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Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

After the finality brought onto the Matrix franchise by 2003’s Matrix Revolutions, a fourth film certainly came with some intriguing implications for a universe that has remained a closed story for nearly 20 years now. The state of cinema in modern times is one of sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots, and so despite the MatrixContinue reading “Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections (2021)”

Film Review: Dune (1984)

Full disclosure: this isn’t a great movie.  This isn’t even a GOOD movie if I’m being honest; it ignores the core point of the books, the pacing is crap, a lot of important characters (Duncan Idaho, Liet-Kynes, Chani, Lady Jessica, Stilgar,  etc.) are underdeveloped and treated like plot-conveniences, the majority of the visuals have agedContinue reading “Film Review: Dune (1984)”

Series Review: Arcane – Season 1 (2021)

Since Arcane serves as something of a prequel to it, it’s worth noting that I’ve never played League of Legends and had zero knowledge of the lore behind its world before starting this show. Not only does that lack of familiarity not hinder my viewing experience in the slightest, but I would go so farContinue reading “Series Review: Arcane – Season 1 (2021)”

Film Review: Encounter (2021)

Encounter is a very mixed bag; there are a lot of things I loved, but also some key problems that bog it down significantly.  Let’s talk about the good first. I was surprised from the start by how well some of the technical aspects were handled. This is only the second film from director MichaelContinue reading “Film Review: Encounter (2021)”

Film Review: Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021)

Tick, Tick… Boom! is the directorial debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda, acclaimed creator of the Broadway hits In the Heights and Hamilton. It tells the story of musical composer Jonathan Larson, and is based on Larson’s own autobiographical musical, also called Tick, Tick… Boom! In other words, this is a musical film, directed by a musicalContinue reading “Film Review: Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021)”

Film Review: Spencer (2021)

Going into Spencer, I knew essentially the bare minimum about it to inspire some intrigue; in other words, I knew it was a Diana movie that had been praised at multiple film festivals. Biographical films like this can often venture too far into soap-opera territory, but I had high hopes for it to be anContinue reading “Film Review: Spencer (2021)”

Film Review: Eternals (2021)

Eternals has opened to… mixed reviews, to say the least. The unfortunate thing regarding this film’s polarizing nature is that you can see exactly what people like and dislike about it; I haven’t had such mixed feelings about a blockbuster like this since The Last Jedi in 2017. First off, the cinematography and visuals areContinue reading “Film Review: Eternals (2021)”

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)”