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.
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
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”.
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
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
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
Examining the credits of this film, Keith Sutliff’s impressive effort becomes apparent as he worked as the writer, director, producer, production designer, art director, and lead actor. Undertaking all of these responsibilities to bring together a vision for this project took incredible dedication, commitment, and patience. Sutliff undoubtedly poured his heart and soul into this […]Read More The Refuge – An Impressive Production Effort that Cannot Overcome its Flaws
Director: Guy Ritchie Writers: John August and Guy Ritchie Producers: Ivan Atkinson, Kevin De La Noy, Jonathan Eirich, Max Keene, Dan Lin, Karl McMillan, Mark Mostyn, and Marc Platt Starring: Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, and Nasim Pedrad ————————————————————————————————————————————– Despite some narrative bloat, one too many climaxes, and a slightly […]Read More Disney’s Aladdin (2019) – A Magic Carpet Thrill Ride