Movie Reviews

The Kings of Summer
Published by on Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

The cutthroat board game Monopoly might have divided more families than have brought together, and in The Kings of Summer, it is a catalyst that drives men mad. This 2013 comedy is an endearing ode to attain freedom during one’s adolescence. Filled with both promising newcomers and cult comedy stars, The Kings of Summer is never forceful in its humor. It depicts the freedom of nature as a beauty to behold and manhood as an earned attribute.

Published by on Monday, August 12, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Francis Ford Coppola made four of the most important films of the 1970s back-to-back-to-back, but the financial failure of One From the Heart drove him to work hand-in-hand with the studios. His ten year break between The Rainmaker and Youth Without Youth, followed by Tetro, gave him a chance to focus on his Napa Valley vineyard and nurture projects within his family. His most recent film is also his new misstep.

Only God Forgives
Published by on Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to his much-loved indie gangster flick, Drive, is a difficult, hyper-real, and aesthetically progressive film, but it lacks the strong, sensitive narrative of its predecessor.

The To Do List
Published by on Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Humanity’s complex societies have made our species rather ignorant of our individual sexual maturation. Sex has become both awkwardly depressing and comedic as we navigate the literal and figurative ins and outs. The To Do List depicts one young woman’s goal to experience the whole roster of sexual activities the summer just before her freshman year at college.

The Conjuring
Published by on Monday, August 5, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

The Exorcist terrified the nation like no other horror film before it, and its demonic themes and imagery were inventive and captivating. It was supposedly based on a true event. Just the words “based off a true story” will assist audiences into believing anything they see, because if marketing says it, it must be true. The Coen Brothers made use of this concept with Fargo.

Published by on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 12:32pm | 0 Comments

Check out my review of Pacific Rim over at Perihelion Science Fiction Magazine. 



Published by on Monday, July 22, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Having arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray the day of baseball’s all-star game, at a moment when race relations in America become ever more tenuous following the George Zimmerman verdict, 42: The Jackie Robinson Story depicts the drama of one man overcoming a firestorm of hate and prejudice to become Major League Baseball’s first black player.

Published by on Friday, July 19, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Mental illness in all its forms is devastating for the individual, their families, and the communities they inhabit. One mere incident can cause someone to lose their footing for years, and the odds are almost always stacked against them. Home: _ is a fictional study of one man’s quest to manage his illness, earn a living, and make amends with his family, while resisting the impulses that might dislodge him from his specific plan.

Spring Breakers
Published by on Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 5:00am | 1 Comments

“Spring Break Forever” is the mantra uttered throughout most of Spring Breakers, a subversive satire about recklessness and materialism of the spring break tradition. What used to be a chance for college students to take a brief intermission from the second semester, the spring break week has become one of the most cherished weeks of the academic calendar.

Stories We Tell
Published by on Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Sarah Polley is an actress, writer, and director whose career began in the mid-1980s. She comes from a rather dynamic family in Toronto. Her mother, Diane Polley, was a stage actress and her father, Michael, also had a short-lived theatrical career until the two married and had children. Sarah, the youngest of several children, looked and acted differently than the others, enough that jokes and rumors pervaded the family.