BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE – Written and Directed by Drew Goddard I’m honestly still disappointed that this wonderful piece of art was overlooked during awards season. Certainly one of the most original films of 2018 – and of the decade, for that matter. A Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination would have been justifiable, […]Read More BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE – Bad Times, but Good Filmmaking
War movies have been around since the days of silent cinema. There is something about this brutally intense human experience that, despite its horrific nature, always produces intriguing stories that can be massively impactful when told in an effective fashion. Some of the greatest films to speak of along this line of thinking include Francis […]Read More War drama “Danger Close” is an astounding testament the power of sacrifice, brotherhood, and dedicated cooperation.
The vast majority of filmgoers and movie fans around the world associate the term “motion picture” with just that, the picture. We tend to first and foremost focus on the visuals, the aesthetics, and the things that can be seen with our eyes. However, on a subconscious level, something even more spectacular is occurring as […]Read More Explore the significance of theatrical audio in documentary “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound”
This movie could have just ended after Al Pacino’s monologue in the courtroom opening, and it would have been perfect. Incredibly, it kept going for another 2 hours, and added even more filmmaking mastery with each passing minute. I do not recall ever seeing a film make such consistent, immaculate use of extended, uncut tracking […]Read More Carlito’s Way – We Need to Find a “Way” to Make Films Like This Again
Everybody has probably stretched the truth to a certain extent at one point or another when trying to impress someone. Well, in this case, Conor (portrayed by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) finds himself desperately trying to put a band together, to catch the attention of the pretty girl across the street, Ann (Kelly Thornton). Unfortunately, there are […]Read More Sing Street – A Coming-of-Age Masterpiece
It blows my mind that a film barely 90 minutes long, and set in a single room for practically the entire runtime, can feel so epic and grand, yet so deeply personal and intimate. The vast range of human emotions and experiences which are explored through a relatively simple premise is astounding. This is perhaps […]Read More 12 Angry Men – A Slice of Cinematic Mastery
Director: Ivan Reitman Writers: Len Blum, Dan Goldberg, and Harold Ramis ———————————————————————————————————– For the first two acts of this film, I was like “Man, another great throwback Bill Murray comedy! I cannot stop laughing!” Which of course was all true, but for some reason, the third act became a straight-up war film. Some viewers will […]Read More Stripes (1981) – Another Bill Murray Classic
Director: Ruben Fleischer Writers: Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick ———————————————————————————————————– While Zombieland: Double Tap does not quite have a narrative as focused and succinct as the original, the cast and characters remain just as wonderful, the humor lands land most of the time, and the action is dialed up a few notches, including […]Read More Zombieland: Double Tap – A Satisfying Decade-Later Reunion
So you’re telling me that Rian Johnson wrote, directed, and edited this modern-day crime-noir masterpiece on a shoestring budget of $500,000? Well good golly Miss Molly, that is one heck of an accomplishment. The direction of this film is spectacular. The cinematography is outstanding, with well-crafted shot composition, framing, and camera movement from DP Steve […]Read More Brick – Rian Johnson’s Directorial Debut
The crime thriller genre has been explored thousands of times, with many different approaches, throughout the history of cinema. Some of the best directors in this category, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Brian de Palma, and Michael Mann, have continued to develop methods of cultivating fresh and original crime features, while still maintaining […]Read More Writer/director Jason Cabell draws from personal experience to create crime thriller “Running with the Devil”.