You Were Never Really Here (2018)

Lynne Ramsay has made four feature-length films, each of which have been tense, gritty and relentlessly realistic views of society, with Ramsay being particularly adept at showing the most explicit and shocking version of humanity through her films. Her latest film is You Were Never Really Here, a brutal crime thriller that manages to be…

Still Walking (2008)

Recently, in celebration of his victory of winning the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, I chose to watch a film by Hirokazu Kore-eda, a filmmaker I have been very aware of but had not had the opportunity to explore for myself yet. The film I opted to watch was Still Walking (Japanese:…

While We’re Young (2014)

I have been an ardent admirer of Noah Baumbach for quite a while now. From his beautifully nostalgic portrayal of the millennial lifestyle in Frances Ha and Mistress America┬áto his delicate and moving portraits of family in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and The Squid and the Whale, he has found his niche in…

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

I think we can all remember where we were when we watched our first John Hughes film. Whether it was The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, John Hughes was a formative force in the cinematic education of many of us today. Despite being born just outside of his glorious reign…

This Is America (2018)

I’ve reviewed roughly 550 films. I recently reviewed a television series (if you consider Twin Peaks to be a television series, but that’s not the discussion right now). However, today I am breaking a few boundaries and writing a piece on something entirely unconventional, something entirely new ground for me: a music video. Not just…

Certain Women (2016)

In a contemporary independent cinematic landscape, there are few filmmakers as consistently reliable as Kelly Reichardt, who has gone relatively underpraised throughout her career, despite the fact that she has made some astonishing films that push the boundary of independent storytelling. Films such as Meek’s Cutoff and Wendy and Lucy are exceptional examples of minimalist…

Last Tango in Paris (1973)

I may be able to understand the secrets of the universe, but… I’ll never understand the truth about you. Never. These haunting lines, spoken by Marlon Brando, ring out like a cacophony of unconventional truthfulness in Last Tango in Paris, a film that left me almost entirely speechless, unable to articulate my thoughts precisely (this…

The Visitor (2008)

Last weekend, I watched and reviewed Spike Lee’s 21st-century crime masterpiece, 25th Hour, a film that connected the post-tragedy New York City to the rehabilitation of a prisoner as he ponders his life over the course of his final twenty-four hours of freedom. Purely by chance, I watched a film that may be entirely different…

Girls Trip (2017)

In 2011, Paul Feig directed the now iconic Bridesmaids, based on the script by Annie Mumulo and Kristen Wiig. This was, for better or worse, the first truly great female-led mainstream comedy, and the combination of the talented cast, the hilarious script and the emotionally-resonant execution resulted in a wonderful film. It was also one…

The Awful Truth (1937)

They just don’t make films like The Awful Truth anymore, do they? A great comedy film driven by nothing more than sparkling dialogue, the tangible chemistry between the lead and a wonderful story that flows exceptionally well, supported by the incredible performances by a talented cast. The Awful Truth is the rare kind of film…

25th Hour (2002)

If you knew your life was going to come to an end tomorrow, how would you spend today? This is a central issue in Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, albeit not quite as extreme. Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) is being sent to prison for dealing drugs in 24 hours, and he decides to spend the last…

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

I don’t usually bother to put a spoiler warning at the beginning of any of my reviews because rarely do I ever discuss spoilers for a film in a way that could be seen as giving too much away. However, with Avengers: Infinity War, I think it is appropriate, because there is not a possibility…