By the end of Akira Kurosawa’s 1949 detective drama, Stray Dog, there is not a character that escapes the fray without rolling around in the mud, figuratively and literally. Every decision has consequences, and every action has a reaction. Some, more than others. For the young character of Detective Murikami (Toshirô Mifune), the mistake of […]Read More Akira Kurosawa Series – Stray Dog (1949)
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.
I love how Rian Johnson took the “keep your politics out of my movies” trolls from THE LAST JEDI and basically composed an entire narrative commentating on the negative impact of people of this nature, through the lens of one of the most entertaining films of 2019. Talk about a legendary power move. This cast […]Read More KNIVES OUT – Rian Johnson Has “Dunnit” Again
So Bong Joon-Ho really made a film that combines family drama, dark comedy, intense social commentary, a Soderbergh-esque heist, Tarantino-style dialogue and scene structure, and Hitchcockian suspense, thrills, and narrative twists? And it all meshed beautifully? This man is a genius! The visual aesthetic of this film is absolutely spellbinding. The sublime manipulation of the […]Read More PARASITE – A Spellbinding Work of Art
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
I think the phrase, “You’ve never seen a movie like this before,” is overused, clichéd, and takes away the significance of films that are TRULY unique. Yet, with Aneesh Chaganty’s film Searching, the audience is indeed shown a one-of-a-kind intriguing narrative full of masterfully-written mystery, suspense, and thrills that all unfold on the screen of a […]Read More Searching: Still Searching for the Words to Describe this Film