Film Review: Dumbo (2019)

Dir: Tim Burton Starring: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, etc. Runtime: 1hr52min Rating: PG Spoiler level: Light When I first heard that Disney planned to put out a live-action version of the 1941 animated film Dumbo, I - and many others - had reservations. The original Dumbo is a classic, revered... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: Captain Marvel (2018)

Dir: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan, etc. Runtime: 2hr4min Rating: PG-13 Spoiler level: Anything major will be marked under a 'Read more'! Captain Marvel, the latest origin story in the extensive Marvel Cinematic Universe, follows the titular heroine... Continue Reading →

One Shot #2: Darkest Hour

Though I had an overall so-so opinion of Joe Wright's 2017 Winston Churchill biopic, one aspect of the film stood out to me just as much as Gary Oldman's spellbinding lead performance - and that's Bruno Delbonnel's brilliant cinematography. And part of the reason is this one shot, right here: Even if you haven't seen... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

Dir: Ol Parker Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Cher, Meryl Streep, etc. Runtime: 1hr54min Rating: PG-13 Spoiler level: Some small tidbits, but nothing major. Ten years ago, Mamma Mia! hit theaters. I went to see it with a high school friend... Continue Reading →

One Shot #1: The Searchers

Movies are, on a base level, a collection of scenes woven together by a narrative. Like a sweater, comprised of many stitches. Or a sandwich, composed of many layers. And when you break it down even more, and strip more elements away, a film can be reduced solely to images - and some images can... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Dir: Peyton Reed Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, etc. Runtime: 1hr58min Rating: PG-13 Spoiler level: Light, some hints here and there. One tidbit beneath the read-more. I am a big fan of 2015's Ant-Man, to the point where it's in... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Dir: Ron Howard Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany. Runtime: 2hr 15min Rating: PG-13 Spoiler level: Light, some hints here and there. After facing a (rumored) fraught production, during which the original directors were fired due to "creative differences" and replaced with Ron Howard... Continue Reading →

The Spark

I've mentioned this in previous posts, but I generally attribute my love and appreciation for film to my decision to minor in film during my college years, since I got to experience a broad spectrum of different genres and styles from a multitude of different directors and eras. Prior to that, I didn't go to... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Dir: The Russo Bros Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chrises Evans, Hemsworth, and Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Chadwick Boseman, Peter Dinklage, Tom Holland, lots and lots of other amazing humans, possibly some aliens, and one badass cape. Runtime: 2hr 29min Rating: PG-13 Spoiler level: Light, if any. No major... Continue Reading →

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