Film Review: Pearl (2022)

In 1918, a young Pearl (Mia Goth) sits next to her sister-in-law Mitsy (Emma Jenkins-Purro) and several other young women. These ladies are fairly harmonious with their fashion choice — white or beige dresses — except Pearl, who wears a bright red dress; needless to say, she already looks like Carrie during prom night. BothContinue reading “Film Review: Pearl (2022)”

Film Review: Don’t Worry Darling (2022)

Chances are, if you’ve seen your fair share of movies, you’ve probably already seen Don’t Worry Darling. The sophomore directing effort from Olivia Wilde (who also has a supporting role) is slightly different in its content from her debut – the fantastic coming-of-age comedy Booksmart – as it leans in the direction of reality-shattering sci-fi.Continue reading “Film Review: Don’t Worry Darling (2022)”

Film Review: Barbarian (2022)

Man…  This has just been a great year for horror.  Sure, the year started off pretty slow with nothing much notable but the latest Scream film hitting theaters, but lately, these things have just been pouring onto screens big and small. There’ve been all kinds of them as well: there’s the latest Jordan Peele spectacle,Continue reading “Film Review: Barbarian (2022)”

Film Review: Bullet Train (2022)

For those unfamiliar with the concept of Chekhov’s Gun, I’ll kindly enlighten you: originated by playwright Anton Chekhov, it’s the idea that “one must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn’t going to go off. It’s wrong to make promises you don’t mean to keep.” Naturally, this law is applicable toContinue reading “Film Review: Bullet Train (2022)”

Series Review: Better Call Saul – Season 6 (2022)

As a general rule of thumb, I find it best when reviewing or otherwise critiquing to avoid words like “perfect” or “flawless.” That’s not to say I haven’t ever used them for dramatic, indulgent purposes — I probably have at some point. Rather, suggesting a piece of media is without flaw seems almost sacrilegious toContinue reading “Series Review: Better Call Saul – Season 6 (2022)”

Film Review: Funny Pages (2022)

“Isn’t imagination more important than craft?” “Maybe what sells these days is originality.” Although the directorial debut of Owen Kline may not directly answer these questions it poses, the very fact that this film exists (and often WORKS) seems to suggest a truth in them: artistic soul and passion will trump that which is, inContinue reading “Film Review: Funny Pages (2022)”

Film Review: RRR (2022)

Full disclosure… this will not be an entirely in-the-know review; nonetheless, I do hope it will be insightful. The truth of the matter is that RRR (Rise Roar Revolt) is my first proper foray into the vast world of Indian cinema; not by conscious decision, I’ve simply never gotten around to delving in. How amusingContinue reading “Film Review: RRR (2022)”

Film Review: Incantation (2022)

Incantation opens with a series of images: we as the audience are shown these directly, guided by a voice-over narration. The speaker explains to us that changing the world around us ultimately comes down to an act of pure will; to prove this, optical illusions are played for us… one in which a Ferris wheelContinue reading “Film Review: Incantation (2022)”

Film Review: The Power of the Dog (2021)

I will admit that my opinions — my true opinions — on this film came to me only after a rewatch. Having seen the extensive praise this received after it premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival, I was one of those go-getters who eagerly jumped onto Netflix the day of its release, positive IContinue reading “Film Review: The Power of the Dog (2021)”

Film Review: Not Okay (2022)

Hitting a roadblock as an aspiring writer, Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch) has her ambitions set high. Working as a photo editor for the apt-named Depravity, an online magazine, she quite simply lacks wherewithal to get herself noticed. That’s not for lack of trying, as she berates her boss with naive drivel: one piece she turnsContinue reading “Film Review: Not Okay (2022)”

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