Thoroughly Modern Monday – 20th Century Women (2016)

It’s fun researching new first-time Academy Award nominees, and often quite enlightening. No career path is the same, even if most, if not all of the beginnings communicate the same messages of struggle and perseverance. For 20th Century Women writer/director Mike Mills, the journey must have seemed long with its own peaks and valleys, but…

Saturday Evening Fever – The Verdict (1982)

The line separating film and theatre is often fine enough to imagine a proscenium arch surrounding the aspect ratio, assuming such imagination is fitting. The acting styles and narrative beats may differ at times, but often enough, all that truly separates the two is a camera and the ability to edit storytelling. Those differences, however,…

Wednesdependents’ Day – Winter’s Bone (2010)

One of the reasons the Oscars is always so exciting is the potential of new blood shining amongst a sea of weathered vets, maybe even pulling an upset and taking home the gold for themselves. There aren’t many newcomers in this year’s actors categories, but the name that stands out the most is Ruth Negga,…

Tuesday of the World – Troll Hunter (2010)

You know a movie’s left a positive impression when the first thing you Google search afterwards is “species of trolls.” And no, not the ones you find in Internet comment sections and forums, you cheeky jerks. The Oscar nominations have been announced, and it’s go time for binging all of the nominated films, even the…

Thoroughly Modern Monday – Let Me In (2010)

Remakes often earn a lot of justified criticism, but there is a real art to doing one correctly. Assuming the original film was a domestic production, it’s a must that the filmmakers change the story just enough to separate their version; for example, Vincent Vaughn’s Norman Bates voyeuristically masturbating to Anne Heche in Gus Van…

Friday Night Lights, Camera, Action! – Split (2017)

In a sense, M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation as a director is an enigma. It’s hard to think of another filmmaker whose standing in the public eye can be met with equal shares of positivity and negativity, and yet, the word ‘polarizing’ doesn’t feel like an accurate descriptor even though it may fit the bill. For…

Thursdazed and Confused – Gimme Shelter (1970)

Just in case you were wondering, the answer is yes, hiring the Hells Angels to provide concert security is a terrible idea. Actually, I apologize. That’s not entirely true. Promising the Hells Angels they can drink as much as they wish during the show as long as they provide said security is what’s truly unconscionable….

Wednesdependents’ Day – God Bless America (2011)

How many times have you come across a car in a parking lot taking up multiple spaces and thought to yourself, “How does this individual sleep at night?” Well, perhaps that’s a bit of a rash reaction, but it’s an annoyance that still boggles the mind. For everyone who has made that response, maybe thought…