Review of “Enola Holmes”

In what is the first in an establishment series of films for Netflix, a combination of new and old comes forth to deliver a frustrating polarizing experience that leaves much to be desired. But in what ways, and where are the mistakes this film made that perhaps can pave the path forward?

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Review of “Rebecca” (2020)

Likely the biggest adaptation attempt since Hitchcock’s 1940 masterpiece, Ben Wheatley had big shoes to fill entering this project. Casting Lily James was a good step, as was Kristen Scott Thomas. How does the rest of this modern day try hold up? Not nearly as well as it should.

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Review of “The Haunting of Bly Manor”

Billed as a “gothic romance” (but advertised as a horror series), The Haunting of Bly Manor debuted last week on Netflix and appeared quickly on top of Netflix’s Top 10 list. Following the success of the decent The Haunting of Hill House series, most figured some kind of sequel series would be in the works. Instead of a direct sequel, Mike Flanagan instead delivers an anthology series much more rooted in similar core design but taking a significantly different artistic direction. These differences didn’t amount to improving the quality of the series, both in the short and long term, giving us an ultimately serviceable but largely mediocre end result.

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Review of “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

After 5 years, Charlie Kaufman returns with his latest directorial work, one that is layered with meticulous planning, confusing visual elements, deliberate plot holes, and surreal sense of questioning that permeates every watch I’ve given to it thus far. It is perhaps a film that stands as one of its own kind, a genre that Kaufman himself presides over. It’s a superb work, even if it’s not his absolute best one.

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Review of “Song Without a Name”

Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) had its debut at numerous film fests throughout the second half of 2019, and finally became available for me to watch fairly recently. Despite hearing some positive buzz about it, I deliberately attempted to view this film as blind as possible: only knowing that it was set in 1988 Peru during a huge time of political turmoil, and the disappearance of the main character’s newborn child. What was it that gave such positive hype to those who have seen it? I wanted to know. And now I have a multitude of my own thoughts. Continue reading