across. A good character can tell us a lot about life. We, as an … [Read more...]

IT remake: a safe yet good film

I will be the first to admit that I was not rooting for "It." After hearing about the original director (Cary Fukunaga) leaving the project due to creative differences with the studio, I had doubts about the direction of the project. Fukunaga is responsible for directing the beautiful film, "Beasts … [Read more...]

Train to Busan leads train to my heart

Fall is almost upon us, which means we're getting closer and closer to one of my favorite holidays: Halloween. I feel that in preparation it is only appropriate to discuss one of my favorite recent horror movies — Train to Busan. Train to Busan is a South Korean horror movie about a father and … [Read more...]

‘La La Land’ sings and dances its way into hearts

In honor of it finally coming out on Blu-Ray, I feel like it is finally time to express my thoughts on La La Land in writing. I have seen this movie three times in theaters and vehemently recommend it to everyone I know, it is safe to say that I love this movie. It encapsulates everything I love in … [Read more...]

Short Term 12: a Netflix gem

I always wince when I hear the phrase: "Netflix doesn't have any good movies." One reason that I think many people come to this conclusion is because they overlook a major film genre that is incredibly important: the independent film. You see, I can agree that Netflix did not provide many well … [Read more...]

‘Beauty and Beast’ remake fails to give reason for existing

I go into different movies with different expectations. With John Wick Chapter 2, I went into it hoping that we would get more of what made the first movie great. I went into Fifty Shades Darker hoping to feel an emotional connection between its two lover. For Beauty and The Beast,  I wanted this … [Read more...]

‘Burden of Dreams’ shows conflict of two cultures working together

The filming business has always been tough, but when a filmmaker has to work with an entirely different culture in an environment where his culture is not used to, the business definitely gets tougher. That's what is shown in director Les Blank's documentary, Burden of Dreams. The movie shows a … [Read more...]

Logan gives Hugh Jackman proper Wolverine sendoff

I was greatly impressed with Fox Studio's release of Deadpool, last year. It was refreshing to see a modern comic book movie take such a bold risk in service of adapting its character faithfully. This is the same feeling I had when leaving Logan. Logan takes place in a near future where mutants … [Read more...]

Fifty Shades Darker gives love a bad name

I want to preface before I go into my thoughts on Fifty Shades Darker that I am a huge sucker for a good love story. I love it when a movie can convince me that the two leads have a genuine connection with one another, get me invested in a relationship and play with my emotions as I watch the lovers … [Read more...]

John Wick 2 exceeds expectations

John Wick Chapter 2 follows the story of an ex hit-man, John Wick, who gets pulled back into his old line of work through a past deal. After holding up his end of the bargain, he is betrayed and seeks to get revenge on the man who wronged him. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, Ruby … [Read more...]