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
Critically-acclaimed director, writer, and producer Jon Favreau oversees this photo-realistic remake of Disney’s 1994 animated feature The Lion King. The original film was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, and written by trio Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton. This time around, in addition to Favreau taking over the director’s chair, newcomers Jeff Nathanson […]Read More Disney’s “The Lion King” is Visually Riveting, but an Ultimately Bland Recycling of the Original
Oscar-winning director Denys Arcand offers The Fall of the American Empire, an eclectic genre mash-up combining crime drama, a thrilling heist adventure, and a social commentary. This French-Canadian film spoken almost entirely in the beautiful language of French (and subtitled in English) is sure to entertain and amuse audience members, while simultaneously challenging and […]Read More “The Fall of the American Empire” – Quirky Social Commentary with a Tarantino-esque Edge
Director Ryan Coogler finally brings the legendary Black Panther hero to the big screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first solo film with an African-American lead. Placing heavy emphasis on the contrast between the African tribal culture of Wakanda and this nation’s futuristic technological advancements ensures a rich, thematic narrative that does not shy away from […]Read More Black Panther: Culturally-Impactful, Cinematically-Riveting
As we draw closer and closer to Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremonies, I am beginning to round out my recap of the 8 Best Picture nominations. With “Bohemian Rhapsody,” we are now looking to the penultimate review on the list. To start things off, I am going to personally note that I am honestly very surprised […]Read More Bohemian Rhapsody: Epic, Mediocre, or Somewhere in Between?
Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is undoubtedly one of 2018’s best films, earning 7 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. This beautifully captivating, yet devastatingly real and tragically authentic story follows the world-famous musician Jackson Maine (Cooper) and his relationship with Ally (Lady Gaga), a restaurant employee/nightclub performer who finally realizes her true dream of becoming a […]Read More A Star is Born: Cooper and Gaga Truly are “Stars”
As expected from Spike Lee, this film is provocative, convicting, and incendiary. Loosely based on an outrageously improbable true story, BlacKkKlansman portrays social commentary on US race relations during the 1970s in the most inflammatory fashion possible. Strong performances from John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold, and Topher Grace, among others, drove […]Read More BlacKkKlansman: Eye-Opening and Challenging, with a Theme of Dark Hilarity