‘Lady Macbeth’ Is a Shakespearean Tragedy at Its Coldest

Originally published on August 1st, 2017. Oh, the winds, the winds, how they whistle across the northern moors of England. They whip, sing and cut through the silence of grey skies and rolling hills and mounds in a constant state of ominous ambience. Filling your eardrums like the legato sounds of a cymbal that won’t…

Forget ‘John Wick’; ‘Atomic Blonde’ Kicks Ass In Its Own Way

Originally published on July 28th, 2017 Is it a blessing or a curse that Atomic Blonde will be forever tied with John Wick? Despite not getting quite as warmly received as either of the John Wick films, we’ll all be screaming ‘blessing’ if the film does better than the industry-expected $20 million this weekend –…

‘Valerian’: A Discussion About Finances and the Language We Use

Originally published on July 25th, 2017 Alright, first of all, I acknowledge that perhaps some of you may be asking yourself why I’m talking about Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a big summer tentpole, on a day reserved for international releases. Well, at the end of the day, what makes…

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Is the Definition of an Obnoxious Prestige Pic

Originally published on July 24th, 2017 One of the worst kept and least spoken about secrets regarding awards season is that it’s just as much of a crap shoot as any other schedule block. Just this past year, the Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard WWII drama Allied didn’t have the power suggested by its skilled…

‘Dunkirk’ Is Possibly Christopher Nolan’s Finest Hour

Originally published on July 21st, 2017 Watching movies from a critic’s perspective is simultaneously enjoyable and discomforting. On one hand, it’s fun to pick apart details, aesthetics and themes that a director or screenwriter will draw upon to give their project greater purpose. At the same time, tirelessly sending the mind into an intellectual tizzy…

‘To the Bone’s Potential Impact Goes Lost Amidst Narrative Convention

Originally published on July 20th, 2017 Not to resurrect old sexual lingo that has largely died and should stay dead, but Netflix got busy this past Sundance, didn’t they? Perhaps I’m realizing that a little bit later than I should considering the films I’ve covered so far this year, but they were picking up movies…

‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ Or Rather Columbia’s ’80s Dumpster Fire

Originally posted on July 16th, 2017 When I posted the review for Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, I kept saying that I felt undecided about whether it was just that film that I didn’t particularly like, or if I had grown past the post-grad and college reunion themed comedy dramas. After watching 2014’s About Alex yesterday,…