Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film, “The Favourite” is a critically acclaimed and highly divisive Best Picture nominee, and after watching, I can certainly see why. This is an English tea time snack with snappy bite and wickedly dark aftertaste.
Film Review Destination Wedding · Victor Levin · Keanu Reeves · Winona Ryder · R · 2018 · Poops&Praises · PROJECT-FILM-52
This week’s review brings the second installment in “Poops & Praises”, a style of review where I just list what I liked (praises) and what I didn’t like (poops).
Film Review Velvet Buzzsaw · Dan Gilroy · Jake Gyllenhaal · Rene Russo · Zawe Ashton · John Malkovich · R · 2019 · PROJECT-FILM-52
I normally steer far away from horror films, but when I heard that the director of “Nightcrawler” had teamed up with Jake Gyllenhaal again to release a satire horror film on Netflix, my curiosity got the best of me. Despite its categorization of horror, I found the film to be surprisingly funny and was laughing more often than I was scared, whether that was the film’s intention or not.
Film Review Lost in Translation · Sofia Coppola · Bill Murray · Scarlett Johansson · R · 2003 · PROJECT-FILM-52
A perhaps under-watched gem from the early 2000’s, “Lost in Translation” offers us insights into the lives of two lost souls in Tokyo that reminds of us of our most basic needs: connection, happiness, and purpose in life. It’s a smart, hilarious, sad yet sweet film that deserves eyes on it even 16 years after its release.
Film Review Roma · Alfonso Cuarón · Yalitza Aparicio · Marina de Tavira · Diego Cortina Autrey · R · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
Alfonso Cuarón displays his mastery of cinema in this intensely personal film based on the memories of his childhood. It’s a film whose narrative rides on life events, but like many of our own lives, the best moments are often separated with stretches of dull everyday monotony.
Film Review The Ballad of Buster Scruggs · The Coen Brothers · Tim Blake Nelson · James Franco · Liam Neeson · Tom Waits · Zoe Kazan · Jonjo O'Neill · R · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
The Coen Brothers venture into the Wild West yet again with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”, but this time, they return with just a few specks of gold and a mound of dirt.
Film Review The Revenant · Alejandro González Iñárritu · Leonardo DiCaprio · Tom Hardy · R · 2015
While it’s not a film I particularly love, I admire “The Revenant” for its beauty, cinematography, and visceral depiction of the wild. This is a film that is meant to be seen on the big screen.
Film Review Carol · Todd Haynes · Cate Blanchett · Rooney Mara · R · 2015
I am not by any means an expert on the subject of love, but I believe “Carol” is one of the most realistic and intelligent portrayals of love that I’ve seen in film.
Film Review The Hateful Eight · Quentin Tarantino · Samuel L. Jackson · Kurt Russell · Jennifer Jason Leigh · Walton Goggins · R · 2015
Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, “The Hateful Eight”, is some sort of twisted game of Clue in the style of a Western, set ten or so years after the American Civil War. Add a stellar cast and a beautiful original score written by Ennio Morricone and we’ve got ourselves a good movie that’s entertaining as hell.