The indie that started it all

In the spirit of Halloween, I would like to talk about one of the most influential horror films ever made: George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead." The film is single-handedly responsible for creating modern pop culture's biggest Hollywood monster: the zombie. Despite these hurtles, "Night of … [Read more...]

Blade Runner 2049: a modern masterpiece

"Blade Runner 2049" is a film that I have wanted to see ever since its announcement. With brilliant auteur Denis Villeneuve at the helm and one of my favorite modern actors, Ryan Gosling, set to star in the movie, I could not help but get excited. With so much anticipation for this film, there was a … [Read more...]

Kingsman sequel misses the mark

    "Kingsman: The Secret Service" was a breath of fresh air for the spy genre. Matthew Vaughn's style and visual flair blended with a conventional coming-of-age story made for a refreshing spy movie. The film parodied conventional spy flicks and overall made a mockery of the … [Read more...]

‘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...]

Panda Express vs. Panda Kitchen: Battle of the orange chicken

Like most broke college students, we usually get hungry, especially when the dining halls are closed. This rang true for me on Labor Day. Mesquite Dining Hall was the only on campus restaurant open, and the food did not look appetizing. Thanks to my love of food, especially of the Asian variety, I … [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...]

Reasons why I love ’13 Reasons Why’

Over the holiday break, I decided to binge watch Netflix's newest craze: 13 Reasons Why. I honestly can see what all of the hype is about. This is a bandwagon that I do not mind shamelessly hopping on. I'm sorry that I have not read the book or that I just only found out what it was a week ago, but … [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...]