Hereditary

I have had to sit with Hereditary for a few days to figure out my thoughts about it. If I am being honest, I still don’t know how I feel about the film. There are aspects about it that I love, and then there are things about it that I loathe.   It’s a hard …

The Battle of Algiers

I’ve come to realize as I have gotten older that war really has no winners, and both sides are likely in the wrong in some way. Perhaps this is why, in cinema, we are slightly obsessed with World War II. It is one of the few wars where the line between good and evil seems …

The Tale

Jennifer Fox is a documentary filmmaker. One day, her mother discovered a short story she had written about a relationship she had with her riding coach and running coach when Jennifer was just 13 years old. In Jennifer’s mind this was a mature relationship, but viewed through her mother’s eyes and revisited anew as an …

City Lights

I have, until this point, never seen a Charlie Chaplin movie. I haven’t even seen the 1992 Robert Downey Jr. biopic Chaplin. I know that he is a legend, especially of the silent film era, and that his most popular character, the Little Tramp, is in a lot of his most popular films. Even still, …

12 Summer Movies I Want to See

2018 is speeding by. I feel like I blinked and all the sudden it’s over 100 degrees outside and school is out. This of course is a prelude to box office heating up as well with summer movies!   Officially, I think the summer movie season kicked of at the end of April with Avengers: …

Solo: A Star Wars Story

I grew up watching Star Wars (the original, A New Hope, Episode IV, whatever you want to call it) over and over again. I loved that movie so much. I am sure I watched Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi often as well, but it was the original that got the most play …

Ugetsu

I need to start this off with a confession. Old, black and white movies are hard for me sometimes. It’s not the kind of admission an aspiring film enthusiast should publish online, but there it is.   I think it’s because most films of that era are staged with wide shots, have theater-like acting, and …

I Can’t Wait for the Next One

I have a theory about why it seems like superhero films are dominating the film industry currently. The theory has nothing to do with the fact that fanboys have now grown up and are the ones running studios or in the decision maker’s chairs (although that is true). It also has nothing to do with …

A Picture Worth 1,000 Words

There are several images or moments from my childhood that I can recall at a moments notice, to be brought up with a particular smell or when the lighting outside matches the lighting of the memory. Faces or moments kind of stick like images instead of video reels. I’m not sure if that is the …

The Sight & Sound Top 50 Plan

The british film magazine Sight & Sound has polled a large sampling of critics and filmmakers every decade since 1952. They simply ask them to pick the top movies of all time (an easy task). The last list was released in 2012 (The 50 Greatest Films of All Time). As I looked through it, I …