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Film Review: Dune: Part One (2021)

Previous adaptations of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 sci-fi novel haven’t exactly been warmly received, as acclaimed directors like Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch failed to capture on screen that which makes the book a cornerstone of science fiction. Although Dune has long been considered by many to be ‘unfilmable’ in light of these previous attempts,Continue reading “Film Review: Dune: Part One (2021)”

Film Review: The Last Duel (2021)

He’s had his ups and downs, but Ridley Scott remains one of the best atmospheric directors working today. The first of Scott’s two films in 2021 (the other being House of Gucci) The Last Duel proves the 83-year-old filmmaker still has it. The movie is a very modern version of a historical drama — it’sContinue reading “Film Review: The Last Duel (2021)”

Film Review: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

For better or for worse, The Blair Witch Project was truly a game-changer for cinema. Not only did it kickstart the found-footage sub-genre (at least for mainstream cinema) but also served as proof that you don’t need millions of dollars to make a great movie. After its initial release, the film baffled audiences, especially whenContinue reading “Film Review: The Blair Witch Project (1999)”

Series Review: What If…? – Season 1 (2021)

Marvel’s new What If…? series set out to flip pivotal MCU moments on their head, much like the comic series its concept is directly adapted from. For the most part, it does a decent job with it, but as with any anthology series, it’s mostly inevitable there are going to be some really disappointing episodesContinue reading “Series Review: What If…? – Season 1 (2021)”

Short Film Review: Next Floor (2008)

Before he gained mainstream popularity and acclaim with films like Incendies (2010) and Prisoners (2013), Denis Villeneuve directed a short film titled Next Floor.  In the short, a group of presumably high-class individuals ravenously dine on numerous meat dishes, provided by a full waiting staff, in what appears to be an otherwise abandoned building. AfterContinue reading “Short Film Review: Next Floor (2008)”

Film Review: Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Right from the engrossing opening scene, Inglourious Basterds lets you know it means business. The masterfully done directing and acting paves the way for an absolute nail-biter of a 20-minute intro scene. It doesn’t end there, however.  Throughout the movie, there are several very intense scenes, including the restaurant and basement-pub sections, which keep theContinue reading “Film Review: Inglourious Basterds (2009)”

Film Review: I Am Legend (2007)

This movie is… frustrating. Not in the usual ‘anticipated-movie-turns-out-terrible’ way, but rather, the quality of the first half of the film and the last half is staggeringly different.  The first half sets a really great tone and atmosphere. The focus is largely character-based, but still reveals just enough about the post-apocalyptic world to keep theContinue reading “Film Review: I Am Legend (2007)”

Film Review: Battle Royale (2000)

It’s difficult to gloss over the numerous connections that can be made between this film and many other nuggets of pop-culture. The most obvious being the similarity between it and The Hunger Games franchise, since both share a remarkably similar plot; kids are sent to fight to the death until a lone survivor emerges victorious.Continue reading “Film Review: Battle Royale (2000)”

Film Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Despite a large portion of critics calling it one the best MCU movies to date, Shang-Chi unfortunately delivers a very cliché and predictable plot, even for a super-hero film. That being said, the negatives of the film are substantially made up for by some really distinct positive points. The characters are well-cast, and the relationshipContinue reading “Film Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)”