The Polka King (2018)

There are very few things in life that bring me as much joy as dark comedies set in quaint small towns, especially when they are based on true stories, and Jack Black plays an individual beloved by the entire community but is soon reviled for his criminal activity. Bernie was somewhat of a shocking revelation…

Snow Angels (2007)

I have had a very complicated cinematic relationship with David Gordon Green. He has made such cinematic misfires as Your Highness and The Sitter, as well as the funny (albeit entirely lacking in cultural significance) stoner film Pineapple Express. I enjoyed the latter, but have nothing but utter disdain for the former. Yet, for every…

The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

In the late 1960s, Martin Scorsese – at that point working as a director for hire, only having directed Who’s That Knocking at My Door, a deeply personal film, two years before – was relieved of his responsibilities from helming The Honeymoon Killers, based on the true story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, and…

Election (1999)

For some reason, I had constantly been putting off seeing Election, despite the fact that it seemed to be a film right in my wheelhouse – a dark comedy, directed by Alexander Payne (at this juncture an up-and-coming indie film darling), with a story that blended high school and politics, featuring a great cast. I…

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

If history is to be believed (which, by its very definition, it should, despite a rise in revisionism and challenging of historical institutions, but I digress), theatre has its earliest roots in Ancient Greece, where the Antiquity and its plethora of historically-significant artists and thinkers, gave rise to the conventions that are now popularly known…

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

There are some actors who have shown to be adept at directing, and then there are those that just cannot convincingly bring a film together in a way that is satisfactory. Many in the latter category only try once or twice, but then there is that occasional rambunctious spirit who just keeps on trying to…

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Confession time: I am admittedly a devotee of musical cinema, having enjoyed countless cinematic musicals throughout the years, even ones that are not considered very good (looking at you, Mamma Mia!). However, I can recognize when a musical is extraordinarily special, and also when it is subpar and mediocre. Unfortunately (because it’s better to get…

The Overnight (2015)

There are sometimes films that are so odd, it is difficult to actually conceive any possible reason behind the making of it. The Overnight is one such film – an independent comedy that places focus on sexuality and relationships in a way that feels like this is mumblecore cinema’s response to the overtly sexual Carry…

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

There have rarely been filmmakers who have had more interesting and diverse careers as Jonathan Demme, a creative genius who worked across genres and mediums to create some of the most innovative, authentically brilliant films of all time (both narrative and documentary films), such as Something Wild, Married to the Mob, Philadelphia and the wonderful non-fiction film Swimming…

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Wes Anderson has become somewhat of a folkloric figure for modern film-lovers and devotees of contemporary cinema, with his distinctive style (which is often lovingly parodied) making him one of the most universally-embraced filmmakers working today. Personally, I find him quite an endearing filmmaker, albeit one with the visual aesthetic that can sometimes be a…

Wonder Wheel (2017)

There is no denying that Woody Allen is an extremely influential filmmaker, and one of the most prolific directors of the past few decades, usually releasing a new film every year. This is admirable and has resulted in some great films. However, there have been some misfires in Allen’s career, as not every film can…

Best in Show (2000)

Numbers mean something to everyone – whether it be anniversaries, birthdays or milestones, we all celebrate reaching a certain point. Personally, I am engaged in my own celebration of sorts, as small as it may be: this is my 500th review. I have been trying to determine which film I should review for this milestone,…