The Oscars just wrapped up a couple of hours ago and, naturally, tons of people have their personal opinions and takes on the winners. Here’s mine.Continue reading
Like many people in the world, I am a big fan of Jackie Chan films, particularly the ones he had significant direct creative involvement in (whether it be directing or being the stunt director, etc.). One of the earlier memories of my childhood was watching Rumble in the Bronx with my father on VHS, and it’s a movie I own on DVD to this day. Its fight choreography still holds up really well in 2021, but one element definitely does not: the gang that Nancy and Tony are members of. Let’s look at why that is for a minute.Continue reading
Given the upcoming slew of holiday dramas, romantic comedies, and more, I’ve had a lot of thoughts on an issue facing the majority of them: the lack of meaningful drama. Granted, the purpose of these romcoms is to not push the edge and to make some guaranteed cash around the holiday season, especially in North America where holiday struggles are a nearly universal experience for people. So, theme perhaps made more tangential, what is it that makes a good drama?Continue reading
Billed as an “arthouse horror” film, The Lodge (2019) certainly puts forth the effort of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. However, while the film has its merits, it certainly falls short of doing anything spectacular, even though it still has its moments and redeeming qualities. Why did this film fall short in comparison to instant classics like Ari Aster’s Hereditary and Midsommar, or Robert Egger’s The Witch? Let’s explore.