Film Review: Aladdin (2019)

Going into this year's live-action remake of Aladdin, I was full of misgivings. The trailers really didn't do the film any favours, and it looked like it was going to be a very cheap-looking film. Having watched the film, I can say that some of those fears were ultimately realized; the film, for its enormous … Continue reading Film Review: Aladdin (2019)

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Film Review: “Wine Country” (2019)

IMHO, any film that has both Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in it is worthy of celebration. So, when I heard that Wine Country had both of them in it, and that it had been directed by Poehler, I was thrilled. I read the criticisms of the film that said that it didn't land as … Continue reading Film Review: “Wine Country” (2019)

A Tale of Two Endings: “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Green Book”

When Green Book was announced as the winner of the Best Picture at this year's Academy Award, one could practically hear the collective groan that went up. The film, many argued, was too simplistic and too banal in its exploration of race relations in America, particularly when compared to other films such as Barry Jenkins's If … Continue reading A Tale of Two Endings: “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Green Book”

Film Review: Surrendering to Feeling in “A Star is Born” (2018)

Warning: Substantial spoilers for the film follow. I went into the most recent version of A Star is Born with great trepidation. I've seen both the 1930s and 1950s versions, but have steered clear of the 1970s one because of its notoriously bad reception. However, something drew me to this one. Perhaps it was my long-standing … Continue reading Film Review: Surrendering to Feeling in “A Star is Born” (2018)

Film Review: “Annihilation” (2018) and the Radical Dissolution of the Self

Warning: Some spoilers follow. Some science fiction films are groundbreaking in the sense that they open up new ways of seeing and looking at the world. 2001: A Space Odyssey is one such film, as is Tarkovsky's Solaris and Ridley Scott's Alien. These films unsettle us, forcing us to live in a very uncomfortable sort of world, one that is both … Continue reading Film Review: “Annihilation” (2018) and the Radical Dissolution of the Self

Film Review: “Phantom Thread” (2017) and the Dark Side of Desire

Some spoilers for the film follow. Apparently, 2017 was in some ways the year of desire, or at least that is the impression I get having seen several of the contenders for Best Picture this year. Whether it's the yearning to be free of small town life and smothering mothers in Lady Bird, the sweet summer of … Continue reading Film Review: “Phantom Thread” (2017) and the Dark Side of Desire