‘Solo’ Can’t Hide Its Production Woes In this Unnecessary Clunker

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story is the epitome of a studio trying their damnedest not to rock the boat; a bland and bloated excursion through the non-perilous waters of fan service and mythologizing disguised as worldbuilding and establishing a new story for a new generation of franchise fanatics….

‘Terminal’s Noir-ish Critique Is a Cynical Waste of Style and Talent

You may have heard of Vaughn Stein’s Terminal given its millions of trailer views, popularity with IMDb users with its relatively high search figures and a number of online movie news sources coming around with pieces excoriating it and scratching their heads over it, but to the wider film world, it might as well have…

In ‘Revenge,’ Cathartic Feminism Revives New French Extremity With an Intense, Extra Bloody Roar

John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, though especially the man himself, has irrevocably influenced how we consume media and the inherent politics of that consumption, though in the context of feature-length writer-director debutant Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge, referencing his work is a most unfortunate double-edged sword – why it’s unfortunate will come later. Berger elaborated on the…

‘Anon’ Proves Relentless Tedium Smothers All Good Intentions

If you have a digital footprint traceable through Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform, congratulations. You get to take comfort in knowing you’re doing your socially obligated duties to keep society in working order. Anyone who doesn’t is a social miscreant worthy of being immediately judged as a possible criminal. I can only…

‘The Week Of’ Frustratingly Suffers from Cold Feet

It’s all but confirmed every Thanksgiving and holiday season that families are nuts. Weddings only exacerbate this realization. Whether it be a single relative everyone tolerates and mentally ostracizes or a whole gaggle of them, that amount is multiplied by at least two, and for a brief period, all of them live in the same…