New York Film Festival Review: HER SMELL (2018)

New York Film Festival Review: HER SMELL (2018)

Ever since I can possibly remember, I have been obsessed with music just about as much as I am with movies. I didn’t really start to form my own legitimate opinions about music until I was around 16 or 17, and I always daydreamed about how cool it must be to be in a band, especially after reading certain books like Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain and Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azzerad.

Blu-ray/DVD Review: OCEAN'S 8 (2018)

Blu-ray/DVD Review: OCEAN'S 8 (2018)

Let me start off by saying I have seen any of the other Ocean's movies nor do I really know the franchise is about. The advertisements never really interested me and have never met anyone who was “You have to see them!”

Blu-ray/DVD Review: TAG (2018)

Blu-ray/DVD Review: TAG (2018)

TAG is about a group of adults who have been playing the same game of tag since they were kids. It is loosely based off a true story. The real gentlemen have been playing since 1990. In the movie there are five friends while in real life, the group is ten. 

Movie Review: FIRST REFORMED (2018)

Movie Review: FIRST REFORMED (2018)

I remember several months ago, my boyfriend and I were sitting watching movie trailers on Reddit because we are so incredibly cool. The original teaser trailer for FIRST REFORMED was on the list. The trailer was not extremely revealing as to the overall plot of the film but even still, I knew I had to see it. 

Oak Cliff Film Festival Movie Review: BIRDS WITHOUT FEATHERS (2018)

Oak Cliff Film Festival Movie Review: BIRDS WITHOUT FEATHERS (2018)

For my writing career, I watch a plethora of films of all different types and I honestly can’t say I’ve ever watched something as awkwardly realistic as BIRDS WITHOUT FEATHERS. Not only that but never have I seen a title fit so perfectly with a storyline.

Oak Cliff Film Festival Documentary Review: HALF THE PICTURE

Oak Cliff Film Festival Documentary Review: HALF THE PICTURE

For as far as we have come as a society, discriminations of all kinds still greatly exist everywhere. Women experience unequal treatment in almost every field, with Hollywood and the film industry continually superseding the rest. The female to male ratio in regards to directing, writing, producing, editing, etc., tips the scale more favorably in the male direction, with female directors comprising of about thirteen percent in Hollywood. The topic of why this perpetuates in the industry is just one of many tackled issues within the new documentary titled, HALF THE PICTURE.

Movie Review: INCREDIBLES 2 (2018)

Movie Review: INCREDIBLES 2 (2018)

INCREDIBLES 2 is the highly anticipated animated sequel that reunites audiences' with their favorite animated superheroes. The film is written and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) with Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles along with some new, animated faces, voiced by Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk. 

Blu-ray/DVD Review: TOMB RAIDER (2018)

Blu-ray/DVD Review: TOMB RAIDER (2018)

TOMB RAIDER, the lastest film from Roar Uthaug (The Wave), is an action-packed adventure that shows both Lara Croft’s fierce determination, strength, and heart. It’s a film that doesn’t undermine the character of Croft with overly revealing outfits, mansplaining, or useless romantic interludes. Instead it shows how she rises to become the Lara Croft we all have come to love and respect while still showing a vulnerability in her ever increasing strength and badassery. The film stars Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as Lara Croft, along with Dominic West (“The Wire”), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Daniel Wu (“Into the Badlands”), and Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour).

Movie Review: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

Movie Review: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, from acclaimed director Ron Howard, gives fans the chance to delve deeper into the life of one of their favorite Star Wars characters, Han Solo. The film stars an A-list roster that includes Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Donald Glover (Atlanta), and Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War). 

Arrow Video Review: PROPERTY IS NO LONGER A THEFT (1973)

Arrow Video Review: PROPERTY IS NO LONGER A THEFT (1973)

Today I will be reviewing the dark comedy/drama PROPERTY IS NO LONGER A THEFT (1973) by writer/director Elio Petri. To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary

Movie Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Movie Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Fifteen minutes.

More specifically, the first fifteen minutes.

For it is within these first fifteen minutes that AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR shows us the full power of Thanos.

Overlook Film Festival Movie Review: SEX MADNESS REVEALED

Overlook Film Festival Movie Review: SEX MADNESS REVEALED

SEX MADNESS REVEALED premiered at Overlook Film Festival on April 20th and was directed by Tim Kirk, also known for Director's Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein (2015) and Room 237 (2012).

What the Fest!? Documentary Review: BOILED ANGELS: THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA

What the Fest!? Documentary Review: BOILED ANGELS: THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA

BOILED ANGELS: THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA is a documentary that covers the only known comic artist to be jailed for obscenity in the United States. Mike Diana created Boiled Angel in the early 90s and it was an intentionally offensive underground comic magazine. At the time he created it in the suburbs of Florida, a serial killer was roaming Gainesville and had left bodies mutilated in many of the same ways that were depicted in Boiled Angel. Mike Diana was brought in for questioning regarding the murders and while he was found innocent, the authorities at the time did not approve of his comics and so Diana was arrested and charged for obscenity.

Movie Review: BEST F(R)IENDS

Movie Review: BEST F(R)IENDS

Hello my fellow movie fans! I recently had the opportunity to check out a new film written by Greg Sestero, author of The Disaster Artist, from Sestero Pictures, titled BEST F(R)IENDS. The film follows a drifter who encounters a quirky mortician resulting in a friendship where both learn a lesson about friendship and loyalty. 

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: MY NAME IS MYEISHA

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: MY NAME IS MYEISHA

Roaring though film festivals such as Slamdance and now the Boston Underground Film Festival comes the empowering, tragic and artistic story of young woman named Myeisha (Rhaechyl Walker). Written originally by talented educator and writer Rickerby Hinds, MY NAME IS MYEISHA is a journey through the final moments of situation that went from calm to chaos. Adapted from the stage play Dreamscape to the screen comes the story of real horror happening.

Blu-ray/DVD Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Blu-ray/DVD Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the science fiction opera STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017) by writer/director Rian Johnson.  To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:

"Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order."

Movie Review: ISLE OF DOGS

Movie Review: ISLE OF DOGS

ISLE OF DOGS, Wes Anderson’s latest entry in the stop-motion animation genre, is a fantastic adventure that has made its way onto my list of favorite animated films released in recent years. Now, before you roll your eyes and accuse me of being another hip 28 year old who worships the ground Mr. Anderson walks upon, I must tell you that this is the first time I have ever enjoyed one of his films from start to finish. While I can appreciate the beauty his films exude in symmetrical frame after symmetrical frame, I do not consider myself a fan of his in the slightest. But this time I was hooked. 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: MOST LIKELY TO MURDER

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: MOST LIKELY TO MURDER

MOST LIKELY TO MURDER, the latest project from writer/director Dan Gregor (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), is a murder-mystery comedy centered around Billy, a former high-school hero, who returns home expecting life to be like it once was. While back at his old stomping ground, he learns that all his friends have moved on and that his ex-girlfriend is dating the high school outcast, Lowell, who Billy used to mercifully make fun of. When a death occurs, Billy is convinced that Lowell is behind it and sets forth a chain of reactions to prove to his friends how deadly Lowell really is. The film stars Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), and Adam Pally (Dirty Grandpa). 

Arrow Video Review: CINEMA PARADISO

Arrow Video Review: CINEMA PARADISO

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the foreign drama CINEMA PARADISO (1998) by writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore. To best describe the story, I will turn to a modified version of the IMDB plot summary:

"A filmmaker recalls his childhood of falling in love with the pictures at the cinema and forming a deep friendship with the projectionist." 

Movie Review: TOMB RAIDER

Movie Review: TOMB RAIDER

TOMB RAIDER, the lastest film from Roar Uthaug (The Wave), is an action-packed adventure that shows both Lara Croft’s fierce determination, strength, and heart. It’s a film that doesn’t undermine the character of Croft with overly revealing outfits, mansplaining, or useless romantic interludes. Instead it shows how she rises to become the Lara Croft we all have come to love and respect while still showing a vulnerability in her ever increasing strength and badassery. The film stars Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as Lara Croft, along with Dominic West (“The Wire”), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Daniel Wu (“Into the Badlands”), and Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour).