“A rocker, a brooder, a loner, a knife-carrier, a hell cat, a wild cat, a storm child, refugee from the frightened city of Detroit.” This quote from acclaimed journalist Philip Norman flashes on-screen in the opening of the Liam Firmager-directed documentary “Suzi Q,” describing the legendary eponymous figure, Suzi Quatro. With this single, ostentatious characterization […]Read More Documentary “Suzi Q” forgoes cinematic flash to focus on a musical icon.
From director D.C. Hamilton and screenwriter Brinna Kelly, The Fare is a film that almost defies categorization. At times, if feels like a science-fiction mystery, with shocking and striking narrative shifts. At other points, it appears as a romantic dramedy, following the bizarre development of the relationship between a pair of star-crossed lovers. This unconventional […]Read More Ambitious sci-fi thriller “The Fare” is now available on home video.
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”
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 was pretty awesome to have my first experience with Lawrence of Arabia be on the big screen, thanks to a bring-back event. Wow, this film is the true definition of a sprawling epic. Director David Lean is a mastermind, adapting the remarkable true story of British war hero Thomas Edward Lawrence with stroke after […]Read More Lawrence of Arabia – They Don’t Make ‘Em Like This Anymore
Joining “Rocketman” and “Yesterday” in the category of music-based narratives this summer, “Blinded by the Light” is easily one of the best films I have seen this year. Director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha offers this story inspired by true events, detailing one young man’s struggles to hold onto his cultural roots, while still searching for […]Read More “Blinded by the Light” – Another Wonderful Music-Based Feature in the Summer of 2019
Written and directed by duo Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” is easily one of my favorite movies thus far in 2019. To be honest, this is definitely not a perfect film. But, it is indeed practically perfect at accomplishing exactly what it sets out to do. This movie warmed my heart, […]Read More “The Peanut Butter Falcon” – 2019’s Most Joyous Film Yet
Critically-acclaimed documentarian and International Emmy-winning filmmaker Sam Dunn takes the directorial reins in his latest project, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas. Celebrating the 50thanniversary of the band’s 1969 conception, this documentary tells the story of the legendary group known for their innovative “rock and blues” music style. Both technically and narratively engaging, […]Read More New Documentary “ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas” Effectively Shines a Light on the Uniqueness of the Legendary Music Group
I am not going to lie and say that “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” is a gorgeous slice of cinema, but it is a pretty darn fun popcorn flick with plenty of over-the-top action set pieces, lively comedic chemistry between Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, and a killer soundtrack […]Read More Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw – The Essential Late Summer Popcorn Flick
It is quite a challenging task to touch on every element that makes a Quentin Tarantino film work. It would not even be a stretch to say that one could write an entire dissertation essay on over a dozen individual scenes throughout his eclectic filmography. As one of the most prolific writers and directors of […]Read More Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino’s Storybook Tribute to the Hollywood of Old